Browsing the "Green Technology" Tag

Robotic Bird: Nature & Tech Combine To Teach Efficiency

August 19th, 2011 | by Chris Keenan

Inventors created a robot bird that has the ability to take off and fly by flapping its wings. The focus on the research involving this robot bird is learning how to maximize energy efficiency and how to conserve resources. The hope to be able to take the dynamics and qualities of this project and transfer them to create new technologies with hybrid vehicles

Ireland Leads the Way in Clean Technologies

March 10th, 2011 | by Jennifer Shockley

Countries such as Ireland and companies like IDA are encouraging economic green growth and advance clean technologies that need to be used throughout the world and are willing to partner with companies everywhere to get it done.

Solar Panel Garage Door

July 19th, 2010 | by Chris Keenan

Hybrid cars are gaining in popularity thanks to sporty models like the Toyota Prius. These vehicles prove to the average [&hellip

Top 10 Green Building Products 2010

June 24th, 2010 | by Susie Kim-Carberry

Sustainable Industries announced the release of its 2010 Top 10 Green Building Products guide, the annual publication profiling industry-leading green [&hellip

Prohibited Green Technologies

October 22nd, 2007 | by Philip Proefrock

Green technologies make good sense to most of us, but incomplete or uncoordinated implementation can lead to circumstances where green technologies are not able to provide the full benefits that they can. In some instances, regulatory requirements can even lead to making green technologies counterproductive.

Waterless urinals present one striking example of how regulations and green technology are not yet working together. In some municipalities, waterless urinals have not been allowed by building inspectors because they do not meet code requirements. Or, in some cases, building inspectors have allowed waterless urinals to be installed, but have required the builder to provide plumbing supply lines to bring water to the waterless urinal locations (though capped off and hidden behind the finished wall). The rationale for this is that if the waterless urinals are later removed and replaced with conventional urinals, extensive renovation will not be necessary to bring water to the location.

This upsets many of the green benefits of using waterless urinals in the first place. While waterless urinals provide water savings, that is not the only green benefit to incorporating them into a green building. Waterless urinals, when installed without a water supply line, provide savings in materials by avoiding the installation of likely dozens of feet of water supply pipe. Given the material cost, the high embodied energy content, and the extensive mineral use in mining, refining, and creating even ten feet of copper pipe, much of the savings from installing a waterless urinal is wiped out. Because of this, it will take much longer to realize the savings that using a waterless urinal should provide.

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