Lighting and Interiors has rounded up some other innovations that are knocking on the doors of homeowners everywhere as sooner or later these will become relevant to the construction of sustainable houses.
For example, floating solar panel. and, as AD reported, Japan is taking the lead with plans to build the largest floating solar installation.
Some 51,000 solar panels that will have a capacity to generate just over 16,000 megawatt-hours per year, which is enough to power about 5,000 homes.
The project is expected to be completed next year and will be constructed over the surface of the Yamakura Dam reservoir, some 43 miles south-east of the capital Tokyo.
About time someone came up with a smog-eating tower. Yes, you read correctly.
Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde and his team created a 23-foot-high structure which was built in Beijing, China, possibly one of the most contaminated cities in the world.
The tower “inhales” about 30,000 cubic meters of pollution per hour and operates almost entirely on wind energy.
Another amazing creation is a device capable of converting fog into drinkable water.
According to Architecture Digest, a group of German and Moroccan scientists built a series of nets along the edges of the Sahara desert, in the dry and mountainous parts of south-west Morocco.
The instrument can produce enough fresh water to hydrate 500 people in a nearby village.