New Building Materials and Technologies for Jan. 19, 2009

January 19, 2009 at 11:13 pm 3 comments

Tonight I have a pretty good if somewhat diverse collection of materials and technologies to make your home or office more efficient and sustainable.

First we have a more environmentally friendly drywall product reported on at Cleantechnica (http://cleantechnica.com/2009/01/16/new-cleanboard-drywall-is-made-from-coal-power-plant-residue/).  The product uses a combination of wallboard from the waste stream and coal fired powerplant waste.

Excerpt: ” The Mojave Desert-based solar thermal plant will be up and running soon, but the company is currently doing limited manufacturing at another site and purchasing carbon offsets to counteract pollution. And while all drywall uses gypsum, CleanBoard sources its product from coal-fired power plants and unused wall board from construction sites.

Next we have our electrical section which includes a better light switch, light bulbs and a device to make your dryer more efficient.  First we have a new wireless light switch that doesn’t require, wiring, batteries or maintenance.  Reported by Great Possibilities (http://www.greatpossibilities.com/articles/publish/echoflex.shtml?page=1) this switch get its power from the actual action of the switch itself!

Excerpt: ” The battery-free switches operate like normal light switches except they transmit wireless signals to control lights and fans. The switches are powered by energy harvesting technology where the act of clicking the switch creates the energy necessary to control devices. Wireless switches are an excellent alternative to the traditional wired switch as they are designed to last equally long but require no maintenance and no wiring.

Next we have a company called Smart Lite that has come out with a line of compact fluorescent where you only change out the bulb on a ballast you keep in place there by lessening replacement costs and reducing waste. The product was announced at CES  and the story by Treehugger is here: (http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/01/ces-2009-smart-lite-changes-the-bulbs-not-the-ballast.php).

The Dryer Miser is an invention that potentially cut the energy cost to dry a load of clothes in half. It does this by changing how the air inside the dryer is heated. The story on GreenerDesign (http://www.greenerdesign.com/news/2009/01/15/dryermiser-cut-dryer-energy-use-half) goes into some detail.

Excerpt: ” The DryerMiser, developed by Hydromatic Technologies Corporation, changes the way the air inside dryers gets heated up. By using heated fluid instead of a gas flame or electric heating elements, the DryerMiser halves how much energy a dryer needs and can dry loads in 41 percent less time that typical dryers.

The device has recently passed tests by product safety certification organization Underwriters Laboratory. Although the Underwriters Laboratory mark is not required for equipment put on the market, it shows consumers and companies that a product has met certain standards.

Lastly tonight we have a couple of sites that provide interesting information. The first is a collection of information on the advantages of certain houseplants have on improving the indoor air quality in your home or office (http://www.gdrc.org/uem/stat-plants.html).  I am curious if anyone can help me find a collaborating sites for this page.

The other is a story about a proposal to make an online game about save energy and energy efficiency in general.  The idea is to combine the smart metering technology and the internet to drive the competitive spirit and push towards greater efficiency!  The story on Clean Technica can be found here: (http://cleantechnica.com/2009/01/15/energy-efficiency-the-massively-multiplayer-online-game/).  Sounds like a very interesting idea that I hope is coming to your neighborhood soon.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Clean Coal Companies  |  January 20, 2009 at 3:30 am

    The clean coal is process used for reduction of global warming . where it is useful not to waste the natural resources .

    Reply
  • 2. Solar Battery Chargers  |  January 20, 2009 at 6:59 am

    Very good collection of ideas and innovations. It is always imperative to look at ways you can cut your energy consumption as the first point of call when looking to cut down your greenhouse gas emissions. This is a great way to start. Thanks for the info!

    Reply
  • 3. building materials  |  August 20, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    I think this will be perfect for every house especially nowadays people knows how to eye a place. Thanks for sharing and more power!

    Reply

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