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Design+Build Magazine Issue #6

Working in the field of electrical engineering, I am the first to admit that I look at the world from a particular perspective: one that sees energy in how it affects buildings, infrastructure, costs, and so on. However, far beyond the business side of energy, we have to take a moment to fully process how [...]

By |May 5th, 2016|Design+Build Magazine|0 Comments

Design+Build Magazine Issue #5

As we ring in the New Year, there is a sense of excitement and anticipation—a feeling of renewed vigor for the year ahead. For many, it means New Year resolutions and the attempt to make life better, not just for ourselves but also for our planet. However, a resolution should be accompanied by a true [...]

By |January 13th, 2016|Design+Build Magazine|0 Comments

Used Chevrolet Volt Batteries Help Power New IT Building

MILFORD, Mich., June 16, 2015 /3BL Media/ - What happens to the batteries that power Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric cars when their useful life is done? Five of them are helping keep the lights on at the new General Motors Enterprise Data Center at its Milford Proving Ground. Repurposed scrap Volt battery covers already star in a [...]

By |June 25th, 2015|Industry|0 Comments

PepsiCo Brazil Turns Oat Hull Waste Into Inexpensive Energy Source

At the Quaker Oats plant in Porto Alegre, Brazil, PepsiCo is taking an innovative and environmentally friendly approach to energy production. Instead of using fossil fuels, like natural gas, to fuel its steam-producing boiler that is used to process oats for Quaker products, the company has turned to a renewable biomass – oat hulls. Oat [...]

By |June 18th, 2015|Industry|0 Comments

ORNL superhydrophobic glass coating offers clear benefits

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 11, 2015 – A moth’s eye and lotus leaf were the inspirations for an antireflective water-repelling, or superhydrophobic, glass coating that holds significant potential for solar panels, lenses, detectors, windows, weapons systems and many other products. The discovery by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, detailed in [...]

By |June 17th, 2015|Industry|0 Comments

Refrigeration system using direct sunlight

A group of fInal-year Mechanical Engineering students of the Sree Chithra Tirunal College of Engineering developed a prototype of a refrigeration system much cheaper than solar panels. A group of final-year Mechanical Engineering students of the Sree Chithra Tirunal College of Engineering (SCTCE), Pappanamcode, have developed a prototype of a refrigeration system using direct sunlight, [...]

By |June 10th, 2015|Industry|0 Comments

Design+Build Magazine Issue #4

A slow revolution can be discerned, slowly solidifying itself around the globe—a revolution that challenges everything we know about the construction industry and about the future of sustainability. The direction that buildings and communities will take is becoming increasingly clear. It is no surprise that construction approaches must adjust, after all with the planet that [...]

By |May 28th, 2015|Design+Build Magazine|0 Comments

Chinese Builder Puts Up 57-Story Skyscraper in 19 days

CHANGSHA, China (AP) -- A Chinese construction company is claiming to be the world's fastest builder after erecting a 57-story skyscraper in 19 working days in central China. The Broad Sustainable Building Co. put up the rectangular, glass-and-steel Mini Sky City in the Hunan provincial capital of Changsha using a modular method, assembling three floors [...]

By |May 21st, 2015|Industry|0 Comments

The 40-storey thermometer

The high-tech apartment block will change COLOUR with shifts in the weather A group of Avant-garde light designers in Melbourne are about to take an apartment tower and transform it into a beautiful canvas that can tell you more about the weather than looking up at the sky. Thirty-five 'fins' run up and down the [...]

By |April 9th, 2015|Industry|0 Comments

Sainsbury’s powers fridges using its suppliers’ sugar beet waste

eCO2 is made from waste sugar beet in the UK by the manufacturers that supply Sainsbury’s supermarkets with sugar. The new CO2 natural refrigerant from A-Gas - eCO2 - is the first high specification Carbon Dioxide refrigerant to be produced sustainably in the UK and is a product that can make a significant difference in cutting a store’s [...]

By |April 2nd, 2015|Industry|0 Comments