Sprawling MW House blends into the Peruvian landscape with an undulating green roof

July 13, 2017 by  
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MW House by Riofrio+Rodrigo Arquitectos acts as an extension of the desert hills in Peru . Resembling the relief of the rocky landscape and featuring an undulating green roof, this seasonal house establishes a direct relationship with its surroundings and offers a series of rich indoor and outdoor spaces to its occupants. The house comprises two L-shaped blocks that house different functions. The first one is the main house which accommodates the living room, dining room, kitchen, wine cellar and a bedroom. This volume also features spaces that direct the view of the main rooms of the house towards the nearest hills. Related: Peru’s Chontay house was made using locally-sourced wood and clay to help it blend in with the surrounding mountains The second, smaller side houses service rooms and the entrance, laundry, bedrooms, car parking, kitchen and a storage space . An open courtyard connects the main house with secondary and guest bedrooms and allows occupants to enjoy a direct connection to nature. All of this is enclosed under a green roof that helps the home blend seamlessly with the landscape. + Riofrio+Rodrigo Arquitectos Via Archdaily Photos by Juan Solano Ojasi

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Solar-powered Homegrown Trailers weigh just 2,500 pounds so you can roam freely

November 2, 2016 by  
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The Homegrown Trailer features a pop-up roof which can be fitted with 400 watts of solar panels , and lithium batteries with the capacity of 2400 watt-hours. Users can upgrade the panels to 800 watts and the batteries to and a 6000 watt-hours of storage. Sustainably harvested cedar, maple and poplar are combined with wool and cork floors for additional insulation. Related: Teenager turns a $200 run-down camper into a beautiful cozy escape The chassis is made from durable and lightweight steel frame which allows another 10 square feet of additional space at the rear of the trailer which can be used for storage or outdoor cooking. Inside, a pull-out queen bed and two extra-large twin bunks can fit up to four people and convert into couches during the day. A 12-gallon freshwater tank pumps to a large sink at the rear counter, sink water drains through back of trailer into a modular, external graywater tank , and 1.5 gallon water heater available as an add-on option. The composting toilet features a privacy screen. Hot water tanks, Gravity-fill water filters, portable outdoor shower system , brakes, swing tongue and spare tires are all available as add-on features. Related: Foldable Wide Path Camper is a whole different kind of bike trailer As of recently, you can also rent Homegrown Trailers, complete with a full battery charge, a full tank of fresh water, clean bedding, and a full set of eating and cooking utensils and equipment. For those looking to buy, the pricing starts at US$ 32,500, including the solar roof, mattresses, appliances and the composting toilet . + Homegrown Trailers Via Treehugger

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State of Green Business: The sharing economy goes B-to-B

April 11, 2016 by  
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From shipping to storage space to heavy-duty equipment, a new crop of companies riffing on Uber’s “collaborative economy” models are targeting corporate clients.

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Stunning revonated alpine workshop is bathed in natural light

June 19, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of Stunning revonated alpine workshop is bathed in natural light Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alpine architecture , alpine workshop , Daylighting , green design , green renovation , Messner Architects , natural light , storage space , wooden architecture

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Harvard Stores 70 Billion Books in Record Breaking DNA Bio-Library the Size of a Thumbnail

August 21, 2012 by  
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DNA photo from Shutterstock A team from Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering has discovered a way to store 70 billion books in a space the size of your thumbnail! Using next-generation sequencing technology, the team managed to encode the library in DNA, shattering the record for DNA data by a factor of 1,000. Harvard geneticist George Church picked his own forthcoming book, Regenesis , as a test subject and stored it 70 billion times. Read the rest of Harvard Stores 70 Billion Books in Record Breaking DNA Bio-Library the Size of a Thumbnail Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bio-library , DNA , DNA storage , genetics , George Church , Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering , Regenesis , storage medium , storage space

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Zero-Energy Fridge Uses Gel to Preserve Food

June 16, 2010 by  
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This one’s a weird one, kids, but still cool.  A new concept for a zero-energy refrigerator uses an odor-free, gel-like substance to cool and preserve food items. The Bio Robot Refrigerator was designed by Yuriy Dmitriev and is currently a semifinalist in Electrolux’s Design Lab competition.  The Bio Robot has no motor, compressor or other electrical components, but it does contain a green biopolymer gel that uses luminescence to preserve food.

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Pocket-Sized Fuel Cell Charges Gadgets Away From Home

June 16, 2010 by  
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Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies, a maker of cool fuel cell gadgets, like hydrogen-powered toy cars for kids , has introduced their coolest gadget yet:  a pocket-sized portable fuel cell power plant that can charge your cell phones, MP3 players and other devices. The MiniPAK , as it’s called, comes with two refillable cartridges that each store the same amount of energy as 1,000 disposable AA batteries.  It can charge devices requiring up to 3W and has a DC output of 2.5W.  It contains an air-breathing fuel cell and a solid-state hydrogen storage unit (meaning no self-discharging of the energy).

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