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For the middle class villains in your life
home  house  building  security  defense  swimming  pool  moat 
may 2018 by asteroza
Vitrocsa Australia | Slimmest Sliding Glass Doors
Apparently have sliding windows that can go around corners...
sliding  window  house  home  building  construction  architecture  Delicious 
may 2016 by asteroza
Casas em Movimento
Using the whole house/roof as a sun tracker is kinda interesting, when the interior walls are exposed to exterior lighting in the daytime, but sealing up at night for better insulation?
heliograph  house  green  architecture  building  construction  roof  solar  PV  panel  sun  tracker  rotating  tilting  Delicious 
february 2016 by asteroza
Automist Smartscan fire sprinkler: water mist fire suppression
Hrm, I can buy the target application using less water to reduce water damage, but this is an active system rather than a traditional passiv eprinkler system. No power, no mist?
automatic  targeted  mist  water  spray  fire  supression  firefighting  equipment  home  house  building  architecture  safety  hardware  electronics  devices  Delicious 
january 2016 by asteroza
Bowley Lock Company Inc - Home
Interesting key/tumbler design with pin shield to make lock picking conceptually harder...
alternative  high  security  lock  shielded  pin  shield  tumbler  hardware  home  house  building  door  Delicious 
december 2015 by asteroza
Is your kitty a convict? - The Kitty Convict Project
A reasonable proposal to tag indoor cats since most people currently don't buy dayglo orange collars for indoor cats who could escape...
house  indoor  cat  orange  collar  marker  humor  Delicious 
december 2015 by asteroza
Indigo Pine
So, the design files for this house are downloadable, and can be sent to a woodworking shop with a CNC wood mill to cut all the parts.
wood  house  reference  design  DIY  architecture  construction  building  Delicious 
october 2015 by asteroza
So these guys want to sell a server that doubles as a home heater, and cluster the "heaters" as virtualization cloud platform. Possible CDN variant?
home  house  heating  heater  service  server  startup  cloud  clustering  Delicious 
april 2015 by asteroza
Smartlock with a sensor to detect knock code sequences, so you can unlock the door just by knocking in a certain sequence. Hope it's a one time code though!
home  house  door  lock  smartlock  sound  acceleration  sesnor  knock  knocking  unlock  hardware  electronics  devices  security  crowdfunding  Delicious 
february 2015 by asteroza
CoeLux - Experience the sky
apparently uses properties similar to true atmosphere to get the blue sky and more natural light spectrum.
artificial  skylight  interior  lighting  architecture  design  home  house  building  sunlight  light  Delicious 
february 2015 by asteroza
Stigmatized Property Map | Oshimaland
Locate property where crimes have happened, which generally means the price is lower due to superficial loss of value.
stigmatized  property  land  map  search  engine  house  apartment  japan  Delicious 
september 2014 by asteroza
Keen Home - Innovating for the connected home
Cloud controlled air vents, to reduce load on teh HVAC system. Mix it up with something like Nest, and you get some of the benefits of japanese style single room air conditioning, but the efficiency of having a larger central HVAC system that also gets reduced runtime.
cloud  remote  control  home  automation  HVAC  air  vent  close  actuator  house  Delicious 
september 2014 by asteroza
Turning billboards into homeless housing. For people who don't want a lot of windows (or prefer skylights), this actually isn't a terrible design on it's own. As a homeless rehousing concept, shifting them to the highway seems like trying to hide the problem more, along with poor access.
homeless  housing  billboard  apartment  house  treehouse  elevated  stilt  architecture  building  construction  Delicious 
june 2014 by asteroza
A ‘Magic Box’ For Your Passivhaus |
The Magic Box, AKA heavily integrated thermal compnents for homes such that heat/cold can be used/reused effectively, from HVAC to hot water heaters and boilers for in floor heating. Most of the focus here is heat recovery ventilators, which recover heat energy from hot exhaust air to preheat/heat the evaporator coil of a heat pump. Too bad hardly anyone is selling them.
Passivhaus  house  home  integrated  monolithic  hybrid  combined  energy  green  ventilator  recovery  chiller  adsoprtion  management  thermal  heater  water  pump  heat  HEMS  HVAC  HRV  box  magic  magicbox  Delicious 
august 2012 by asteroza
Facit Homes
Interesting house production/construction technique, essentially bringing a plywood cutter on site to cut custom components/framing on the fly from a 3D CAD model. Keeps waste pretty low, if the model and framing is well planned, what they call "Design for Assembly" process.
D-Process  digital  home  house  production  laser  cut  plywood  custom  components  framing  building  construction  architecture  manufactured  manufacturing  Delicious 
august 2012 by asteroza
'See-through' PV Cell Module Functions as Window Glass -- Tech-On!
Interesting, but the thickness of the pane due to the added prisms is problematic, from a manufacturing and cost perspective.
prismatic  prism  window  glass  pane  embedded  PV  solar  cell  power  generator  green  energy  home  house  building  architecture  Delicious 
january 2012 by asteroza朝日新聞社):JX to upgrade Ene-Farm household fuel cell system - English
Still only 70%, and no mention of an off-grid mode, so it probable still doesn't work under grid blackout conditions (natural gas circulator pump and maybe the stack heater are grid powered only rather than self powered via a small accumulator battery).
japan  ENE-FARM  Enefarm  fuelcell  home  house  residential  power  generator  green  energy  hot  water  heater  Delicious 
september 2011 by asteroza
A true bargain house - MIT News Office
The Pinwheel house prototype is apparently larger than the intended design, and changed the roof layout to use a translucent panel over the center courtyard to keep it weather protected and to convert the center into a general purpose room/space. Which makes the house design a little more interesting and functional in my opinion, but I can understand the original design intention of using a single standardized module, yielding 4 matched roofs and a center open hole.
MIT  1K  pinwheel  low  cost  house  home  building  construction  architecture  Delicious 
september 2011 by asteroza
MIT 1K House
Interesting low cost designs that actually seem pretty good.
MIT  1K  house  home  building  design  concept  architecture  construction  Delicious 
september 2011 by asteroza
Open source house design building blocks, with the intention of parts being CNC milled for DIY assembly. Current it seems to be about milling stuff from wood or plywood for flatpack transport for semi-custom shapes then putting various modules together, but the probable end goal is 3D contour crafting concrete structures though.
WikiHouse  opensource  house  building  design  architecture  construction  CAD  3D  CNC  CAD-CAM  DIY  self  assembly  wood  plywood  modular  flatpack  Delicious 
august 2011 by asteroza
RavenBrick, LLC
A window material technology that darkens when the window gets hot (so it reduces sunlight during the summer but stays transparent in the winter.) So the trick here is not a gradient tint effect, but a sudden window darkening when you hit a critical temperature. They are using this as building insulation as well, to help reject heat in the summer but draw it in when it's cooler outside.
thermochromic  organic  polymer  window  pane  house  home  building  construction  architecture  green  energy  materials  science  technology  RavenBrick  RavenSkin  RavenLight  PCM  Delicious 
november 2010 by asteroza
Geothermal Heat Pump Transfer Systems, Closed Loop Water Source Heat Pumps, Lake Loop Heat Pump Systems - Limnion By Heat-Line
A rather smartly designed compact heat exchanger for a lake loop cooler, bypassing the setup needs for a traditional lake loop cooling system and the vast mat of cooling pipes. I would worry about eventual biofouling, but perhaps the convection rate might be enough to deal with that.
Limnion  lake  loop  geothermal  heat  transfer  pump  home  house  building  cooling  HVAC  hardware  system  Delicious 
september 2010 by asteroza
Introducing the Honeywell Wind Turbine from WindTronics
Apparently, because it uses a tip ring rotor as the generator, it runs on even light puffs of wind.
gearless  permanent  magnet  hubless  wind  turbine  power  generator  green  energy  small  form  factor  hardware  electronics  devices  home  house  Honeywell  Delicious 
august 2010 by asteroza
Daiwa to Sell Residences With Li-ion Batteries in Japan -- Tech-On!
A step in the right direction, doing distributed grid energy storage. The corporate angle being the cost of storage is offloaded to the consumer directly rather than the power utility. But, they still want to open the damn windows, and japanese people will culturally oblige. How about a thermal energy store below the house instead.
japan  ecohome  smarthome  intelligent  home  house  HEMS  energy  management  system  solar  PV  storage  lithium  battery  Delicious 
july 2010 by asteroza
PASSIVE HOUSE JAPAN web site - 一般社団法人パッシブハウス・ジャパン
It would be nice to make this stick, but japanese have some truly strange behavior regarding building HVAC. In particular, there is the concept of "changing the air" where they will open the windows full bore, regardless of the outside weather. The other bad behavior is the near zero understanding of central HVAC, causing them to run heaters or air conditioners full bore whenever they enter a room to work/spend time in, then turn it off when they leave. Though this needs to be tempered by the fact that traditional japanese homes were poorly insulated, so there was no merit to running HVAC constantly since it was a losing battle.
japan  passive  house  green  building  standard  specification  energy  efficiency  Delicious 
june 2010 by asteroza
Uponor - Uponor Homepage
Aqua-PEX burst resistant flexible plastic tubing. Apparently a suitable alternative to copper pipe in concrete slabs for radiant heating in freezing conditions, as the flexibility can absorb the expansion of water freezing in the pipe should the radiant heat source fail. Well, probably.
Aqua-PEX  flexible  plastic  pipe  tube  plumbing  home  construction  Radiant  heating  cooling  hvac  flooring  architecture  house  design  burst  resistant  Delicious 
august 2009 by asteroza
Meat house › Zuza Fun
It's like a gingerbread house for men who don't necessarily want to identify with their feminine side I swear...
food  humor  meat  house  bacon  Delicious 
may 2009 by asteroza
EcoDrain | high performance shower heat exchange
Obvious only useful for shows and normal sinks. I can't imagine having one behind a kitchen sink or toilet, imagine having to clear that...
EcoDrain  waste  Water  heat  recovery  exchanger  green  energy  home  house  hardware  plumbing  heating  hot  Delicious 
april 2009 by asteroza
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