New Building Technology Update for Dec. 30, 2008

December 29, 2008 at 10:00 pm 1 comment

I came across several interesting building technologies today that I would like to share with all of you.

The most practical and the simplest is a replacement air vent grill that allows you to close off those unused rooms in your house or apartment saving on heating and cooling bills.  I know that closeable vents have sort fo been around but this one is programable and allows configuration possibilities.  The story is courtesy of the OhGizmo.com website ( http://www.ohgizmo.com/2008/12/29/vent-miser-programmable-energy-saving-vents/) and I think it is an idea that I will certainly look into due to the deceased cost versus other similar options.

Excerpt: “They’re designed to easily replace the vent covers found around your home, and can be programmed to automatically open or close at set intervals for different days of the week. They don’t actually tie-in to your home’s heating or cooling system and don’t feature a thermostat, but if that guest bedroom stays unoccupied for a good part of the year, it seems like an easy way to save a few dollars on your power bill.

The Vent-Misers are available from Amazon in different sizes and colors ranging in price from $22.49 up to $27.00.

Another interesting story is about a proposed different method of handling public trash collection with an underground installation of vacuum operated tubes that would remove types of segregated trash to central collection points without the need for the current curbside collection method.  The story is on Treehugger.com ( http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/12/sucking-garbage-envac.php) and unfortunately is pretty pie in the sky. The costs involved in retrofitting our existing cities would be tremendous and the return on investment would be in terms of generations.  I could see this being put in however into a completely new development such as a housing track or the controlled developments that the Disney company has tried in Florida.

Excerpt: “ Here is an infrastructure investment America should consider: an Envac waste disposal system. Instead of filling our streets with garbage bags and waiting for trucks to pick them up, many European cities (they invest in infrastructure that isn’t for cars there) are trying out these clever underground vacuum systems. Garbage is separated into “fractions”- paper, organics, or other garbage, deposited in chutes where it is held until a computer opens the gate at the bottom of the tube and sucks a particular fraction down the pipe to a processing center. The result? “…A drastic reduction of road transportation of waste, improved hygiene and enhanced occupational health and safety standards.” And better looking and smelling cities.

Lastly tonight is a story about solar powered air conditioning.  Seems obvious doesn’t it?  Well Steinway, those folks who build the pianos have put a system together on one of thier factories.  the stroy can also be found on Treehugger.com ( http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/12/steinway-solar-air-conditioning.php).

Excerpt: “Solar-powered air conditioning just makes so much sense; it is usually hottest when the sun shines brightest. Now piano maker Steinway has installed an 80 ton absorption chiller that is powered by hot water from tracking solar panels. In the winter, the solar collectors provide water for heating.

The reasons are straightforward; according to VP Andrew Horbachevsky in the New York Times:

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  • 1. Solar Powered Cars  |  January 6, 2009 at 6:04 am

    Very interesting read. There are some novel ideas there that could definitely reap some very big benefits. Keep up the good work!

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