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New Technology Pipes Daylight into Windowless Rooms


By Forum for the Future on 23 November 2012 in Asia and the Pacific, Buildings, Components with 2 Comments.
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By Alan Fookes at Green Futures

Innovative technology from Sunportal, a recent South Korean and British joint venture, promises to deliver natural daylight to windowless spaces through a series of high-tech pipes, without heat gain or loss.

A mirror tracks the sun throughout the day, reflecting its rays onto a parabolic dish, which then focuses the reflected daylight into a small ‘light pipe’ aperture. The concentrated light then travels through a series of relay lenses “over any distance and in any direction”, according to the company.  A diffuser ensures that light evenly reaches the desired areas.

The patented Sunportal offers luminance beginning at 80lux and peaking at 500lux (one lux is equivalent to light intensity during early twilight). What happens when the sun gets too faint? An integrated high-efficiency LED light kit, which can be connected to the mains, kicks in.

How to get ahead in sustainable living.


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The GuardianHow to get ahead in … sustainable livingThe GuardianAdvising tenants on how to reduce their carbon footprint and cut their energy costs is becoming part of the core skills expected of frontline housing officers.

Jim Gramata‘s insight:

Sustainable living starts with healthy homes and having these core sustainable principles to all aspects of our built environment.

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green, healthy homes, healthy homes Chicago, sustainable, Smart buildings, green building, green energy, carbon footprint, housing

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Energy forum opens in Italy to explore affordable green building solutions – Global Times


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Energy forum opens in Italy to explore affordable green building solutionsGlobal Times… not enough,” he said.

Jim Gramata‘s insight:

This post states that from 2020, new European Union laws will require new buildings to be built at net-zero energy consumption. If true very impressive…leading the way.

Topics Include:

Green, healthy homes, healthy homes Chicago, sustainable, sustainable architecture, healthy home owner education, green building energy efficiency, green building preparation and development

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British construction companies amongst keenest to invest in sustainable buildings


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Green building practices are becoming the norm across the globe, with Singapore and the UK setting the best examples, according to a new poll.

Jim Gramata‘s insight:

Is the US willing to shift our building practices towards a more healthy sustainable design path? We can do better than 65% but Britain is moving it forward. Let’s get going here at home.

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Congress Creates New Water Heater Energy Efficiency Ratings


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new water heater energy-efficiency rating system for the US

Jim Gramata‘s insight:

From my last post about making no small plans to this post about the smallest of common housing systems; the domestic hot water heater and the congressional rating system about to be established for our country. Small plans too are just as important as the larger ones.

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A Sustainable Community – Constructech


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A Sustainable CommunityConstructechGreen building is growing at a rapid pace. Rather than one-off, high-tech, sustainable buildings, many governments have something a bit larger in mind—sustainable city centers.

Jim Gramata‘s insight:

Daniel Burnham said (amongst other wise things) “Make no small plans”. Take heed Chicago and global friends. Think sustainable at the neighborhood scale and city center scale.

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A Sleek Pre-Fab Design For The Modern Homesteader


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Many high-design concepts for sustainable housing remain just that: concepts. We see them on blogs, but they’re either too expensive or impractical to make it to our neighborhoods.

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The First Net-Zero-Energy Stadium Will Be In The Next World Cup


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Brazil is about to do double-duty hosting international sporting events–first, the 2014 World Cup and then the 2016 Olympics. That means some serious sports center remodeling is in order.

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Sustainable Style : Rebuilding or Renovating Your Home with Reclaimed Wood


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I first talked about reclaimed wood, briefly, in my piece 10 Eco-friendly ways to Renovate your Home…. Now, on the heels of Hurricane Sandy many of us are looking to rebuild or renovate our homes after suffering severe damage and devastation.

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