Guest Post: Protect your Garden Waste and Rubbish from Vermin with a Sturdy Garden Bin

Is your garden waste or rubbish attracting foxes and vermin to your home? Are you worried that, perhaps, these unwanted critters will find their way to your yard where you store your rubbish? There are a few things you can do to prevent your area from attracting unwanted and unhealthy pests. By investing in a sturdy garden bin to hold your organic waste and taking care to reduce your waste through effective methods, you can increase the likelihood of enjoying…

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Modular Design Lab: Meet the Flat-Packed Honeycombed HIVEHAUS

Here is an interesting way to approach building an easy-to-assemble living space, configured to be as small or large as you wish. HIVEHAUS, a new concept in modular living space – “inspired by nature- influenced by modernism and constructed using unconventional building techniques,” writes the UK-based company. Each hexagonal HIVEHAUS cell is a self-contained unit with low energy LED lighting and 240v electrical sockets installed as standard. A wide range of additional plumbing, heating and electrical options can be installed…

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Climate Change and the Oceans: Two Research Studies

The following news releases on climate change have been provided by EurekAlert. Sea-level rise to drive coastal flooding Review of studies show that sea-level rise, shoreline retreat will drive storm-related flooding Clamor about whether climate change will cause increasingly destructive tropical storms may be overshadowing a more unrelenting threat to coastal property — sea-level rise — according to a team of researchers writing in the journal Nature this week. After reviewing nearly 100 research studies, the scientists say accelerated sea-level rise certainly…

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New thermoelectronic generator

Highly efficient new design for thermoelectric generator, described in ‘Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy,’ converts heat and solar energy into electricity Previous models of thermionic generators have proven ineffectual because of WASHINGTON D.C. Dec. 3, 2013 — Through a process known as thermionic conversion, heat energy — such as light from the sun or heat from burned fossil fuels — can be converted into electricity with very high efficiency. Because of its promise, researchers have been trying for more…

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Lucid Stead by Phillip K. Smith, III

“Lucid Stead” Project Statement – Phillip K. Smith, III After the long, dusty, bumpy, anxious trip out into the far edges of Joshua Tree, you open your car door and for the first time experience the quiet of the desert. It’s at that point that you realize you are in a place that is highly different than where you just came from. Lucid Stead is about tapping into the quiet and the pace of change of the desert. When you slow down and…

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Financial decision makers need weather and climate information to manage risks

Climate change is no longer simply a political argument. Maximizing returns on financial investments depends on accurately understanding and effectively accounting for weather and climate risks, according to a new study by the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Policy Program. The study also found that weather events create and exacerbate risks to financial investments by causing 1) direct physical impacts on the investments themselves, 2) degradation of critical supporting infrastructure, 3) changes in the availability of key resources, 4) changes to…

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Meet the Alter Bike: Electronic Architecture and Hydrogen Storage

A new concept of electric bicycles The launching of the ALTER BIKE, a new concept of electric bicycles which relieves the user from most of the usual constraints of electric mobility: No plug-in infrastructure for charging is necessary, lighter weight and range availability on demand. Presented on the 30th of May 2013, at the 20th Congress of “Le club des Villes et Territoires Cyclables” in Nice, ALTER BIKE is a real revolutionary innovation in electric bicycles. A partnership of three…

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FilterWatch: Your Energy Efficiency Lookout

Paying the unneeded cost of heating a home in winter is never a welcome expense, especially if it’s a matter of clogged air filters affecting your home’s energy efficiency. Fortunately, this is a problem that can be addressed with a cost-effective solution called FilterWatch. Let’s start with this straightforward benefit: “A simple, effective energy efficiency solution that will save you money.” Add cleaner air to the list of benefits, especially the air we breathe in and out most days of…

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Guest Post: When is the best time to purchase and install replacement windows

The number #1 reason why homeowners pay more As any homeowner will know, maintaining the appearance and integrity of your home can be a demanding task, requiring hands-on application and extensive personal research to find not only the best products for your home, but also the most effective ways in which to apply them. Windows are no exception. The wide variety of styles and visual possibilities can be a bit overwhelming for both new and experienced homeowners alike. Though some…

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Green Globes Gains GSA Recommendation

The Green Building Council’s Leadership LEED system is no longer the only program the General Services Administration (GSA) endorses for federal building construction and renovation; now there is Green Globes. The Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes has received a recommendation from the GSA during a scheduled review of the building certification system. Government construction is no longer confined to a single certification – news that is riling company CEOs and environmentalists alike. The GSA recommends new or renovated buildings gain…

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Cleaner and greener cities with integrated transparent solar cells

High power conversion of new solar cells that are thin, flexible, and transparent makes them ideal for a wealth of new applications Imagine buildings in which the windows allow the sun’s light to enter, and at the same time capture the energy from the sun needed to meet all their energy needs. In this seemingly futuristic scenario, the windows become productive solar cells that help us decrease our reliance on fossil fuels and advance towards a greener and cleaner environment.…

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NREL Sets New World Record with Two-Junction Solar Cell

Our thanks to Mathias Maehlum from Energy Informative for providing GBE readers with a third informative article, “NREL Sets New World Record with Two-Junction Solar Cell.” Scientist Myles Steiner has announced that The Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has set a new world record at 31.1% for a two-junction solar cell. The research team at NREL beat Alta Devices` previous record by 0.3%. The new solar cell consists of a layer of gallium indium phosphide on a gallium arsenide cell. Bilayer anti-reflective coating sits on the…

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Zero-Down Solar Leasing for New Homes

Our thanks to Mathias Maehlum from Energy Informative for providing GBE readers with a second informative articles on solar energy leasing. His next article “NREL Sets New World Record with Two-Junction Solar Cell,” will be published this weekend. The solar PV market has been though a lot of changes in the last couple of years. Since Solarcity introduced the model of zero-down solar leasing back in 2006 many solar providers (including SunRun, Sungevity, SunPower and Real Goods Solar) have followed suit. Third-party-ownership has become the…

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What are Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV)?

Our thanks to Mathias Maehlum from Energy Informative for providing GBE readers with a series of informative articles on solar energy technologies like BIPV. His next two articles, “Zero-Down Solar Leasing for New Homes,” and “NREL Sets New World Record with Two-Junction Solar Cell,” will be published this week. Some homeowners are turned off by how solar panels affect the appearances of their homes. Building-integrated photovoltaics – basically solar panels incorporated into the construction of new buildings – can eliminate the negative visual impact…

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Benefits of On-Site Machining

Any commercial activity that relies on heavy plant machinery also has a vested interest in making sure that downtime, whether due to maintenance, improvements or repairs, is kept to an absolute minimum. Continued operational effectiveness has to be maintained if disruptions to production processes are to be avoided and this can present particular problems depending on the field of activity. Downtime Downtime occurs when a system is unavailable or offline and the primary function cannot continue. Whether this is due…

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Guest Post: Tax Credits & Deductions for LEED Energy-Efficient Building

Whether you are thinking about constructing a new building, you have already entered the planning and design stages for your building, or you are renovating a building, you understandably want to take a closer look at what it takes for your building to qualify for LEED certification. This is a special type of certification that may qualify your building for money-saving tax credits and deductions. By taking a closer look at what is required to earn this certification and what…

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