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DOM(E): Sustainable Geodesic Prefab for Any Location

DOM(E): Sustainable Geodesic Prefab for Any Location | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it

No Rules Just Architecture has created DOM(E), an prefabricated off-grid home that is an eco-friendly and portable shelter. DOM(E) provides optimal living conditions no matter where it is located and is less expensive than traditional construction, while making the best use of natural energy resources.

 

DOM(E) can be folded for transport and assembled on-site. Its shape provides for natural ventilation while utilizing an underground duct system for heating and cooling. Solar panels connect to a hot water tank and rainwater collection systems can be made part of the drainage system that surrounds the enclosure.

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Ursula O'Reilly Traynor's comment, July 30, 2013 4:35 AM
we love this! ty Lauren!
Maryline Khan's comment, July 30, 2013 6:50 AM
very impressive!
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Solar power plus batteries could topple 10GW of US natural gas peaker plants

Solar power plus batteries could topple 10GW of US natural gas peaker plants | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Solar power and battery storage are now competitive with the cost of natural gas peaker plants in some markets.
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Batteries can't solve all our energy-storage problem. Here's the solution

Batteries can't solve all our energy-storage problem. Here's the solution | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Copenhagen, Denmark Sometimes, there can be too much of a good thing. Every so often, from California to Germany, there's news of “negative electricity prices,” a peculiar side effect of global efforts to generate clean energy. Solar farms and wind turbines produce varying amounts of power based on the vagaries of the weather. So w
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Power companies paying consumers because the have too much renewable power? Seems too good to be true but these innovators are banking on it.
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Dozens of world mayors sign Chicago Climate Charter

Dozens of world mayors sign Chicago Climate Charter | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Visit Crain's Chicago Business for complete business news and analysis including healthcare, real estate, manufacturing, government, sports and more.
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So proud Chicago hosted this global event of 50+ mayors from across the globe to address the urgent issues being discussed on the city level about climate and global warming.
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Inverter Chargers Could Be the Future for Solar Energy

Inverter Chargers Could Be the Future for Solar Energy | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Including a car charger could be commonplace for solar installations before long.
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Another huge advancement in #solar #power storage and another example of technology leading the way into the third industrial revolution #tir
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World’s first “negative emissions” plant turns carbon dioxide into stone

World’s first “negative emissions” plant turns carbon dioxide into stone | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
There’s a colorless, odorless, and largely benign gas that humanity just can’t get enough of. We produce 40 trillion kg of carbon dioxide each year, and we’re on track to cross a crucial emissions threshold that will cause global temperature rise to pass the dangerous 2°C limit set by the Paris climate agreement. But
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The Cities Of The 21st Century Will Be Defined By Water

The Cities Of The 21st Century Will Be Defined By Water | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
“If we only respond to the past, we will only get answers that fit the past,” says Dutch water expert Henk Ovink.
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Looking to the future in water management is of great importance especially large scale developments but equally important in small scale as well.
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Planes, trains or automobiles: What's the most carbon-efficient way to travel?

Planes, trains or automobiles: What's the most carbon-efficient way to travel? | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Reduce your carbon footprint by using public or shared transport, and walking or biking for short trips.
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Tesla solar roof tile connector system explained in new patent

Tesla solar roof tile connector system explained in new patent | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
At this point, we already know a lot about Tesla’s solar roof tiles with the launch in May and details released through certification. But not much is known about the mechanism that links all…
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Musings about Martin Holladay's Musings of an energy nerd (book review)

Musings about Martin Holladay's Musings of an energy nerd (book review) | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Everybody who designs or builds houses should read this book, but it needs a bit of an edit.
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For those who know Martin Holladay, he recently put his thoughts into his book aptly titled Musings of an Energy Nerd. It's worth buying, reading and putting into action!
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Low Maintenance Cladding

Low Maintenance Cladding | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Habitech is an Australian modular design and building system that creates
modern, super strong and highly insulated houses. Offering full design
flexibility, Habitech's houses are not only much faster to build, but offer
a much more sustainable solution to creating a high-performance housing.
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“We use magnesium oxide board for its stability and longevity. It’s made with 50 per cent sawdust, and the manufacturing process actually absorbs carbon dioxide.”
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Report Hails Chicago as 'Green' Leader for Year-Over-Year LEED, Energy Star Strides

Report Hails Chicago as 'Green' Leader for Year-Over-Year LEED, Energy Star Strides | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Chicago, IL - Chicago’s city office buildings are 66 percent LEED or Energy Star certified
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Have I mentioned Chicago is the greenest commercial real estate city in the nation? Well it's worth repeating
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How To Live Calmly: Bring Wind And Water Indoors

How To Live Calmly: Bring Wind And Water Indoors | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Dancing sunlight patterns reflected onto an interior ceiling from a wind-disturbed external water surface.
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An interesting study about the effects of bringing natural elements "indoors" to calm its inhabitants.
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Magic: plastic turned into energy

Magic: plastic turned into energy | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Green buildings and sustainable cities – news and views
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This is a massive technological achievement if it is successful commercially. Our plastics are only partially being recycled and a bulk are ending up in landfills or the ocean.
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‘World’s First’ Solar-Powered train to begin operation in Australia

‘World’s First’ Solar-Powered train to begin operation in Australia | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
We “found a dilapidated train, restored it, and are powering it with a 4.6 billion year old power source” is how Jeremy Holmes, development director of the Byron Bay Railroad Company su…
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All aboard!
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How Affordable is Housing in U.S. Today?

How Affordable is Housing in U.S. Today? | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Maps that explain the World.
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Jim Gramata's curator insight, November 15, 5:02 PM

Here is a great interactive map look at affordability across our great nation. The map image uses the Housing Affordability Index (HAI) to display which areas are estimated to have the least or most affordable housing. Counties shaded darkest red represent areas with the least affordable housing, while areas shaded the darkest gray are the most affordable. The midwest looks pretty great with that one exception...Chicago.

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Newly discovered property of graphene could lead to infinite clean energy

Newly discovered property of graphene could lead to infinite clean energy | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Physicists have discovered a new property of graphene that could be exploited to generate endless, clean energy.
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A bit technical but the future looks bright for this #cleanenergy breakthrough!!
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There Was So Much Wind In Germany Last Weekend That Electricity Was Free

There Was So Much Wind In Germany Last Weekend That Electricity Was Free | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
This is what happens when you build the hell out of renewables.
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Free energy for an entire nation! Leadership is awe inspiring regardless of Trumps fake news claims.
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World’s first “negative emissions” plant turns carbon dioxide into stone

World’s first “negative emissions” plant turns carbon dioxide into stone | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
There’s a colorless, odorless, and largely benign gas that humanity just can’t get enough of. We produce 40 trillion kg of carbon dioxide each year, and we’re on track to cross a crucial emissions threshold that will cause global temperature rise to pass the dangerous 2°C limit set by the Paris climate agreement. But
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Milestone: 150 Mayors Endorse 100% Clean Energy!

Today, the Sierra Club’s Mayors For 100% Clean Energy initiative reached a major milestone: 150 mayors from across the country have signed onto the campaign and pledged to power their communities with 100 percent clean, renewable energy. Civic leaders from across the country are stepping up to make it known that they care about the health of their residents and the strength of their local economy by advocating for 100 percent clean, renewable energy.
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Potential carbon capture game changer nears completion

Potential carbon capture game changer nears completion | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
If it works as expected, the Net Power natural gas demonstration plant will capture carbon at nearly no cost.
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Watching this closely. Could be a brilliant technological breakthrough in energy production.
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A Modern Mobile Home Dropped in Place by Crane

A Modern Mobile Home Dropped in Place by Crane | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
On the edge of a historic park in an English shire, a prefabricated home sets a new design standard.
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This is about the same footprint as a typical Chicago single floor dimension on a standard lot. Lots can be achieved with this two part crane erected house.
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‘Green building’ measures may have fuelled London inferno

‘Green building’ measures may have fuelled London inferno | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Construction and fire experts have warned of the dangers of covering the exterior of buildings with types of panels, some of which have been banned in the US under certain circumstances
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Following up with an earlier post about SIP panels. While this isn't exactly the same material it's similar enough to warrant a connection and warning.
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To SIP or not to SIP? It’s complicated.

To SIP or not to SIP? It’s complicated. | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
Australian builder Habitech uses Structural Insulated Panels to build very efficient homes that go up fast.
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Evaluating green roof effectiveness

Evaluating green roof effectiveness | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
How effective are Green Roofs?
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You've got to dig down to get the answer but this is an interesting study from my research brethren at the University of Illinois Champagne
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Tech firms are forgetting about STEM and focusing on STEAM

Tech firms are forgetting about STEM and focusing on STEAM | Healthy Homes Chicago Initiative | Scoop.it
It was recently thought that four subjects alone could spur innovation by bringing order and logic to creative thinking: Science, technology, engineering, and math—fields known to much of the modern world by their acronym STEM. But STEM is already passé. A new acronym has come to the fore, pioneered by advocates like the US's Rhod
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The arts or A were left out of my education until I brought it in during grad school in my MArch degree. We need the balance of art with the sciences to be innovative when considering human factors in design.
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