A new study by the Harvard school of public health and SUNY upstate medical university finds that workers in green certified building have higher cognitive function than their peers in non-certified buildings.
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Opening up a new field of design for construction technology, the US Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is envisioning futuristic materials that repair themselves. After recently launching the Engineered Living Materials (ELM) program, DARPA’s goal is to create a whole new class of construction materials. Imagine engineering living cellular systems into the […]
Researchers at Masdar Institute in Abu Dhabi have created a new coating for glass that blocks heat transfer at less cost than traditional methods.
How much do we really know about the connection between EMFs and health concerns. Should we worry about our LED bulbs and EMFs?
Yes, you read the title correctly – reversible concrete! It seems like an oxymoron – concrete is known for its stability and strength, and its permanence. Well, not anymore! Last October at the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Self-Assembly Lab at MIT and Gramazio Kohler Research of ETH Zurich showed off a process that might finally one-up […]
US Dept. of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) scientists are developing a new paint-on coating that will help building owners improve the energy efficiency of their windows, without the need for trained installers. “Instead of hiring expensive contractors, a homeowner could go to the local hardware store, buy the coating, and paint […]
Thanks for stopping by Part III of this interview series conducted with John Perlin, author of “A Forest Journey: the Story of Wood and Civilization.” I believe this is an important book to read in understanding the history of deforestation and knowing the significant role forests have played in the survival of both our civilization […]
A new paint from Sherwin-Williams boasts the ability to kill bacteria within two hours of contact with the painted surface. It is the first EPA-registered microbicidal paint that continuously kills bacteria for up to four years after application. Paint Shield offers customers an important new tool to help prevent the spread of bacteria that can cause […]
At the Maker’s Faire in New York in September, a design for a 3-D printed ice house on Mars was awarded first prize. Now the real work begins.
Mycoremediation, the use of fungi to treat water and soil, could be the stormwater filter of the present and future. A couple of projects in Portland, Oregon are putting the science to the test. According to Wikipedia, “one of the primary roles of fungi in the ecosystem is decomposition, which is performed by the mycelium. […]
A group of scientists from University of California, Berkeley, have developed a new tool that measures a building’s dimensions, locates HVAC systems and ductwork, and maps out the location of electrical sources, all in an effort to improve building energy efficiency. When a building is slated for improvements, designers usually have to comb files to […]
Lowe’s Innovation Labs is now offering 3-D printing of household hardware items from a Lowe’s-owned Orchard Supply Store in Mountain View, California. While 3-D printing is becoming more commonplace, it takes a certain knowledge to program a printer to create an item. With Lowe’s new system, average homeowners are able to design and print their […]
Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) is bringing science fiction to life, launching two demonstration projects to create and test a carbon-free, power-to-gas system for the first time ever in the U.S. The technology converts electricity into gaseous energy and could provide North America with a large-scale, cost-effective solution for storing excess energy produced from renewable […]
Moving forward from from incandescence to fluorescence to light-emitting diodes to carbon nanotubes! We are witnessing the inspiring evolution of lighting, all which translates to far greater energy efficiency and better living conditions. Take this news item, for instance, about carbon nanotubes in the quest for better lighting. Beyond LEDs: Brighter, new energy-saving flat panel […]