These 3D-printed off-grid tiny houses can withstand hurricanes and earthquakes

April 13, 2017 by  
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These 3D-printed off-grid homes manufactured by Ukrainian startup PassivDom are not only 100% self-sufficient – they can also withstand hurricanes and earthquakes. The “gadget houses” are completely powered by the sun , and they’re available as fully furnished modules that can be controlled by a smartphone. PassivDom ‘s homes use solar power to satisfy all the needs of their occupants – including climate control (heating and cooling) and air quality. Each house features state-of-the-art engineering including an air recuperation system, a heat pump for heating and cooling with a remote-controlled thermostat hub, a HEPA system, a photovoltaic off-grid system powered by LiFePO2 batteries, a gray water filtration system with heat recovery , heat energy storage, and a boiler and water tank. Related: 7 charming off-grid homes for a rent-free life The homes’ impressive performance makes them versatile enough to suit any climate and topography. An industrial 3D-printing robot creates each house layer-by-layer using printing materials like carbon fiber , fiberglass , and polyurethane – all of which are easy to recycle. Because the structures don’t have foundations, they are easy to transport and assemble in any configuration. + PassivDom

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New graphene sieve can remove even small salts from seawater

April 4, 2017 by  
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Graphene is the world’s strongest material, but that’s not all it can do. The wonder material can also be used as a filter that removes salts from seawater so it’s safe to drink. While scientists have eyed graphene-oxide membranes for better filtration – and even showed graphene could filter out large salts – now 13 University of Manchester scientists developed graphene membranes that can sieve common, smaller salts out of water. It takes small sieves to remove common salts from substances like seawater, and in the past when placed in water graphene-oxide membranes swelled, and weren’t able to catch those smaller salts. The University of Manchester scientists found a way to control the pore size of the graphene to sieve those common small salts out of water. Professor Rahul Nair, one of the scientists part of the research, said the realization of “membranes with uniform pore size down to atomic scale” is a significant step. Related: Affordable new biofoam could revolutionize how developing countries clean water The discovery could open doors to efficient, less expensive desalination technology – which the university points out is crucial as climate change depletes water supply in modern cities. In just around eight years, 14 percent of the world’s population could face water scarcity, according to United Nations estimates, and not all countries can afford large, expensive desalination plants to provide relief to their citizens. The university says the graphene technology pursued by the scientists could revolutionize water filtration around the world, offering an affordable option for developing countries . The researchers think their discovery could be scaled up for wider use. Nair said in a statement, “This is the first clear-cut experiment in this regime. We also demonstrate that there are realistic possibilities to scale up the described approach and mass produce graphene-based membranes with required sieve sizes.” The journal Nature Nanotechnology published the research online yesterday. Via The University of Manchester Images via The University of Manchester and Pixabay

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Inflatable spiky pinecone-shaped roofs top this forest resort in Latvia

March 21, 2017 by  
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Spiky ETFE roofs  top this airy forest resort and spa in the historic region of Kurzeme, Latvia. 3GATTI Architecture Studio and OFL Architecture teamed up to design the Pinecones Resort using sustainable construction techniques and prefabrication , resulting in a fairytale-like woodland setting in harmony with its natural surroundings. The resort comprises cone-shaped units with inflatable roofs made from 100 percent recyclable ETFE that has a minimal carbon footprint . Lightweight and flexible, this material offers the possibility of creating dynamic building forms. The roofs will be inflated by a recyclable SPF sprayed eco foam with superior insulation and structural qualities. The laminated lightweight frames, made from locally-sourced wood, support the roof membrane and allows it to withstand snow loads. Related: Labyrinthine resort in Bangladesh lets nature take over The resort will focus on providing Blue Clay treatments based on organic and naturally abundant material. Different programs will be distributed across the site, with wooden bridges connecting the units housing winter tubs, saunas, therapy rooms and dining areas. In addition to the aforementioned sustainable features, the resort will also include a water filtration system, geothermal loops, and solar window technologies. + 3GATTI  + OFL Architecture Via Archdaily

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Parabosol is a portable solar-powered water treatment system for remote areas

April 11, 2016 by  
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Over 1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water globally. Although clean water is a basic human right, it continues to be a growing epidemic in the developing world, predominantly in remote communities. Hakan Gürsu of Designnobis devised the Parabosol , a portable solar-powered water purification system for use in remote areas. The system filters and purifies drinking water using a parabolic mirror that boils contaminated water at up to 400 degrees celsius. After boiling, a set of sand and carbon filters catch sand particles and remove odor dissolved gases. Parabosol can clean up to 170 liters of water in a single use. The project was honored with the silver award at the 2014-2015 A’ Design Awards, and it was also a nominee in Design Index 2015. + Parabosol The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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Incredible KOHLER Clarity purifies drinking water for less than one cent a day

November 26, 2015 by  
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Flussbad Berlin Wants to Build an Enormous Natural Swimming Pool in the City’s River

October 21, 2014 by  
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Nonprofit Flussbad Berlin has proposed a remarkable brownfield rejuvenation project for the center of Berlin: transforming an underutilized canal into an enormous outdoor natural swimming pool for summer recreation. And in winter, the pool would serve double duty as a skate rink. The canal, which flows along one side of the city’s UNESCO heritage-listed Museum Island, would be filtered by gravel beds to ensure public health and safety in the water, and the natural swimming pool , known as a Flussbad, would be a whopping 750 meters in length. Read the rest of Flussbad Berlin Wants to Build an Enormous Natural Swimming Pool in the City’s River Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: berlin , brownfield redevelopment , Flussbad Berlin , germany , gravel filtration , green space , reed beds , River Spree , Spree Canal , swimming pool , urban rejuvenation , water filtration

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NKD AQUA POD Promises to Supercharge Filtered Water with Minerals and Electrolytes

December 11, 2013 by  
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There are plenty of water filtration systems that promise to help rid your tap water of microorganisms and bacteria, but what happens to all the natural minerals? That’s where the NKD AQUA POD comes in with its promise to turn ordinary tap water into pure mountain quality spring water as you drink. Coming in the form of a portable water bottle , the NKD AQUA POD is said to not only filter your water but also supercharge it with natural minerals and electrolytes. Read the rest of NKD AQUA POD Promises to Supercharge Filtered Water with Minerals and Electrolytes Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bacteria free water , better tasting water , carbon water filters , clean water , clean your tap water , delicious water , drinking water , electrolytes , FILTRON , microclusters , mineral water , mountain spring water , NKD AQUA POD , NKD AQUA POD water , NKD AQUA team , super charged water , water filtration        

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Moringa Oleifera Tree Seed Extracts Purify Water Naturally

December 6, 2013 by  
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Moringa Oliefera tree seeds via Shutterstock A seed extract from the Moringa Oleifera tree could provide a natural and inexpensive solution for water purification . Through a collaborative research project between Uppsala University, Institut Laue-Langevin in France and the NIST Center for Neutron Research in the USA has optimized the process to make the seed extract even better at removing particulates from water. The new research gives improved insight and could now be advanced for use in larger-scale water treatment plants. Read the rest of Moringa Oleifera Tree Seed Extracts Purify Water Naturally Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: drumstick tree , horseradish tree , Institut Laue-Langevin , moringa , moringa oleifere tree , moringa tree , natural water filtration methods , NIST Center for Neutron Research , seed extract , uppsalla university , water filter , water filtration , water issues , water purification        

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Berkey Water Filters Provide Clean, Fresh Drinking Water At Home and In Disaster Relief

November 9, 2012 by  
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With bottled water and potable tap water both so readily available in developed countries, it’s easy to take clean drinking water for granted. But when natural disasters strike, one of the first things to sell out on store shelves is bottled water, and running water may be either turned off or compromised by pollutants. Domestic water purifying pitchers and faucet filters are perfectly fine for every day use, but most of them simply weren’t designed to filter untreated water like the kind you may need to drink in emergency situations. Unlike those other off-the-shelf, refrigerator-sized water filters, Big Berkey water filters were actually made to purify water from untreated sources like remote lakes, streams and stagnant ponds and are used by relief organizations such as UNICEF , the Peace Corps, and the Red Cross . They use a much more powerful filtration system that removes harmful pathogenic bacteria, cysts, parasites, and unhealthy chemical contaminants such as chlorine to levels higher than 99.99%, a capability that would be invaluable to your family in a disaster situation where you were unable to secure clean water. Big Berkey water filters can be a lifesaver in emergencies, but they’re also a smart, elegant and beautiful green product to use in your home on an everyday basis as a great alternative to bottled water or a refrigerator water filter because they filter water so powerfully, and the high-tech filters last for 3-5 years as opposed to a few months. Read the rest of Berkey Water Filters Provide Clean, Fresh Drinking Water At Home and In Disaster Relief Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: berkey , berkey light , berkey water filter , big berkey , clean water , drinking water , emergency drinking water , emergency water filtration , potable water , purify water , royal berkey , water filter , water filter system , water filtration , water filtration system , water purification , water purifier

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Striking Heritage School With Stone Walls and Curved Roofs Mimics the Rolling Green Hills of India

November 9, 2012 by  
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