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We are in the process of starting a non-profit building science research center in Troy, NY.

The goal of the organization is to provide an effective research alternative to dramatically improve building energy consumption before we kill this planet.

We believe that neither academia or private companies provide an effective place for this to happen fast enough. Buildings consume a bigger piece of the energy pie than cars, but we still don't even have the language to talk about it: how many miles per gallon does your house do? The established discipline of Architecture or Engineering seem to be unable to properly address these issues. We believe we need a new field

We will need all kinds of help over all with web design, writing/editing, legal advice and organizational and communication skills to get started. We will need fund-rising and all kind of help as we get the organization set up and moving.

Please join us on Facebook, and or email me back if you have any questions or would like to help: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Center-for-Applied-Building-Science/471596289549198

The Center for Applied Building Science (C.A.B.S) is an experiment in collaborative science and open source engineering. We will provide networking and an environment for participants to work together to advance building science and direct recycling. Knowledge developed at CABS will be published open source for noncommercial use.

I invite you all to see Michael Reynolds documentary to better understand the current situation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=YrMJwIedrWU


Rafael Varela

Comments on "Center for Applied Building Science"

  1. OEIC default avatar csweningsen December 31, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    A good idea, best wishes, pretty vague so far. Do you have specific contacts, for instance at RPI? Do you have any specific plans in mind?


  2. OEIC default avatar TheCenterforAppliedBuildingScience December 31, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Hi Christian,
    this was a fast introduction and as you point out it sounds very generic.
    There is a few concrete areas that the Center concentrates in:
    1.-Insulative materials from recycling streams: ultralight EPSCRETE, design of terciary and cuaternary mixes and testing. Design and development of a self-fed polyestyrene grinder anyone could build under $400. (There is none available under $4,000).
    2.- Technology transfer: Building design as foam sandwich composites + Engineered Cementitious Coomposites (ECC, ductile concrete). We have made a few proof of concept samples.
    3.-Improving the low Insulation value of light openings (windows).

  3. OEIC default avatar TheCenterforAppliedBuildingScience December 31, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Another specific plan is to integrate a greenhouse all along the south facade of a building as per the earthship general design strategy (solar passive gain, buffer thermal zone, etc..) into an existing building in Troy NY.
    The greenhouse would utilize the liquid bubble insulation principles. The only transparent solution I have seen so far capable of achieving R20-40, and to clear in a few minutes (a regular double pane window is R3 or R4 max! by comparison).
    It seems this would be the first worldwide implementation of the technology into a building in an urban environment.

  4. OEIC default avatar TheCenterforAppliedBuildingScience December 31, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Not sure why do you ask about contacts at RPI.
    I am, myself, an RPI Alumni with a Master in Architectural Sciences. There’s conversation’s with the Incubator Center and some departments.
    RPI is a pretty large Institution, as such, anything would move slower, unless it is some really concrete, specific help in some projects.
    Construction is a tremendously conservative industry in which is almost impossible to make money, or find venture capital for innovation.
    These are a few reasons why we believe the Center may be a way to overcome those obstacles.
    Institutions also have a tendency to feel…. kind of like an allergy towards anything that is hands-on, or sounds DIY, ...still some of the major innovation where DIY hacks in a garage=The plane, from the Wright brothers.
    Any and all contacts are welcome. Feel free to spread the word.

  5. OEIC default avatar TheCenterforAppliedBuildingScience December 31, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    If you go to the Facebook page, and you like technology you can read a full patent on Cross-Vaulted Sandwich composites for roofs etc… that has been published by the Center. There is also a short powerpoint presentation on some of the topics discussed above.

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