The Kitahaus By Robert Gaukroger

Eco-friendly architectures are now sprouting like mushroom with the aim to protect and save the environment. Green people from KITA Design has just completed the Kita Haus that is made from English chestnut and recycled plastic milk. This eco-friendly structure has two pods wherein one of the pods will work as a classroom and the other pod as the environmental learning classroom. Built raised off the ground made the Kitahause highly insulated as it reduces heat loss in winter time and aids cooling during summer.

Kitahaus’ Eco-friendly feature:

The site’s natural landscaping helps to protect the pods against dominant prevailing winds and the use of structural stilts ensure a low impact of tree roots and the site

Passive ventilation will be utilised to cool the rooms by the basic principle of cross ventilation.

Each pod end has high, openable windows, which assist in ventilating unwanted heat in the space and introducing fresh air to cool the space, the flow of which can be controlled automatically or manually

Automated solar reflective blinds on the glazed area can control solar gain, while the principle of a solar heated, lightweight heat-retaining mass is being investigated

Timber is a renewable material doesn’t require large amounts of carbon to fabricate, unlike concrete. Its growth also helps absorb carbon gasses. The timber frame construction allows higher levels of insulation to be installed

The structure uses sheep’s wool insulation, which doesn’t have the high levels of embodied energy (energy required to manufacture and therefore the quantity of carbon created during production) associated with chemical insulations

Vacuum tube solar water heaters will meet all of the classrooms’ hot water needs, reducing the need for a fossil fuel heating. Vacuum tube solar water heaters have a higher efficiency than flat plate solar panels and can be rotated to optimize the sun’s rays

The installation will use a grey water collection tank. Water collected from sinks in the art room will be used to water the gardens
Flat plate solar panels will be utilised to run low energy lighting

Only biodegradable soaps and detergents will be used in the school to reduce heavy metal building up in the soil or water table

The Pods are positioned on timber stilts to ensure minimal impact to the natural landscape. When the building comes to the end of its lifespan, it can be removed with little impact to the natural landscape and the building can be recycled and reused for new construction










Via: Atelier29

Use Yellow Pages for Your Business Card Holder

Yellow pages are normally thrown away after it expired and thinks this has no use at all. Well, you people might be surprise knowing that the yellow pages you are throwing and ignoring has a very important roe in your life. The yellow pages can be your card and or photo holder. How? It’s simple. All you have to do is to trim a little the yellow pages of about 394 pages to the right diameter, rolled it up and insert it into a metal tube. This cute product can be used either vertically or horizontally, and both are attractive, unique, and of course useful.

business card holder from yellow pages

Source : Afroditi Krassa via Core77

Scotts 2000-20-20-Inch Classic Push Reel Lawn Mower Review

When my old gas powered mower died, I started to look for a new one. I am glad that I found the Scotts Push Reel Lawn Mower. Aside from being lightweight, it instantly saves me from the high rocketing gas prices. One more thing I like about this mower is that, it is very easy to use maybe because it is a bit lighter as compared to my previous gas mower. It also operates quietly which is good enough for those who have neighbors living closer. It works perfectly on my small lawn and it is environment friendly as well. [Click here for more details about Scotts Classic Reel Lawn Mower]

scotts 2000-20 20-inch classic reel lawn mower

scotts 2000-20 20-inch classic reel lawn mower

With the positive experience I had with this wonderful machine, I also had some negative moments with it and these includes the missing soft cushion on the handle as it hurts badly when mowing quite longer, but I have bought some from a home depot nearby and it solves the problem. While it works out fine with flat lawn, with its narrow 20” width, it will require you a few more passes to complete. In addition, it also requires you to do the mowing one more time if you have grass taller than 6-8 inches.

scotts 2000-20 20-inch classic reel lawn mower

Overall, I had a nice working experience with this reel lawn mower, and as long as it is working, I do not have plans of shifting to another mower.[Click here for more details about Scotts Classic Reel Lawn Mower]

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