TAG: design

Thermo Electric Uses

power from car tailpipe

We put lot of sweat and engineering to produce energy which runs our lives, but as much as two thirds of this energy gets dissipated as waste, particularly in the form of heat. Recent reports show that a new material can bridge the gap between energy produced and wastage through heat. An international team of researchers has developed a new material which generates charges from the temperature variations across its two ends. These thermo electric materials, when commercialised, will find their place in a variety of applications. Let’s take a simple example. A car drinks a lot of energy to… read more

The Cost of Design

The cost of design

Integrative design processes are the most important aspect of successful green building, whether they are guided by the LEED rating system or another system, codes, incentives or a visionary owner. In any case, the “integrative” part is pivotal. The systems need to be optimized in tandem, not in their separate silos of control and importance.  When the glazing and window locations are being planned, the heating and cooling systems should be discussed.  When the ceiling heights move up or down, this may affect the furniture planning (bunk beds or not?) and the use of ceiling mounted radiant panels.  All of… read more

$9 Cardboard Bike

Cardboard Bicycle

In an effort to be more ecologically-friendly, over the last few years many people have started riding bicycles to work and using them for short distance travel.  This has forced bicycle designers to make the design more attractive and light weight. Many companies have already started replacing the heavy metals in bicycles with carbon fibre. But an Israeli researcher, Izhar Gafni, has designed a totally cool and innovate bicycle which is made from an even lighter material – cardboard. Typically like most other great innovations the first prototype of his cardboard bicycle design was a failure.  It looked unattractive and therefore… read more

Giant 3D House Printers

Contour Crafting Construction

While methods for assembling roads, bridges, and tunnels have evolved over the years, the procedures for home construction remain virtually the same. In Third World countries, this failure to modernize has cost many lives each year through dangerous construction practices, and delays the process of transforming impoverished nations into cultured societies. Recently, the method of 3D printing has gained popularity in the manufacturing and scientific industry. These printing devices are capable of taking certain construction materials and turning them into 3-Dimensional products. So far, organs, tools, artwork, and even guns have been printed and sold in retail stores worldwide. Scientists… read more

Green Building For Profit

Building better and more efficiently

Triple Bottom Line (TBL) is a cyclic thought and action process: engage stakeholders, understand the problem, find solutions, repeat and repeat again. One result of TBL in the design and construction industry is that we are finally moving past the egocentric view that we can design whatever we like and then engineer the systems to make the building comfortable for others to live and work in. We can save money and energy as well as improve our health if we incorporate location-based diversity into how we design and build and renovate buildings. We also see that construction work is the… read more