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Landscaping with Lexmark Ink Cartridges as eLumber


More than just a novelty building idea for oddballs living in quirky seaside towns, recycled ink cartridges are making their mark on the building industry. A durable wood substitute can be made from the recycled cartridges, and Lexmark has already nabbed the green publicity potential involved with the concept, sending eLumber on its merry way to a Lexington, KY neighborhood via Habitat for Humanity where it will fulfill its new destiny as a retaining wall.

eLumber can be used for landscaping and www.y-e-n.net non-structural elements in building. The product is black, but can be painted and formed to look like wood and rock, and is touted as highly durable, and water- and insect-resistant…since it is plastic and all. Tom Little from Lexmark, says, "This year we're doing something that's never been done before. It takes completely recycled cartridges and turns it into eLumber. There's no waste, so it's about as green as you can get." Sure, until we get curious about how much energy is put into the recycling process. But we’ll let them have their day in the sunshine.

The product will go commercial later in 2008, but will cost up to 20% more than wood. I guess they’re leaning on the trend toward green building to get buyers for the viagra online 50mgs product.

Via GoodCleanTech, Cartridge, WKYT

 

Ecobay Puts Estonia on Green Map


Estonia
is putting its green face forward with a new sustainable city to what is the cost of cialis be built next to its capital city of Tallinn. Architects from Schmidt Hammer Lassen have won a design competition for their Ecobay design, a realistic concept city that is sustainable and eco-friendly.

 

The city will be located on the Paliassaare peninsula overlooking the Baltic Sea, and will have everything from wind farms, to geothermal heating, to hydro electricity to run its schools, houses, shops and businesses. Sustaibable elements have been drawn into the city's structure; for example, it is designed to minimize the need for transportation, and building layouts take into account the harsh wind conditions and cheap discount levitra there are varying heights of structures so that solar and wind power are maximized.

 

We’ve seen a lot of sustainable concept cities pop up – many of them destined to stay concepts while others are starting to pan out – but this one has some serious potential to be all it’s drawn up to be. The new Ecobay will be built over the next 15 to 20 years, and will be home to http://panaceahealthsolutions.com/levitra-medication about 6,000 people on the 481,000 square meters of space.

 

Via Ecofriend, Designboom, SHL

 

7,000 SF Home Has Zero Carbon Footprint


The Eco House in Spain aims to be the first zero carbon footprint home in Andalusia and it sure looks damn pretty.

The most apparent feature of the house is the tramadol 50 mg tabs roofline that sits wing-like above the building line. The shape of generic viagra sale the roof and its distance from the building is key. The position of the angle holds the solar panels in the right position to maximize energy capture while also hiding them from view. The shape also allows less heat transmitted into the house as the space between the two rooflines allows air to pass over the building adding to the cooling effect. Adjustable louvered vents located just below the building’s roofline lets in the cooler air to pass through rooms while the visionwidget.com accumulated hot air floats up and out of the house.

The main living area hovers above a 12-inch-deep canal of water, which again contributes to cooling the house so air conditioning isn’t needed. A rainwater reclamation system will be installed so gray water can be recycled from holding tanks located in the basement. The pool won’t need those nasty pool chemicals because it will be filled with saline water. Solar panels will supply electricity to run a radiant heating system within the floor and geo-thermal energy will provide a back-up cooling and heating system.

The design of the home, at nearly 7,000 square feet, is built with two-thirds less waste than traditional models and buy real cialis online without prescription operate 80% more efficiently than similar sized home. It’s high-end luxury, but hey, if you can afford to build a home like this, there’s no reason to how can i buy viagra in canada skimp on doing it as green as possible. The designers Diseño Earle hope to have the house available for purchase sometime in 2009.

 

Via JetsonGreen, d-earle

 

A Critique of Rotating Wind Towers


The news has been abuzz the past couple of weeks with news of selling viagra online rotating towers, which will magically extract lots of energy from the wind, and with this abundance of energy, will be able to rotate their individual floors to face any aspect. There are some nice 3D rendered architects drawing on the internet at the moment, which seem to have captured everyone’s imagination. It's a lovely concept in the 3D playground of the conceptual architect, and whilst I can see that the idea might take off in a virtual world such as second life...I'm not sold on the idea.

There are a number of reasons. Gazing into my green ball, I think that the engineering challenge is... not insurmountable - but impractical.

I. I've had the indian levitra tablets pleasure to visit a few different countries in Eastern Europe. The russians had rather a penchant for building T.V. towers in the capital cities of their satellite states. The tall buildings served as transmitters for Soviet propaganda, and by and large had some sort of observation deck at the top. Take Vilnius, Lithuania, sitting at the top of supportmichaelocc.ca the tower, eating Cepilinai, our gastronomic feast was disturbed by the creaking of our platform as it rotated on its bearings. (I can only suppose that the reason this video has been dubbed with some music it to blur out the sound of the rotating platform creaking on its rails) It starts of as amusing - then becomes irritating by the end of the meal... so I can imagine sitting in my apartment with the rotating remote in my hand, looking at the view out of the window as the building rotates and I hear the sound of my floor creaking on its bearings.

II. Consider all the unexpected harmonics that will be set up in the central core, by a combination of rotating floors and wind turbines rotating. The Millenium Bridge in London (think Tacoma Narrows) gives us a nice illustration, of what seems like a fairly straight-forward piece of engineering, but soon turns into a nightmare. It turns out, that something as simple as the vibrations induced by people walking on the bridge (the purpose it was designed for) caused the bridge to natural levitra pills rock uncontrollably from side to side.

III. Car lifts... The architect of just try! buy cheapest levitra one of these towers, envisages lifts in the central spine of the building, which you can drive your car into be whisked up to your respective floor, where you can park you car and get out onto your rotating room. This is a dumb idea for a number of reasons. I've been living in a block of flats with a car park out back with a pair of car lifts that move cars between two floors. Whilst it looks hi-tech, I am pleased that I have a ground floor parking space. I've had to call the fire brigade to get people out.

IV. The wind turbines. Sandwiched between two floors (which in themselves will likely induce turbulence?) how much wind energy are these turbines really likely to capture? Presumably in order to flow the prices cheapest levitra wind needs to strike the building perfectly perpendicularly - the turbulence created by the adjacent floors - I am sure will disrupt any hint of laminar airflow.

It's a pretty idea, and I'm certainly not a luddite that dislikes big thinking, but what I do object to how strong is 5 mg of cialis is fundamentally unsustainable ideas being jazzed up with a bit of EcoGeekery and palmed off on the open-jawed public who look on with wonder as sustainably sound.

There are some wider questions that we need to be asking in relation to tall buildings, and a bit of green window dressing doesn't go far enough to achieve the radical change required.

 

Old Stadium Turned To Lush Urban Garden Metropolis


Profit plays a big part in how urban spaces are used. Luckily, we sometimes see that low profits are good for the environment.

Osaka Japan housed a baseball stadium that few people cared to visit. In 2003, the stadium was shut down, but with its prime location near the Namba Train Station, folks knew it was a waste not to convert the building and utilize it for something that would indeed turn a profit. The Nankai Electric Railway, owner of generic viagra pill the site, worked with architecture company Jerde to create a unique, artistic and www.smartersecurity.com practical application for the building. Jerde came up with turning the 8.33 acres of urban concrete into a productive office and retail complex that features 2.2 acres of lush gardens that welcome visitors in from the street.

We know that green roofs and urban gardens can significantly help reduce the temperature of concrete- and asphalt-covered cities, by as much as 7° or 8° Fahrenheit, so in Osaka’s harsh urban landscape, this burst of green, dubbed Namba Parks, is a welcome relief.

It's nice to canadian drugs viagra see an eco-friendly revamp of existing space, rather than a giant demo and concrete re-build. The curves and levels of green are absolutely beautiful, so I’m hoping this project is a bit of inspiration for the ugly gray sprawl of US areas like downtown L.A. Be sure to stop by Jerde’s website to look at some of is pfizer viagra available in india the spectacular photos of the building.

Via EnvironmentalGraffiti, Jerde; Photo via A Posh Sentinel

 
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