EarthHack - [sustainable homes]
Update 24 Sept 2013:
We have a winner! Simon Barker of Radfan
has taken home the glory with his simple yet clever device designed to circulate hot air around rooms more effectively.
The remaining prize winners are:
2nd place: Aerogel skylight with integrated LEDs for highly-insulated constant illumination
(Ralph Evins). Honourable mention also for his 2 other very impressive entries in the finalist line-up, "A data centre in every home" and "Evaporative cooling via fibre wicking"
3rd place: Mobile App/Game - Lets make saving energy fun and rewarding!
Top voted: Negative Ion emitting LED Bulb
You can read more about the winning ideas and the full judges' feedback on Marblar Muses
Update 30 Aug 2013:
That's it then! Idea submissions are now CLOSED, and the judges are deciding on who's going to be the overall winner. Stay tuned! We'll be announcing the winner in just a few weeks at Climate Week NYC.
Today, 16% of all waste generated in society, 31% of all energy consumed, and 10% of all fresh water used is consumed in and around our homes1.
This means around a third of carbon emissions come from buildings1
, about half of which is from energy or resources consumed in our homes. That’s a total of >5,000 million tonnes of CO2
every year, and a massive chunk of carbon to aim at. It comes from heating, lighting, cooking, air conditioning, appliances, wasted food – almost every use of energy in the home leads directly or indirectly to carbon emissions.
This is why the inaugural EarthHack starts at home. From your home, to homes all around the globe.
People are looking for affordable and simple solutions to help them live a more sustainable life at home. But unfortunately, many sustainable products and solutions are priced at a premium. Moreover, there are many existing technologies that have been developed for other purposes that can be re-imagined as sustainable solutions.
Combine, repurpose or modify existing technologies and products to create tomorrow’s practical and scalable low-carbon solutions for the home.
Your concepts will inspire and enable people to live a more sustainable life at home, save money and have a positive impact on the planet. As you and your fellow Marblars build and creatively iterate through great ideas, carbon-saving concepts will emerge that:
- Reduce energy consumption, manage energy more efficiently and/or generate energy
- Apply innovative solutions to lighting homes – through efficient use of available natural light, as well as new energy efficient electric lighting
- Sort and reduce household waste and turn waste into resources to minimize waste to landfill
- Save, reuse and recycle water and minimise household chemical use at home
The EarthHack [sustainable homes] and your participation will have a transformational impact on the way people and families choose to live their lives at home, enabling a more affordable and sustainable life for the many people. And by “home” we mean an apartment in either New York or New Delhi. A farmhouse in Calgary or Buenos Aires. A shared flat in Bogotá or Shanghai. The EarthHack [sustainable homes] is a global
As you construct your entry, don’t be afraid to inspire us with diagrams, photos, cost estimates and potential considerations around product design, material, transport and installation and usage at home. In addition, please articulate the potential environmental, societal and economic benefits of your proposed solution(s).
But you don’t need all the answers! That’s what the Marblar community is here for. If you see ideas from others that you find interesting, please join in the discussion to help shape the concept. The EarthHack only succeeds if we all come together.
Here are some things you might want to think about:
Design isn't just making something look good. Intelligent design – of space, light, interactions – can have a major, positive impact on how much energy or other resources people use in and around a home. Why not re-imagine technology to improve designs of buildings? Or improve design of buildings to take advantage of technology? Whether it's an apartment or a farmhouse; design matters.
Materials science has come a long way since modern mortar was invented more than 200 years ago, so now we make buildings from, erm… bricks and mortar. You can help us do better! There are bucket loads of advanced new structural, transparent, insulation and device materials that could be re-purposed to save carbon in homes.
Homes are systems. Really complicated ones. Full of subsystems. Heating systems interact with cooking systems which interact with ventilation systems – and all currently in uncontrolled ways. Smart systems, sensors and user interfaces could make a major difference and turn these system interactions to a chance to save carbon. How would you re-imagine existing technology to reduce carbon emissions from the systems in a home?
On August 1st
we'll be shortlisting the top concepts as decided by our judges and assisted by the community feedback. The Marblar community will then work towards plumping out the finalist concepts. For each finalist entry we shall be thinking more about the feasibility, impact and practical deployment of each solution. All Marblars are welcome to participate in all discussions. If you contribute meaningfully to the idea that wins you'll nab yourself $500. More about the selection process here
The Climate Group is an independent, not-for-profit organisation working to inspire and catalyse leadership for a ‘CleanRevolution’: a low carbon future that is smarter, better and more prosperous. For all. Founded in 2004, The Climate Group has operations in Australia, China (Beijing and Hong Kong), Europe, India and North America.
IKEA offers a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them. This is the idea at the heart of everything IKEA does, from product development and purchases to how we sell our products in IKEA stores globally.
Royal Philips of the Netherlands is a diversified Health and Well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through timely innovations. As a world leader in healthcare, lifestyle and lighting, Philips integrates technologies and design into people-centric solutions, based on fundamental customer insights and the brand promise of “sense and simplicity”.
Professor Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith FRS
is the former Director General of CERN, former Chairman of Oxford’s Physics Department and current Director of Energy Research at Oxford University. Previously, he was also Director of UKAEA Culham (2003-2008), with responsibility for the UK's fusion programme and for operation of the Joint European Torus (JET), and Provost and President of University College London (1999-2002).
Professor Sir Richard Friend FRS
holds the Cavendish Chair of Physics at the University of Cambridge. Both a scientist and an entrepreneur, he has been at the forefront of development in plastic electronics for use in semiconductor devices including solar cells, light-emitting diodes and field-effect transistors. He co-founded Cambridge Display Technology in 1994, Plastic Logic in 2000 and Eight19 in 2010 and is Programme Director of the Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability.
is Head of Global Public & Government Affairs for Philips Lighting. In this role he passionately drives the global market transition to sustainable lighting solutions, with emphasis on the 'LED Revolution'. His belief is that this is not 'just' a way to save money and reduce ecological footprints, but most of all is the smartest pathway to equitable development of a prosperous future for all.
works in IKEA’s Sustainability Innovation team & is focused on identifying, enabling & building new sustainability-related business opportunities for IKEA and its customers that contribute to delivering IKEA’s Sustainability Strategy for 2020 – People & Planet Positive. Matt holds a MSt in Sustainability Leadership from the University of Cambridge and is passionate about working with people and businesses accelerating the transition towards a more sustainable future.
Dr Nick Goddard
Low carbon technology finance and strategy expert. Cambridge physicist, Imperial College engineer, 10 years in the City raising funding for early stage companies – two of which ended up in the FTSE100. Now a serial entrepreneur and interim manager, his latest project being the game-changing wind energy capture company Spinetic Energy Ltd.
Dr Robert Trezona
Low carbon start-up investment expert. Has spent a decade working and investing in plucky start-ups that are trying to save the world, including Ceres Power and Azuri Technologies. Looking for something to invest in from the EarthHack.
Dr David Raval
Low carbon entrepreneurship expert. Former head of the Carbon Trust start-up incubator, which worked with scores of cleantech start-ups. Now CEO of LoftZone, delivering innovative technology to improve insulation of homes. Dave’s showing it can be done!
Low Carbon buildings technical expert. Will knows everything and everyone in clean buildings technology. Currently head of The Energy Design Centre at buildings materials company Rockwool and former head of the Low Carbon Building Accelerator at the Carbon Trust.
Low carbon expert consultant. David heads up Cleantech Advisory LLP, which, amongst other things, helps start-ups refine their business plans, find customers and raise finance. He is also called in to advise corporates on all things cleantech, including E.ON, ESBI, GSMA, Shell, Tata, and Virgin.
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