Almere, a large city in the Netherlands starts with the development of an ecological residential area.
The future residents will live in an ecological area with energy-efficient homes and where waste water treatment is organized naturally.
The houses in the ecological district in Almere will be developed with well-insulated facades, triple glass and wooden windows. In addition, wall heating is combined with solar panels and integrated ventilation. According to the developers, the CO2 impact is less than 10 percent compared with a regular house of concrete and steel. Read More
Miners use their bare hands to filter out precious minerals using a sluice. These countries can be compensated of we agree on international quotas for minerals
Critical minerals are running out too fast: there should be quotas
Last week, Theo Henckens has been promoted on this worrying thesis. “We need a kind of international agreement on minerals.”
Molybdenum is a mineral that is essential in the production of high-grade stainless steels. But within 80 years Earth will be running out of molybdenum, like many other major minerals. By the end of this century there will be a shortage, unless the reuse of molybdenum will be drastically increased. Read More
Hundreds of volunteers helped to restore coast Alabama, building oyster reefs
We need to protect our coasts from global warming and – because of that – the sea level rising. But should we only use concrete seawalls?
Why not use nature against nature. Or a combination with classic engineering?
It’s a beautiful, natural coastal protection and soften shoreline defenses are multifunctional. It’s attractive to all kind of sea lives, tourism, fisherman and therefore a whole industry behind. Let’s have a look at alternatives. Read More
how to keep the climate comfortable in buildings, without energy-intensive installations
Do you also have dry eyes and headaches in your office building? This new Facade System allows a building to ‘breathe’. Tobias Becker used biomimicryfor a pleasant indoor climate.
The German engineer Ing. Tobias Becker has developed a glass facade system that requires minimal energy to generate a pleasant indoor climate. The system allows air through holes and makes buildings ‘breathe’. Read More
Previously, the standard was “the more fuel you burn, the harder you work. Nowadays, this attitude has changed into a sport to reduce as much as possible, according to the certified construction companies
Construction companies, which are certified for the CO₂-Performance policy, achieve 3.2% CO₂ reductions per year.
Remarkable, while the national trend is that CO₂ emissions are increasing. Thais was reported by a new Dutch research team. Read More
Daan Roosegaarde introduces the Free Smog Tower: a 7 meters high tower that creates smog-free air in the area.
“It’s my job to look around, and find new proposals to solve global issues. I have been involved in fashion and highways. And since 2014, I am involved in smog.”
Daan Roosegaarde introduced the ambitious idea for the Free Smog Tower. He started a Kickstarter Project with the goal to built a 7 meters high tower in Rotterdam that creates smog-free air in the area. Read More
One of them is a school which even will deliver electricity to the grid
The other is an Environmental Education Centre (picture) is housing offices, a restaurant, exhibition halls and a doctors practice. But for both of the buildings, the solar chimney is The Big Innovation!