Showing 12 ideas for tag "sustainable-living"

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Cohousing: Affordable, sustainable and social supportive

Cohousing is a Denmark concept. It describes neighborhoods that combine the autonomy of private dwellings with the advantages of shared resources and community living. The concept of sharing spaces and everyday lives It is also an affordable and sustainable living way with energy saving effects of sharing common spaces, and an example of community living.
It is a solution for low-income people but also for insolate people... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

Create a sustainable community where neighbours learn to support each other. Bring economical and mental health benefits to the community.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Energy saving effects of sharing common spaces. By pooling resources to build and maintain common eating, dining and recreational facilities, savings on materials, manpower and ongoing energy and maintenance costs are significant.

Read more: What is Cohousing and How Does it Work? | Investopedia https://www.investopedia.com/articles/personal-finance/072215/what-cohousing-and-how-does-it-work.asp#ixzz5Ayjy8F2i

How is this idea attainable through the use of technology or data?

Applying green energy concepts to make those smart buildings and sustainable communities.

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Startup to provide sustainable co-housing and provide jobs

A startup that will provide venture capital for co-housing of different types (community, dorm-style) and create jobs is what the city needs. This is not a typical social housing but catered to those who are working or receiving pension or new to the City with annual income of $xxxxx. The idea of living in an affordable "community" and make it sustainable or even create jobs that members would be benefit from is timely.... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

We heard of families or citizens struggling during the economic downturn, unable to pay mortgages. There's so much hype on home ownership which eventually drive prices up and so in a downturn, people are not prepared for the worse.

The City of Calgary should be a "leader" in shifting the paradigm that "home ownership" is not about pricey homes or getting mortgages. It's about making living sustainable and affordable, thus creating "happy" citizens.

The idea is inspired by San Francisco's StarCity model (http://www.businessinsider.com/san-francisco-middle-class-moving-to-community-housing-starcity-2018-3) and Netherlands' cohousing initiatives (http://www.lvcw.nl/teksten/Cohousing%20in%20the%20Netherlands%20-%20as%20presentated%20at%20the%20Summit.pdf)

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

The startup business model (venture capital, business group, resources, business monitoring, etc.)

How is this idea attainable through the use of technology or data?

You can make use of current technologies like 3D print a home (https://www.engadget.com/2017/03/07/apis-cor-3d-printed-house/) or use of recycled lumber, home smart solutions that you can monitor via an Apple iPad or Android tablet.

Residents can respond to surveys like measure their happiness or satisfaction, monitor success or failure of their work or business, etc.

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Aquaponic community garden

Year round Community gardens using certifiably organic growing technique of aquaponics. We can sustainably and consistently grow organic food while creating an amazing atmosphere year round.

Why is this an ambitious idea?

This is an ambitious idea because using aquaponics growing techniques is the way of sustainable organic food production of the future. If done right aquaponics vertical farming grows up to 22x more food per year in the same square feet as terestial growing, using 5% of the water, and staying organic. Reduces our carbon footprint drastically by eliminating transportation of food. With modern lighting technology the cost to produce is reduced significantly. It would make a great gathering place for community. This is the future, we can be the first to do it as a city. To my knowledge anyway

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Personal health surveys.

How is this idea attainable through the use of technology or data?

With growing awareness aquaponics growing systems are being developed and improved around the world rapidly. The systems already exist we only need to implement them.

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The Saaf web platform/app – Democratizing the residential clean

Saaf's Vision: Democratize the residential clean energy transition.

Saaf, means clear/pure in Hindi and rings true with our vision and will enable cities like Calgary to become more resilient and sustainable. Our proposed web platform/app will help residential consumers with taking action on energy efficiency retrofits.

The single largest deterrent in unlocking the potential for wider adoption of energy efficiency retrofits... more »

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Ecoplast Solutions - Advancing the Circular Economy trending idea

Ecoplast Solutions - Composite Building and Advancing the Circular Economy

The world is facing a plastics crisis. In 2018, global plastic waste totaled 260 million metric tons; by 2030, that number is estimated to rise to 460 million. Although plastics have many societal benefits that make life more convenient, the system is broken. As a result, single-use plastics are the leading waste polluters harming our environment.... more »

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Skipcrete and Rebelwall

Wattle and daub have been used for at least 6,000 years and are still important construction materials in many parts of the world. Many historic buildings include wattle and daub construction, and the technique is becoming popular again in more developed areas as a low-impact sustainable building technique. Unfortunately, wattle and daub have nowhere near the strength that concrete has and perform poorly in earthquake... more »

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Skipcrete and Rebelwall

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Wattle and daub have been used for at least 6,000 years and are still important construction materials in many parts of the world. Many historic buildings include wattle and daub construction, and the technique is becoming popular again in more developed areas as a low-impact sustainable building technique. Unfortunately, wattle and daub have nowhere near the strength that concrete has and perform poorly in earthquake... more »

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STARS, STEM, STEALTH, AND SHIELD

THE 4 S-MEN

STARS, STEM, STEALTH, & SHIELD

Rhea Building Logic has developed over a dozen novel innovations to affordably reduce the energy load of today's homes. Once the concept of a recycling home energy appliance was born the need for a building system that could take advantage of Rhea's capabilities was created. These are the 4 S men of the ReBeL system.

STARS: Solar Thermal-Air Roofing System

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GEM, C-ZER, RAZOR, & TEMPERING

GEM: GAS EXHAUST MITIGATION

Houses that use natural gas produce CO₂ and lots of it. The weeping pipe is installed on all new homes at a cost of around $50 a linear meter. The bulk of the cost comes from requiring the rock-slinger truck that provides the gravel. The pipe we all use is cheap, usually made from 100% recycled plastic, and often comes with a nylon sock that further prevents dirt from entering the pipe. This... more »

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Kensington Corner: A Case Study in Urban Resilience

Kensington Corner is a unique, small-scale proposed mixed-use development that blends home and work at the intersection of Kensington Road and 16 Street NW. The proposed development envisions a commercial office space and adjacent townhouse. The existing post-war bungalow located at 1702 Kensington Road NW is currently the home of the President and Founder of Intelligent Futures, John Lewis, and his family. In May 2019,... more »

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20 Minute Neighbourhood

Imagine this. On a blustery autumn day, you leave your house and you take a 10 minute walk to the gym where you workout. After biking to work you try a new cafe for lunch. After work, you walk your dog around the nearby park. You eat dinner and have a restful evening. You go to bed peacefully and stress free. This could be any neighborhood in Calgary.

Currently, however, this is not the case as Calgary has the problem... more »

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ZS2 Technologies- Construction Solutions for Building a Better

ZS2 technologies is a leading-edge innovation company located in Calgary, Alberta. We develop novel Magnesium Carbonate based cement that sequesters significant CO2 and utilizes wastewater from existing industries. Our research is intended to result in a proprietary, Alberta made, highly sustainable, commercial building product that will open up jobs, market towards the global construction industry, while prioritizing... more »

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