Engineering

If it gets built, there's an engineer involved somewhere. Check out some ideas on engineering the things we use everyday to be cleaner and more efficient.

Americans use more than 400 billion gallons of water in a single day, that’s more than our total oil consumption in a year. We need to introduce new ideas and technological innovations to teach the next generation how to curb and better manage our... Read More
George Washington University
THIS WEEK: How to turn a Solar Decathlon house into a home. GW students Melissa Turley and Jon Fenech followed Team Empowerhouse through the Solar Decathlon. Their innovation? Making it affordable enough to be a Habitat for Humanity home. WATCH... Read More
The George Washington University
Team New Jersey, a collaboration of Rutgers University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, built the ENJOY house. This house is the first entry to the competition built from concrete. Want to keep track of Team ThinkFWD? Team ThinkFWD is a... Read More
Purdue's Solar Decathlon house featured a innovative biowall--but how practical is this kind of feature? Anthony Cefali takes a look at the future of biological interiors.
Planet Forward
THIS WEEK: In this week's webisode, Planet Forward's Frank Sesno interviews Secretary of Energy, Dr. Steven Chu at the 2011 Solar Decathlon! Chu talks about the coolest innovations, and even wonks out a bit on r-values and building materials. WATCH!
National Science Foundation
Studies done by Mark Lusk and colleagues at the Colorado School of Mines could significantly improve the efficiency of solar cells. Their latest work describes how the size of light-absorbing particles--quantum dots--affects the particles' ability... Read More
Who ever thought that hemp, of all things, could be used to build a house? These builders in North Carolina say that hemp can be used to build strong and well-insulated structures that use very little energy!
E-cube meets the needs of today with room to spare. The only solar decathlete with a two story design, E-cube literally stands out above the rest.
FIU's PerFORM[D]ance House combines the three ideas behind sustainability: economy, ecology and society. Relying on landscape elements, PerFORM[D]ance expands the built environment. The house reaches to the outside world, blending both efficiently... Read More
How, exactly, does the dancer react to the dance? In the case of PerFORM[D]ance House, the house dances at the whim of its inhabitants.

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