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Smarter Urban Transportation Speeds Forward with Big Data Analytics (Part 1 of 2)

Smarter Urban Transportation Speeds Forward with Big Data Analytics (Part 1 of 2) | Sustainability [Learn - Imagine - Create - Share] | Scoop.it

Urban Transportation around the globe faces very interesting and challenging times. Not only is it important to view transportation as a network of modes (different kinds of mass transit, roadways, bicycle lanes, pedestrian needs) but transportation must be viewed in the context of environmental conditions, health, population demographics, land use policy, and urban planning, to name a few. Transportation decisions can no longer be made in a vacuum without considering many other systems and factors.

 

In Engineering there is a ‘system of systems’ approach that becomes useful in situations where individual systems operate independently on certain levels but share in a beneficial synergy as a single ‘complex system’ in order to consolidate functions, resources, and vision to lead to better outcomes for all. Over-arching attributes for urban transportation as a ‘system of systems’ centers on value to the entire community gained through achievements such as  mobility, safety, reliable services, access to cultural activities and venues, and positive citizen experiences.


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Off-grid itHouse: efficiency, passive systems & environmental design

Off-grid itHouse: efficiency, passive systems & environmental design | Sustainability [Learn - Imagine - Create - Share] | Scoop.it

The itHouse is a design system developed by Taalman Koch that utilizes a series of components prefabricated off-site to better control the construction waste, labor, and quality of the finished product.


Conceived as a small house with glass walls and open floor plan, the itHouse maximizes the relationship of the occupant to the surrounding landscape while minimizing the building’s impact on delicate site conditions.

Energy efficiency is achieved in the itHouse through passive heating and cooling, utilizing site orientation and cross ventilation, radiant floor heating, hi-efficacy appliances & equipment and the use of solar photovoltaic & thermal panels...


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Germany: Former war bunker transformed into green energy power plant

Germany: Former war bunker transformed into green energy power plant | Sustainability [Learn - Imagine - Create - Share] | Scoop.it

Energy and utilities company Hamburg Energie has joined forces with IBA Hamburg to transform a former Nazi anti-aircraft flak bunker into a green energy power plant. The Hamburg-based "Energy Bunker" has already begun producing energy for the local community, but once running at full capacity will provide up to 3,000 homes with heating, and another 1,000 homes with electricity.


Originally constructed in 1943 to serve as an anti-aircraft bunker, complete with gun turrets, the 42 m (137 ft) -high building also sheltered local people from Allied bombing raids during WWII. Though the British Army made an attempt to demolish the building on the war's close, blowing up its massively thick walls was deemed too dangerous to nearby buildings. The British ultimately settled on destroying much of the interior, and the bunker remained in this neglected state for over 60 years.


The Energy Bunker is outfitted with several sustainable technologies. The main feature is a 2 million liter (528,000 US gallon) water reservoir that acts as a large heat store and plugs into the existing Reiherstieg district heating network. The reservoir itself is heated by several methods: a biomass power plant and wood chip burning unit which feed into a large boiler, a solar thermal array installed on the roof of the bunker, and waste heat produced by a nearby industrial plant.

 

A large photovoltaic system is installed on the south-facing facade of the building to produce electricity, and the wood chip burning unit is also used to produce electricity. A peak-load boiler and large battery array ensure that the energy output is kept steady at all times.



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