The team hopes to retrofit the home to ultimately qualify for certification in the LivingBuilding Challenge. “What would be the point of living if we built a bunch of hyper-efficient concrete boxes? We need to preserve the beauty and history of what’s already here,” said Grocoff.
Termite dens look otherworldly, but they are surprisingly comfortable places to live. While the temperature outside swings wildly throughout the day from lows in the 30s to highs over 100, the inside of a termite den holds steady at a comfortable (to a termite) 87 degrees.
Singapore's first tidal turbine test-bed was launched in Sentosa on Wednesday.
Designed, built and installed by a group of engineers from NTU, and in collaboration with the Sentosa Development Corporation, the system tests the feasibility of tapping tidal energy to generate electricity.
Though tidal energy is a new field in Singapore, its key advantage as a renewable energy source is that tidal cycles are predictable, unlike conventional wind and solar energy, which are highly susceptible to weather fluctuations.
The system already produces energy to power the lights at Sentosa Boardwalk Turbine Exhibit.
In the coming year, it will further analyse how low-flow tidal energy can be used efficiently and made cheaper and more reliable.
The informative exhibition, which is part of the Sentosa Sustainability Plan, will have information about tidal energy and showcases a miniature tidal turbine prototype. The exhibition is open to public.
Dr Michael Lochinvar Sim Abundo, research fellow at NTU’s Energy Research Institute, said: "This location (Sentosa Boardwalk) is a very good spot for tidal occurrence because it is channelled between two islands - Singapore and Sentosa, which causes an acceleration of the flow much like a funnel."
Mike Barclay, chief executive officer at Sentosa Development Corporation, said: “We do have some pretty good tides around Sentosa, quite strong tidal flows so we can extract energy from them, generate electricity and prove something that could be scaleable for Singapore as a whole, something that really works for us."
La disparition des forêts tropicales se poursuit inexorablement, malgré les nombreuses initiatives promouvant des instruments de marché. Ceux-ci ont échoué. Enrayer la déforestation implique en fait de réduire la consommation et de changer le mode de développement.
A short film showing how the forest regenerates itself as dead wood gives birth to new life. The trees in this forest have been responsibly harvested for the production of carton board which is used by the packaging industry.
This sharp, jutting structure isn’t just at the cutting-edge of technical training provision for students in Nijmegen, Holland – it’s also one of the (The building at the sharp edge of #sustainability thanks to Tata Steel
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“Designing Recovery,” a competition focused on the planning and rebuilding of resilient and sustainable communities, has announced its three winning entries, bysustainable.to Architecture + Building, GOATstudio LLP, and Q4 Architects.
The competition, which was a collaboration between the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Make It Right, Architecture for Humanity, the St. Bernard Project, and Dow Building Solutions, was envisioned to aid communities affected by devastating natural disasters.
“When examining all of the designs submitted we continually asked ourselves if this would be a house we would want to live in regardless of safety considerations,” explained Jury Chair, Michael Willis, FAIA, NOMA. “The three designs that we chose all had the ideal combination of addressing disaster mitigation and actual livability.”