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The cube projectThe Cube Project – University of Hertfordshire

The cube projectThe Cube Project – University of Hertfordshire
Welcome to the Cube Project website. On this site, you can find out about our low-energy microhomes, designed by Dr Mike Page at the University of Hertfordshire and built under licence by our partner Bolton Buildings. You can find out below about QB2, our production model, as seen on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces on UK’s Channel 4 TV. By choosing from the menu bar above, you can also find out about QB-Move, a second design, with moving walls, that featured on Channel 4′s Gadget Man. If you wish to enquire about purchasing any of our buildings, they will be available from our partners Bolton Buildings as a kit of parts for self-assembly, or as a complete building at various stages. Please contact Trevor at Bolton Buildings

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Community Energy Initiatives Information has been collected as consistently as possible for projects funded or supported by the following community-orientated Government Programmes and other community energy programmes or networks: Government community energy programmes: Clear Skies Community Renewables Initiative (CRI)* Scottish Community and Householder Renewables Initiative (SCHRI) PV Grant Programme Community Energy EST Innovation Programme Tiny House Builders and Companies There is a growing number of tiny house builders to choose from and several ways to go about building your own. So which way is best? That’s the question you’ll have to answer for yourself. And there’s a lot to think about... I can help by showing you what I do know about each company and what they offer. Then it’s up to you to decide what options are best suited for your own needs.

Services QB2 is an initiative of Dr Mike Page at the University Of Hertfordshire who set out to build a home with an internal size no bigger than 4x3x3 metres, in which two people could live a comfortable, modern existence with a minimum impact on the environment. Constructed from a variety of sustainable materials, The Cube provides everything that two people may need. Within it includes a lounge, with a table and two customer made chairs, a double bed, a full sized shower, a kitchen (with energy efficient fridge, induction hob, re-circulating cooker hood, sink with drainer, combination microwave oven and storage cupboards), a washing machine, and a composting toilet. Solar Array Details (May 2016) I've gotten a lot of questions on our solar array. Here are some details including costs as of early 2016. There are (6) 260 watt German made panels from Hanwa. They are each tied to a microinverter made by Enphase, model M250.

What is sustainable development · Sustainable Development Commission "Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." The concept of sustainable development can be interpreted in many different ways, but at its core is an approach to development that looks to balance different, and often competing, needs against an awareness of the environmental, social and economic limitations we face as a society. All too often, development is driven by one particular need, without fully considering the wider or future impacts. We are already seeing the damage this kind of approach can cause, from large-scale financial crises caused by irresponsible banking, to changes in global climate resulting from our dependence on fossil fuel-based energy sources.

Talking to Jay Shafer About Making the Universal House Few names are as closely associated with small living as Jay Shafer, the man who practically invented what is now known as the tiny house. Tiny houses have become a minimalist design and lifestyle ideal. Their tiny size permits no extraneous stuff. They occupy a fraction of the spatial and carbon footprint of a normal home.

Air source heat pumps explained - Creating an energy saving home - Which? Energy Our expert guide to air source heat pumps shows you how air source heat pumps work, how much they cost, and how much they could save you on your energy bills. Read on to find out more about air source heat pumps, including their pros and cons. How an air source heat pump works An air source heat pump (ASHP) is usually placed outdoors at the side or back of a property. It takes heat from the air and boosts it to a higher temperature using a heat pump. The pump needs electricity to run, but it should use less electrical energy than the heat it produces.

September 1, 2014 Issue - Vol. 92 Issue 35 [+]Enlarge CLEVER’S prototype modular design would enable failed components to be replaced, extending the useful life of the phone. Credit: Loughborough University More than 1.8 billion new cell phones will be bought in 2014, but within just a few years, 44% of them will end up “hibernating” in drawers. About the same share will be resold and passed on, and 4% will end up in landfills. 9 great ways to use a tiny house (other than as a home) Whether you call them tiny houses, micro-homes, or mini houses, ultra-small buildings are rapidly gaining popularity for those who want to downsize and minimalize their personal environmental footprint. It's refreshing to see so many people choosing a different path for their day-to-day living experience than the conventional oversized dwellings that make up the bulk of the houses on the market. Living in a tiny house can reap dividends beyond just being able to get to mortgage-free sooner and cutting utility bills down to size, as learning to live more simply and minimally can offer a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment that isn't easily found in any other living environment. But for those who think, "I could never live in a house that small," tiny houses also easily lend themselves to a range of other uses, none of which require living in them full-time. 1. 2.

Vitamins, Design and Invention Studio, London Please visit for the most up to date information, press images and contact links.The lego calendar is a wall mounted time planner that we invented for our studio. It’s made entirely of lego, but if you take a photo of it with a smartphone all of the events and timings will be magically synchronised to an online, digital calendar. It makes the most of the tangibility of physical objects, and the ubiquity of digital platforms, and it’s also puts a smile on our faces when we use it!Scroll on for more details. One thing we always talk about in the studio is how to organise ourselves – it’s something we always think we can improve.

Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) explained - Creating an energy saving home - Which? Energy Which? uses cookies to make our websites and services work better for you, and by continuing you accept this. Find out more about cookies. Which? The Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database This database was prepared by from published public accounts and individual project stakeholders, and is offered "as is" for informational purposes only - it is not complete and is an ongoing open source, community based transparent, living research document. Errors in a database of this magnitude are very likely, so please let us know of any discrepancies you may find at: Neither nor any agency thereof, nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe upon privately owned rights. Please read the "Disclaimers" section for more details regarding disclaimers of endorsement and liability.

Small House Plans The tiny house plans you’ll find here are drawn with do-it-yourselfers in mind. We keep the prices low to help people get a leg-up on their own tiny house dreams. Inside each of the plans you’ll see how tiny houses are framed with step-by-step illustrations. If you like what you see below consider getting our 6-PACK OF PLANS (PDF Download) for $39.95. Little River Lodge (8′x24′) The Little River Lodge is a 24-foot tiny house design with a tiny bedroom on the lower level and a loft above.

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