GarageTek looks like a great way to clean up a garage. The strong, light-weight TekPanel on the walls can hold shelves, cabinets, and many other things. I wouldn't mind using TekPanel in a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, living room, or any other place I might want to hang things on a wall. I'd love to cover every room in the house with it. Imagine hanging up pictures and changing your mind on the placement without damaging the walls. Imagine hanging up kitchen utensils, shelves, and cabinets anywhere you want. Imagine all of the space you could save, how much easier it would be to get organized, and how much easier it would be to change the configuration of shelves and cupboards on a whim. I hope this company moves TekPanel into the whole house.
Saint-Gobain has developed self-cleaning building materials that will keep roofs, windows and external glazed walls effortlessly clean.
These materials are covered with an invisible coating of catalyzer which destroys the organic dirt, moss, fungi, and pollution as it is deposited. When exposed to daylight, this coating generates free radicals at the surface of the materials.
These radicals destroy the soots and microorganisms that come into contact with them. This chemical phenomenon, called photocatalysis, is similar to photosynthesis. It ensures these 'intelligent' construction materials stay durably clean, and even purifies the air that comes into contact with them.
Contour Crafting is a layered fabrication technology developed by Dr. Behrokh Khoshnevis of the University of Southern California. Contour Crafting technology has great potential for automating the construction of whole structures as well as sub-components. Using this process, a single house or a colony of houses, each with possibly a different design, may be automatically constructed in a single run, embedded in each house all the conduits for electrical, plumbing and air-conditioning.
This looks like one of the best ways to build a house or any building that anyone has ever thought of.
Formworks Building, Inc. has been specializing in the design and construction of earth sheltered, energy efficient, and off grid structures since 1979. They have developed a one of a kind, versatile building system that enables DIY homeowners and/or contractors to build with confidence.
Formworks structures are built from our patented building system components and have been erected throughout the U.S. and Canada. The structural forming system does not require any previous expertise to erect. This system was designed to be built by anyone, anywhere in the world.
Concerned about rising energy costs? Global warming? Forest conservation? Air pollutants and allergens? Green space? The overuse of fossil fuels? Safety from natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes or power outages? Formworks' beautiful custom homes address all of these issues. An immense amount of research and construction has already been conducted to create this modern green roof architecture that is popping up all over the northern hemisphere. Formworks' designs are the most tested, tried and successfully proven system for earth sheltered, green roof technology. A Formworks home is unmatched in energy efficiency, comfort and security. As traditional homeowners are facing escalating ownership and operational costs, Formworks home owners are enjoying stability and peace of mind.
For around the same cost as a comparable wood frame home, you can protect you and your family, both physically and financially, with a home that will last for more than a hundred years, so why would you build anything else?
Conceived and designed in the late 1920's, but not actually built until 1945, the Dymaxion House was Buckminster Fuller's solution to the need for a mass-produced, affordable, easily transportable and environmentally efficient house. This was a futuristic, earthquake-proof, storm-proof, fireproof, flood resistant house that most people could have had in the 1940s!
I've been searching the Internet (off and on) for many years and there finally seems to be some people who are working on the ultimate house that is resistant to insects, fire, bullets, bombs, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, and maybe even zombies.
You may have heard that Troy Hurtubise has invented 'Fire Paste' and a hardening compound called '1313.' He uses those creations with other materials to create lightweight blast cushions that can withstand armor piercing bullets and explosives. He hopes the military will use these blast cushions to protect the troops, but if the material could also be used in the walls of buildings, a chance to have a fire-proof, bullet-proof, bomb-proof home may not be too far away. It would be cool if he got together with the ThermaSAVE people, then we might have the ultimate house that is also affordable.
Not found yet. It's the 21st century, where are our Star Trek style doors? Places such as grocery stores have a version of it, so why can't we have the option to have them in our houses? Just to be clear, I don't want the same automatic glass doors that stores use, I'm looking for sturdy doors made of wood, metal, or some other superior material.
Don't worry, entrance doors and interior doors could be made to work even if we lose power. The doors would have recessed handles which would be used to easily slide the doors open or closed. The locks would not be electric, so that wouldn't be a concern either.
"Autoslide is an automatic door system which attaches to new and old manual patio/flyscreen and security screen sliding doors, to enable the door to open and close automatically."
"An Assessment of Improvements in Home Living" by Stephen L. Garvin
"No longer must you wait patiently for the door to slowly judder open; no more must you be frustrated by doors accidentally opening as you walk by them."
Not found yet. I'm waiting for walls that can change colors or display moving scenes like giant big screen TVs. I can't wait until every wall and maybe even the ceiling will act similar to HD TVs or at least be able to change colors manually and can be programmed on a timer of some kind.
The Good and the Bad
Negative ions are good for us. You might want to avoid positive ion generators and ozone generators. Whenever I need a new air cleaner (with negative ion generator), I buy it from surroundair.com. A plain old air cleaner is better than nothing, but one that produces negative ions makes the air in a room fresher and easier to breathe. It also helps to brighten my mood.
Never litter. If you can't find a trash can, take it home and throw it away there.
Hydrofracking is bad for you, your family, your friends, and the environment.
Unfermented soy is bad! “When she stopped eating soy, the mental problems went away.”
Houses and Buildings
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