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Bamboo construction by kongchan4
October 27, 2008, 4:25 pm
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Here are some examples of bamboo construction and connections.  Very interesting stuff! Check out this website for more pictures link

Lot-Ek on Shipping Containers by kongchan4

SuperTherm Ceramic Insulation by kongchan4
September 30, 2008, 2:18 am
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Here is the SuperTherm ceramic insulation I was talking about.  It is applied the same way as paint is applied to walls.  It can be sprayed on or applied using a roller.  It is approximately $100/gallon, and one gallon is typically applied to 100 sq. ft. (

Dual-Flush Toilets by cslota
September 18, 2008, 12:09 am
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In an attempt to conserve and salvage the most water possible, here is another solution. This toilet from Caroma USA is a high-efficiency dual-flush toilet. It has two buttons, one that flushes 1.6 gpf, the other 0.8 gpf. According to, the toilet costs about $500.

Passive Solar Architecture – Heating by cassie1033
September 8, 2008, 10:32 am
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Home Automation Systems by cassie1033
September 3, 2008, 11:03 pm
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X10  offers about the cheapest system…. This is a complete PC Home Automation system for about $49.99.

On the high-end scale there is Crestron and Life Ware ….Life ware is the system used in the Smart Home at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Designing a Smart Home? by mgajdorus86
September 3, 2008, 7:12 pm
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Home Toys, is a home technologies source that has a catalog of different products for many different areas of the home.

The catalog of home technology includes:



-media centers

-hvac & energy management


and many more products. is a source for finding designers and installers of home technology equipment.