July 2018 | Modelur
5 Of The World’s Most Sustainable Building Materials

5 of the world’s most sustainable building materials

  • July 19, 2018

New eco-friendly, sustainable building materials have emerged to reduce the environmental impact of building construction and operations. To determine how eco-friendly a certain building material is, we must consider several factors. For example, materials that are locally sourced don't use a lot of energy for transportation. The durability of material is another factor. Materials that have to be replaced frequently, are obviously not eco-friendly. Another criteria is the embodied energy of…

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Achieving The Appropriate Urban Density – Learning From Europe

Achieving the appropriate urban density – learning from Europe

  • July 14, 2018

Urban planners today aim to create compact, transit-oriented urban landscapes. In his blog post, Michael Lewyn, assistant professor at Touro Law Center in Long Island, explains that there are two options to achieve this goal. Tall buildings or ...? Many cities are facing a growing number of new residents. That means that more housing is needed. At the same time, cities should be dense enough that public transport can be efficient. One way of achieving this…

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What Does Midnight Electricity Use Tell Us About Morning Traffic Congestion?

What does midnight electricity use tell us about morning traffic congestion?

  • July 10, 2018

In their study, PhD candidate Pinchao Zhang  and assist. prof. Sean Qian show that the pattern of when electricity is used in households during the night can predict the start of morning traffic congestion better than real-time monitoring of transit. The study is based on 79 days' worth of time-of-day electricity data from 322 anonymous households in Austin. Predicting traffic congestion Predicting the beginning and duration of traffic congestion is difficult. There are many variables that…

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