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Reward Wall Systems
September 17, 2008, 6:37 pm
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Reward Wall Systems are used in conjuntion with cast-in-place concrete.  Similar to building blocks, the polystyrene is tied together with plastic pieces and can be used above or below ground.  Its thermal properties are pretty significant (up to 32+) and it wont rot or mildew.  Different combinations and sizes of blocks allow your design to be pretty flexible.

Pumping Concrete

Water-saving, Low CO2 emitting showerhead
September 17, 2008, 5:34 pm
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There was a small article about this product on page 16 of Architectural Products magazine…its a nifty piece of tech following the water-based theme.  The Satinjet Tahi Shower System only consumes 2.3 gallons per minute (less than half of a regular shower) and saves 350 lbs of CO2 from being emitted into the atmosphere.  It also comes with a thermostat and shelving and is integrated into the wall.

Compact living
September 4, 2008, 11:12 pm
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If anyone is looking for innovative ways of living, especially if you are working with smaller Chicago lots, this site, WebUrbanist, is geared towards urban artists and architects.  This is a fun article about collapsible furniture if you are interested.  I personally like the couch that turns into a bunk bed.

This chair turns into a table...sweet deal

This chair turns into a table...sweet deal

Rainwater Harvesting Diagrams
September 3, 2008, 7:19 pm
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I thought these would be useful in explaining rainwater harvesting systems…they look a little bit different, but it gives an insight into how it operates.

Water may not be as pentiful as Illinoisans think
September 3, 2008, 7:18 pm
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This article was a story done by Illinois Issues based off a study done by University of Illinois at Springfield, dealing with water usage, wetlands, and how much water we divert from the Great Lakes.

Rainwater Harvesting
September 3, 2008, 7:16 pm
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This system is mainly based out of Texas, but if it can work in Texas, it should be feasible here.  As you navigate the website, you can find initial cost estimates, frequently asked questions, and a catalogue, as well as some success stories.  This website is very thorough….and Chicago gets 33 inches of rainfall annually, by the way.

NSF Certified Products
September 3, 2008, 7:15 pm
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If you are building your rainwater harvesting system from scratch and you want to be able to drink the water, NSF has drinking water system components that are certified for the public water supply…these are updated everyday.

Catchment systems…

Concrete Pontoons
September 3, 2008, 7:13 pm
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If you checked out Water House from the GRC, you could see that there are various ways to keep your water house afloat.  The seemingly cheapest way is to build your home on a concrete pontoon, instead of drilling foundations underwater.  Solent Marine is a manufacturer that does modular systems, but has also done specialist work for homes.  Apparently they have just developed a pontoon system that glows in the dark, so you never lose you footing.  Aquabase Construction, a UK-based design and manufacturing company, has done a lot of work for floating homes, using concrete pontoons and floating ferro-cement structures.  One of their larger structures is a five-bedroom home on the River Thames.