Building Technology Update for July 1, 2009

July 1, 2009 at 9:38 pm 3 comments

I have a very wide ranging collection of technological improvements for you tonight, everything from new materials for sidewalks to new safety equipment to help you find your way out in a fire!

On the recycle and reuse front we have a couple of items that help divert waste from our landfills.  The first is Rubber sidewalks ( where this product reuses a discarded tire for every 1 square foot of product! Imagine a sidewalk you could remove and reinstall in a single day to fix sewer problems, not to mention the injury savings from not having raised areas by tree roots.

The next item along this same tack is a roofing single product made from recycled palstic and rubber.  The article on Cleantechnica ( speaks of the product Enviroshake that is very durable but at a significant price point increase.  Still it may be worthwhile if you are in need of some LEED ponts.

Another old is new technology is a design we all may be needing as our climate heats up is the second roof as is shown in this great post on Green Building Elements (  This scenario presents a low tech very sutainable solution for making your house much more efficient in all types of climate situations.

One of the neatest items I have seen lately is this Halo light concept.  It would provide a ring of light in a smokey environment providing much better direction and visibility in an emergency situation.  The story is here on DVICE (

Lastly we have a solar plus LED parking lot light solution from Visiable Light Solar.  The story on Treehugger ( makes a great point that these very functional applications of exterior lighting makes great sense from a return on investment perspective.

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