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The Many Ways To Recycle…

Recycling is something we are all doing, right?  Well here are some interesting insights on this first and most important green activity.

Did you know that the waste from construction is in the top ten of those things going into landfills?  Most of this is the waste from demolition of the old building or parts that aren’t being reused.  Here are some ideas on the items that can be recycled right on the job site! From the the site Greatpossibilities.com (http://www.greatpossibilities.com/blog/7-materials-that-can-be-recycled-at-your-construction-site-74.html) 7 Materials that can be recycled from your construction site.

Next we have an artist who is using recycled fallen leaves to make furniture.   Pretty chair don’t you think?

From Dezeen.com (https://www.dezeen.com/2017/02/26/simon-kern-design-chair-recycled-fallen-leaves-bioplastic-chair-furniture/)

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Lastly, they are turning banana trees into vegan leather wallets.   From Inhabitat.com (http://inhabitat.com/see-how-banana-trees-are-recycled-into-vegan-leather-wallets-in-micronesia/) green-banana-paper-wallets-2This last is currently a Kickstarter but I think it is a great idea and the wallets look pretty cool.

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February 26, 2017 at 7:14 pm Leave a comment

Storing water in your fence?

I just read about an interesting new product just about to be released this month (Feb. 2015).  It is a rainwater storage system that takes the place of your fence.  Assembled like a typical fence with concrete footing and steel posts you would then use these high density plastic inserts that store the rain water. house2

Interested?   Learn more at the site: http://www.waterfence.com/

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February 4, 2015 at 9:07 pm Leave a comment

Manage and Measure for Less Waste

It seems that what is old is new again.  One of the current trends in management in general is to try and measure more parts of our businesses and life to allow us to manage to a less wasteful existence.

It seems that these folks need to look back at their old college text books as this concept has been around a long time.  Economic Order Quantity and the various inventory models (LIFO and FIFO) anyone?

I suppose that the world may need a refresher course in these ideas, but just because we now have access to BIG DATA doesn’t necessarily make this simpler or easier.  In many ways it may make it harder by requiring new processes to collect and manage the inventory data that don’t actually generate a return on the investment.

I have seen this especially in relation to janitorial supplies which always seem to be a hot button for the accounting department as an example.  Here is a good article that has some positive examples:

GreenBang.com (http://www.greenbang.com/real-time-information-can-shrink-your-waste_25032.html?utm_source=feedly)

So take a look at these and plan your new -old process management accordingly!

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September 19, 2013 at 9:50 pm Leave a comment

Building Technology Update for Sept. 16, 2010

Hello All!  It has been some time since I posted and I thought that you should all get a great big thank you for continuing to visit while real life kept me away from my blog.

Tonight I have four interesting technology updates for you.  The first and unfortunately farthest away is a supposedly radical  re-envisioning of building air conditioning that could save anywhere from 50-90% of current power consumption!  The full Story is here: http://www.miller-mccune.com/environment/air-conditioning-using-90-percent-less-power-20071/.  The article mentions 3 plus years before it could possibly become commercially available and I hope that they are being conservative as HVAC consumes far too much energy and this, if widely deployed would make a big dent in our fossil fuel use even at 50% savings.

Next, can you soda bottle become a wall? According to this article on Greenopolis.com (http://greenopolis.com/goblog/green-groove/super-strength-polli-bricks-bricks-made-recycled-plastic-bottles) not only is the answer yes, but it is supposedly super strong.

Excerpt:

“They’re transparent and translucent. They interlock together to form a honeycomb structure that’s extremely durable. They can be used to build anything from buildings and fences to roofs and walls of light. So what are “they” referring to? They’re called POLLI-Bricks, and they’re a genius example of recycled bottle architecture.”

Third up tonight is pollution eating concrete!  I can just imagine a super hero monster coming to solve all of the world’s pollution problems.  Okay not so much, but what we do have is a product that manages to sequester common car exhaust pollutants through absorption.  The article is here on Good.is (http://www.good.is/post/pollution-eating-concrete-to-save-your-lungs/).

Excerpt:

“Researchers in the Netherlands have recently tested a special type of concrete that has the potential to absorb nitrogen oxides, which are a much more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. If implemented, this concrete could cut down on the the smog and acid rain caused by car exhaust.”

Lastly is an article I just couldn’t resist because I really am a true geek!  On How Stuff Works is a story about Transparent Aluminum Armor! (http://science.howstuffworks.com/transparent-aluminum-armor.htm)  I like to think it might be the latest thing in bullet proof glass for those of you that might need that sort of thing for your facilities…

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September 16, 2010 at 9:26 pm Leave a comment

Rainwater harvesting coming to city near you?

I have been an advocate of rainwater harvesting and redirecting for a long time.  It looks like the City of Los Angeles is going to make it law finally!  In an article on Treehugger (http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/02/los-angeles-may-get-mandatory-rainwater-harvesting-law.php?campaign=th_rss_science)

it looks like it may become law sometime in 2011. It looks to be a pretty well designed law, but of course the devil is always in the details

I believe that adoption of this is going to take some pretty extensive marketing on the City’s part.  Developer’s are going to be making the calculation on which is cheaper, the on-site improvements or the fine. We need to get to the point where the only thought is how to make this happen.  This will only come about if solutions that are acceptable to the City planners are put forward to the developer rather than waiting for the developers to propose them.  It is this back and forth game that is what puts the uncertainty in this process  and the frustration on the developer’s part.  The solutions proposed by the City have to be pleasing to the eye as well as practical to implement.

This is very important and I hope they put together a great program, the health of the area’s water supply may depend on it.

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February 21, 2010 at 9:41 pm 2 comments

Growing your own air, worth the effort or not?

I have been looking at and studying the various articles that purport to let you improve your own personal indoor environment with the addition of more and in sometimes specific plants to your home or office.

I am of two minds on the subject in that logically since photosynthesis generates breathable oxygen and uses up carbon dioxide, at least according to the science classes I had in high school and college. there should be some truth to this assertion. However the real question comes from the other effects that result from going down this path.

The article found on the Healthy Child Blog (http://healthychild.org/blog/comments/growing_fresh_air_with_8_powerful_plants/) is typical of one type that pushes this agenda with specific plants with incomplete science to back up their assertions.  The main problem with this article is that they don’t mention the shear number of plants it will take to actually make a measurable difference in your space.  Also look down in the comments section on this article and you find that there are often other concerns, especially with the toxicity of the plants being suggested.  I know from experience that trying to specify a set of plants for my backyard that weren’t toxic to either my children or pets was a substantial task and set my remodel back weeks.

Now I have an example of the better type of article on this subject from TED.com (http://www.ted.com/talks/kamal_meattle_on_how_to_grow_your_own_fresh_air.html).  If you have not experienced the TED talks I also encourage you to spend some time on the site and simply wander, the breadth of the topics covered is amazing.  However in this talk the presenter gets into some specifics with his example in a commercial space.  Depending on the section of his talk you either need 11 or 4 plants per person, they need to be tended daily including cleaning leaves along with the other issues of having live plants in an interior space.

In a commercial space you shouldn’t have the toxicity concerns and if his numbers prove out the 20% increase in productivity should easily cover any costs of maintenance.  In my 20 plus years of caring for buildings there are always issues with live plants regarding insects and seepage on the carpet and the like. These can all be addressed up front with some simple rules like no dumping your old coffee in the plants and maintaining pans under all of the locations.

I know that NASA and other government space agencies have been studying this topic for years and so the data coming from these sources should be sound.  Therefore I think that a little shopping for plants at least in my home office may be in order.  I will keep you updated on my observations!

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January 16, 2010 at 10:58 am Leave a comment

Ghost Towns and Abandoned Places around the World

Looking over my post statistics for this blog I am surprised to find that one of my most popular posts has to do with “Ghost Towns – Past, Present or Future?“.  So I spent a little time this morning looking into other sites that delve into this obviously popular subject.

I am surprised at the shear number of sites to be found by simply typing in “abandoned places” into Google.com.  Here are a few of the ones I like best.  First is the Abandoned Places Blog (http://community.livejournal.com/abandonedplaces) a fairly comprehensive resource on the subject. Of course the main draw of these sites are the photos to be found there.

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Next we have Abandoned-Places.com (http://www.abandoned-places.com/). The interface is a little confusing and hard to use, buy the pictures and attached stories are worth the effort.

From the DIRJournal (http://www.dirjournal.com/info/abandoned-places-in-the-world/) there is a wonderful article about abandoned places in the world.  It has some of the better pictures from a number of sites and is a good starting summary of the topic.

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I also found a pretty good post in the Atom Community (http://community.atom.com/Post/The-Six-Creepiest-Abandoned-Places/03EFBFFFF0182C7B8000800BC1459) in an attempt to define the 6 creepiest places in the world.  This is a pretty daunting challenge for anyone, but you will just have to make your own judgment on whether you agree with the list.

Excerpt : “This is Gunkanjima, Japan, also known as “Battleship Island.” It once had the densest population in the entire world: 1.4 people per square meter. Do you realize how insane that is? Let me put it this way: If you were a fat guy on Battleship Island, there would technically be another person partially inside of you, like the aftermath of some horrifying teleporter accident.

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Lastly today I would like to point you to the WebUrbanist site that does a fabulous job in showcasing all sort of interesting architecture.  I have two links to give you here:

1. 100 + Abandoned cities, towns, building and property (http://weburbanist.com/abandoned-buildings-towns-and-cities/).

2. Abandonment in action (http://weburbanist.com/2009/08/13/8_cities_abandonment_deserted_modern/) which showcases several still inhabited places that look to become a future abandoned places feature.

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