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School buildings are only in use for a small portion of the year, and schools are increasingly strapped for cash. Local communities often need spaces for activities such as classes, markets, fairs, and so on, but need this at low cost.   This is where sharED comes in: an online platform that advertises out of hours school spaces for community use, providing an income for schools, and an affordable way of accessing amenity space for local communities. Schools can post the types of spaces...

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In an age of sustainability focused on the short term of carbon reduction, it is important that we maintain an understanding of the broader characteristics which make places sustainable over the longevity of time (Croxton, 2003).  As society has progressed through economic prosperity and technological innovations our personal understanding of time has grown increasingly shorter (Lawson, 1999). The disparate realities of these two perspectives on  time  are at the crux of shifting mindsets...

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It is being developed by architects, designers, engineers, inventors, manufacturers and builders, collaborating to develop the best, simplest, most sustainable, high-performance building technologies, which anyone can use and improve. Our aim is for these technologies to become new industry standards; the bricks and mortar of the digital age. Our Mission: To put the design solutions for building low-cost, low-energy, high-performance homes into the hands of every citizen and business...

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Water Monsters are mobile drinking fountains, conceived as part of the #OneLess Design Fellowship to help venues, retailers, events and places across London to tackle single-use plastic water bottles. The Monsters are designed for a range of urban venues and outdoor environments – an immediate and economical alternative to the installation of costly stationary fountains. Watch this DIF film to find out how the Monsters collect drinking water from existing fountains and taps, which they can...

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bioMASON’s technology uses microorganisms to grow biocement™ based construction materials which are produced in ambient temperatures using locally available materials, without fuel for firing the material. bioMASON enables savings in energy costs and zero carbon emissions. The manufacture of concrete, one of the most energy intensive materials, uses limestone shale converted into Portland cement through high-heat processes. Global cement production in 2008 amounted 2.8 billion tons, with...

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ECOR is a commercialized cellulose-based material made from natural and man-made waste that can be used to manufacture a wide range of construction products. ECOR is a flexible and multi-use material for construction, interior design and furniture-making. It is made from cellulose fibers, an abundant material found in urban, agricultural and forest waste. Waste materials such as cardboard, wood and by-products from agriculture are combined with water, and then heated and pressurized to...

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Archiblox has incorporated best design practices to create modular prefabricated houses that are carbon positive and feature multiple green technologies. Archiblox’s Carbon Positive House offers easy, quick and resource efficient construction with a minimal environmental footprint. When in place, the homes generate more electricity than they use. Energy efficiency is achieved with the use of natural heating and cooling techniques, such as in-ground cool tubes and insulating green roofs....

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This retrofit system utilizes unused thermal energy from existing air-conditioning systems to reduce and optimize energy use for heating and cooling water by up to 70%. Hot water in many commercial facilities is normally supplied via central boilers that are powered by fossil fuels, while air cooling is provided by electric air-conditioning systems. Phoebus Energy has developed a self-contained water heat pump, which takes unused and excess thermal energy from existing air-conditioning...

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Currently limited to vehicles, batteries and electronic waste, the Urban Mine Platform is an initiative by Prospecting Secondary Raw Materials in the Urban Mine and Mining Wastes (ProSUM) designed to build awareness and quantify the availability of valuable materials ripe for scrap mining. Given a smartphone alone contains approximately 40 critical raw materials, with a concentration of gold 25 to 30 times that of the richest primary gold ores, there’s a decent incentive. And it’s better...

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The new BAMB Materials Passports platform will fill a gap in the marketplace by providing a ‘one-stop-shop’ to describe Circular Economy value across the building cycle, especially for using and re-using components and materials, and reducing generation of waste. A main aim is to support transition of the building industry from linear to circular by letting users identify value potential throughout the building cycle, from planning and construction through occupancy, repairs, renovations,...

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Open plan and flexible workspaces are becoming more prevalent, but the environmental preferences are difficult to cater for, with most workspaces employing a one-size-fits-all environment for large open areas. The Office 3.0 design principles allow for all user preferences to be catered for, reducing energy use and increasing user comfort. Architecture firm Carlo Ratti’s refurbishment of the Agnelli Foundation’s headquarters in Turin employs devices and building services connected via the...

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