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    Algae-makes-biodiesel

    Algae is the new crude. It converts CO2 into triacylglycerol and can break down into a sludgy form of organic crude material (biomass), that can then be further broken down, chemically converted into ethanol and biofuel.

    The question of whether algae will replace fossil fuels is the wrong question; the question is how much of earth's "oil producing" capabilities can be sped up by using algae?

    "Well, it is a basically simple process that uses temperature, pressure, and time to accomplish the chemical conversions ... A lot of people think of fossil fuels as, you know, dinosaurs and giant ferns and things. There is some of that, but the bulk of the organic matter was algae. Gradually the organic matter converts into slightly different forms, which make up the material that comes out as crude oil or natural gas.”

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    "One of the biggest single sources of greenhouse gases and other pollution to our atmosphere are landfills. They decompose over time creating methane and other greenhouse gases."

    "In urban areas as much as 40 percent of all trash is food waste."

    -- Modern Marvels Environmental Tech II

    In nature this process takes months, but with an indoor composter supercharging waste for the perfect oxygen, moisture content and temperature, compost can be made in as little as two weeks.

    Source source Tag(s) compost, recycling
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    Mailorderhouse

    Know of any eco-friendly mail-order house companies around today?

    "From 1908 until 1940, Sears offered 370 models to choose from. Houses available ranged from the modest "Starlight" to the stately "Alhambra." One option was a sweet little bungalow, called "the Osborn."

    "It was one of their best selling homes," says Thornton. "I've seen 'Osborns' all over the country."

    After you picked out the house of your dreams, Sears would mail it to you in 30,000 pieces. The kit included 750 pounds of nails, 27 gallons of paint and varnish, 10 pounds of wood putty, 460 pounds of window weight, 27 windows, 25 doors and a 75 page instruction book.

    By following the instructions, you could build "the Collingwood," "the Chatham," "the Maytown," "the Vallonia" or "the Chelsea." A home could be brought for $500 and up.

    Sears Roebuck promised that a man of average abilities could build one of their homes in 90 days. "

    Source source Tag(s) architecture, mail-order house, building, design, ideas
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    Enhanced-buzz-32282-1381858013-11

    I like tiny houses.

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    Added over 3 years ago view
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    Multipod-prefab

    Pop-Up House: the affordable passive house from Multipod-Studio on Vimeo.

    Source source Tag(s) architecture, prefab, lean
    Added over 3 years ago view
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    Vo-trong-nghia-architects-inside

    Interior of the Vo Trong Nghia Architecture

    Tag(s) urban planning, architecture
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    Vo-trong-nghia-architects

    Vo Trong Nghia Architects have designed a multi-unit dwelling whose front and rear facades are aesthetically-pleasing spaced concrete planters.

    These planters protect residents from noise and pollution while providing a wam streaming sunlight filter on the interior. A green roof on top of the building also lower energy costs and reduce the amount of city-street runoff.

    Source source Tag(s) architecture
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    Solarpower

    "More and more Americans are discovering the truth about solar: It saves money and helps the planet. In fact, every four minutes another American family installs solar panels on their home. A clear indication that solar energy has become a cost-effective energy option for homeowners .

    But mistaken beliefs about solar persist—it’s too expensive, too complicated, too unreliable. Going solar really is far easier and less costly than most folks think. Below we debunk the most persistent myths about solar panels."

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    Added almost 4 years ago view
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