Using Osmosis to Generate Clean Energy

Via EcoGeek.org by Philip Proefrock on 30-11-2009 Solar. Wind power. Wave power. Geothermal. Tidal power. If you’re a regular EcoGeek reader, you’re probably pretty familiar with the different major power generating alternatives to the burning of non-renewable fossil materials. But still, osmotic power generation is likely something you haven’t heard of before. Your first question…

Residential Rating Tool

Work is now underway to develop a single rating tool to assess the comfort and performance of New Zealand’s new and existing homes. A partnership has been formed between the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC), BRANZ, and Beacon Pathway to develop a system that will assess the performance of our homes, provide information for…

New World scraps plastic bag levy

By LAURA BASHAM – The Nelson Mail, via stuff.co.nz, last updated 13:00 21/10/2009 New World supermarkets in the South Island have dropped their 5-cent plastic bag charge because of customer complaints. The backtrack follows New World’s lower North Island supermarkets scrapping the charge just a month after it was introduced in August to encourage shoppers…

A Comparative Life Cycle Assessment of Building Insulation Products made of Stone Wool, Paper Wool and Flax

Insulation of buildings is an important technology for saving heating energy and for a sustainable development. The results of a comparative LCA study of three insulation products applied for roof insulation are summarised in two parts. The products selected are based on HT stone wool representing traditional products – flax representing crop grown products and…