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5 big sustainable building solutions to watch for this year

Posted by Guest Author on 13/08/15 07:30

With our planet’s natural resources depleting and energy costs rapidly rising, the demand for sustainable building solutions grows every day. This year is slated to be a huge year for sustainable technology, with many major releases. Here are five sustainable building solutions to watch for in 2015.

Real Green Power

Founded in 2009, Plant-e is a company based in the Netherlands who have been developing a method of generating electricity using water-based plants. CEO Marjolein Helder presented their system earlier this year at the first annual Coneybeare Cleantech Leaders Conference, where she displayed how microorganisms in the roots of water plants consume organic matter, emitting electrons as a waste product which can be harvested to create electricity. While the system does not currently generate a lot of power, it is already being tested for powering small constructions. In September the system will see its first installation, powering a Wi-Fi hotspot at the Christian College of Zeist in the Netherlands.

Smarter Homes and Gardens

Despite droughts effecting the majority of America’s West Coast, many people are unwilling to give up the creature comfort of their home garden. According to GreenIQ, garden irrigation systems waste as much as 50% of the water they consume because they fail to take into account weather patterns. Their new Smart Garden Hub is designed to minimize this waste by connecting to your home Wi-Fi and altering your watering schedule to take into account local temperatures and precipitation. This system can be controlled in real time with a laptop, tablet, or smartphone and can even be set up to control your garden lighting based on sun rise and set.

New LED Contender

While they are best known for their top of the range vacuum cleaners, the British technology company Dyson has carved out a niche for themselves by optimizing existing technologies. Their latest project has been to rethink the LED bulb. While LEDs are a leading sustainable lighting product, they are not without disadvantages. One major issue they face is that, while they do not generate as much heat as other bulbs, they heat up internally. This burns out internal components shortening the lifespan of the bulbs. Dyson’s CSYS LED system uses an aluminum pipe as a heat sink to keep bulbs cooler, resulting in an extended lifespan of around 37 years per device.

Fusing Energy Solutions

When 67% of electricity in the U.S. is produced by burning fossil fuels, it becomes more and more necessary to find alternate methods of producing energy. WindStream Technologies’ latest innovation, the SolarMill, combines solar panels and windmill technology to produce sustainable energy for homes and businesses. Because this sustainable building solution uses both wind and solar, it can provide power even after the sun has gone down, continuing to generate power at wind speeds as low as 4.5 mph.

24 Hour Lighting Solution

Another system designed to combine multiple sustainable technologies is the Generation 2.0 Ciralight SunTracker. This system, releasing in 2015, combines solar tracking skylight technology with full spectrum LEDs to provide high quality light for 24 hours a day. Solar tracking skylights can provide free light for up to 10+ hours a day and electric LED bulbs consume less energy than any other form of electric lighting, meaning that this system can massively reduce the lighting cost of your facility while providing the incredible benefits of natural light.

This is a guest post, originally published by Ciralight


Topics: Renewable energy & heat, Water, Energy, Technology, Energy efficiency

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