A few nice Water Quality Technology images I found:
Napevomo House – Arts et Métiers Paris Tech
Image by Inhabitat
An evolutionary and ecological house for a comfortable lifestyle, from its architectural design to its materials and all with a home automation system.
In the Cheyenne language Napévomó means: Do you feel well? The team chose this name as a tribute to the Native Americans, in honor of their deep respect for nature. Napevomo reflects the desire to design a self-sufficient house, while at the same time maintaining a high level of comfort thanks to its innovative technologies.
An enclosure with a high level of efficiency is the best way to achieve energy efficient housing. Good insulation and low-energy windows allow the interior climate to self-regulate. Our simulations balance the R-values, and the areas of the outer walls, ceiling, floor and windows.
The construction of prefabricated housing is on the rise. The reincarnation of ecological or green prefabrication allows for the construction of high quality houses that conserve energy, thanks to their use of intelligent and environmentally friendly materials (wood for the structure, natural insulation, etc.). We can argue that for industrialized structures to be easily assembled, they must be capable of a evolving and adapting to the needs of their inhabitants, which can be of all walks of life, class or condition. This ambitious idea is the objective of the Napevomo project.
Energy control system.
A cylindrical-parabolic concentrator directs the solar flux so that it is absorbed by high-efficiency solar cells (20% efficiency rate). Water is used for cooling the cells on time, using warm household water. In this way, the system allows the use of fewer solar cells, which is rather beneficial, as its production assumes a high-energy cost and the use of natural resources, such as silicon. The electric, heating and cooling needs are integrated into a single system.
IKAROS – University of Applied Sciences Rosenheim
Image by Inhabitat
A flat design and straight lines give the house a very modern look, which is also highlighted by the ample use of glass elements. The house is attractive both inside and out, during the day and at night, thanks to its controlled shading system which takes into account the angle at which sunlight strikes the house. The design is flexible so that the home can become illuminated, and can convert into an open and welcoming space when needed.
The building is organized into four modules, each of them responding to different needs. Modules 1 and 4 are identified as free, as they may have more than one use (as a work space, living room or bedroom). Module 2 contains the water facilities of the house (the bathroom and kitchen).
The building can adopt many positions, since the modular construction allows for expansion and extension.
The photovoltaic panels on the roof and the façade supply the houses energy needs. Temperature and humidity are controlled and monitored by an air and solar cooling system. Both systems are supported by the phase changing material that is built into the walls and the roof of the house. The heat rejected by the solar cooling system is used for heating domestic water.
The project uses the standard Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen e.V. (DGNB) certification system. The most important concepts include:
Ecological quality, Economic quality, CSociocultural and functional quality, Technical quality, Trial quality.
Wind Leaves by Ned Kahn
Image by affinity1
An artist and MacArthur Fellow from Northern California, Kahn replicates the forms and forces of nature. Happening across his work can be a stupefying experience since typically invisible or unobservable forces are felt as immediate, bodily experiences, as natural effects, which are only later discovered to have been artificially constructed. The planet’s complex, random and aleatory perturbations become manifested visually, tactilely and acoustically in his work. At times he re-creates environmental conditions in controlled settings, and at other times, he lets nature animate his works. Across the breadth of his work, the artist expertly choreographs natural phenomena. Kahn combines science, art and technology to integrate natural, human, and artificial systems, and his specific works emphasise natural elements, such as water, fire, wind and sand; how these behave independently, and how they interact.
Elemental Interactions: AIR! will be at 6:30pm on Thursday, June 12, 2008 and will explore the the nature and qualities of air.