News tagged with roof

Experiments boost solar power

With global warming an ever-present worry, renewable energy – particularly solar power—is a burgeoning field. Now, two doctoral students in the School of Architecture & Design (Arc/D) have demonstrated methods of optimizing ...

dateJan 04, 2018 in Energy & Green Tech
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Cool roofs have water saving benefits too

The energy and climate benefits of cool roofs have been well established: By reflecting rather than absorbing the sun's energy, light-colored roofs keep buildings, cities, and even the entire planet cooler. Now a new study ...

dateOct 20, 2017 in Environment
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Construction prototype for ultra-thin concrete roof

Researchers from ETH Zurich have built a prototype of an ultra-thin, curved concrete roof using innovative digital design and fabrication methods. The tested novel formwork system will be used in an actual construction project ...

dateOct 12, 2017 in Engineering
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Zinc link in safer roof catchment rain

A new study of Wellington roof catchment rainwater has found that zinc in galvanised steel roofs can kill some bugs. But households concerned about the safety of emergency roof catchment rainwater in the event of an earthquake ...

dateJul 26, 2017 in Environment
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Why apartment dwellers need indoor plants

The number of Australians living in high-rise apartments doubled between 1991 and 2011 and that trend has continued since then. The quarter-acre dream is fast disappearing and larger blocks and family gardens along with it. ...

dateJul 24, 2017 in Environment
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