Energy-generating rubber

  Japanese technology company Ricoh in collaboration with the Tokyo University of Science have developed a breakthrough material in the field of piezoelectrics. Piezoelectric materials generate electricity from mechanical strain such as vibrations.  Good examples in the built environment come from companies such as The Facility and Pavegen who have developed solutions that generate electricity … Continue reading “Energy-generating rubber”

Innovation matchmaking for commercial retrofit

  The UK Green Building Council is looking for suppliers of innovative technologies for the commercial retrofit sector.  In the first in a series of matchmaking events, innovators will have the opportunity to pitch their technologies to clients and specifiers who are looking for innovative solutions. Six shortlisted finalists will have the opportunity to present … Continue reading “Innovation matchmaking for commercial retrofit”

Zero Energy Furniture

French designers are using phase change materials to create energy saving furniture. We’ve been looking at integrating phase change materials into buildings for some time, however theZeroEnergyFurniture   programme has been looking at how to deliver energy savings at furniture scale rather than at building scale. The Climatic Table is the first solution to be demonstrated.  … Continue reading “Zero Energy Furniture”

Science and technology roundup from around the web

Dutch SolaRoad performs better than anticipated 6 months into its pilot phase the SolaRoad, consisting of 70 metres of photovoltaic cycle path has generated over 3,000 kWh. New understanding of granular dynamics helps build stronger foundations Chinese and German researchers apply hydrodynamics to granular materials such as sand, grains, rock, salt and sugar to increase … Continue reading “Science and technology roundup from around the web”

Tune your windows to suit your mood

Switchable smart glass has been around for a while, however the University of Cincinnati, in partnership with Hewlett Packard and Merck Research Labs have developed tuneable window technology. The patent-pending technology enables occupants to change the brightness, colour and opacity of the windows.  The researchers claim this is a low cost solution that can eventually … Continue reading “Tune your windows to suit your mood”

Home Quality Mark Training

Home Quality Mark Training The Home Quality Mark (HQM) is the new national quality mark designed to give people the confidence that the new homes they are choosing to buy or rent are well designed, well built, and cost effective to run. To carry out Home Quality Mark Assessments, when the scheme becomes live, you … Continue reading “Home Quality Mark Training”