sustainability - Living Technologies http://tepuidesign.com/taxonomy/term/19/0 en Living Roofs http://tepuidesign.com/living-technologies/roof-gardens <p><img class="floatright" src="/sites/tepuidesign.com/files/images/Green_roof_Chicago.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="150" /> Living Roofs are human-made vegetated areas on the top of buildings that entail a number of social a environmental benefits.</p> <p>Living Roof systems, also called Green Roofs or Sky Gardens, date back to the pre-mediaeval days in Europe when sod roofs in Scandinavia were commonly used to keep country homes warm and dry. In fact it could be claimed that the oldest surviving green roof is on New Grange, county Meath in Ireland.</p> <p><a href="http://tepuidesign.com/living-technologies/roof-gardens">read more</a></p> Living Technologies Living Roof Sun, 17 Jun 2007 22:31:51 +0000 eduardo 8 at http://tepuidesign.com Natural Swimming Pools http://tepuidesign.com/living-technologies/natural-swimming-pools <p> A Natural Swimming Pool uses the technology of the reed bed filtration system to cleanse the swimming water. Regular swimming pools use chemicals such as chlorine to kill bacteria (which can damage swimmers’ health and our ozone system), whereas a natural swimming pool uses the natural purifying properties of plants, as well as a small filter to extract surface debris such as leaves, and a small pump to keep the water circulating sufficiently through the planting area. </p><p><p><a href="http://tepuidesign.com/living-technologies/natural-swimming-pools">read more</a></p> Living Technologies Natural Swimming Pool Mon, 18 Jun 2007 09:40:20 +0000 eduardo 10 at http://tepuidesign.com Living Walls http://tepuidesign.com/living-technologies/living-walls <p> <img src="/sites/tepuidesign.com/files/images/green_wall.jpg" class="floatleft" alt="Green Wall - Photo by Renée Stephen, 2005" height="200" width="140" /> Essentially a living wall is a vertically grown plant community which mimics the growth mode of plants on a natural rock wall. In such situations, a continuous seep of moisture flowing over the surface supports a varied population of mosses, ferns, and other companion plants. </p> <p> Living Walls, or Biowalls, have been conceived and refined independently in several different places, but are based upon similar principles. </p><p><a href="http://tepuidesign.com/living-technologies/living-walls">read more</a></p> Living Technologies Living Wall Mon, 18 Jun 2007 09:38:51 +0000 eduardo 9 at http://tepuidesign.com Supporting and Compatible Technologies http://tepuidesign.com/living-technologies/supporting-and-compatible-technologies <p> There is a range of sustainable technologies which, while not specifically Living Technologies themselves, fit very well with systems such as Living Roofs, Living Walls, Living Machines, etc.<p><a href="http://tepuidesign.com/living-technologies/supporting-and-compatible-technologies">read more</a></p> Living Technologies Supporting Technologies Mon, 18 Jun 2007 10:03:05 +0000 eduardo 11 at http://tepuidesign.com