Once again, the incredibly brilliant minds at Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH Zurich) have announced innovative processes and materials for a better built environment. Phys.org has the story: Researchers from ETH Zurich have built a prototype of an ultra-thin, curved concrete roof using innovative digital design and fabrication methods. The tested novel formwork system will be … Continue reading Proof of Concept: Ultra-thin, insulated concrete roof with embedded PV
Apple's success as a company under Steve Jobs' leadership was rarely about being first to market. Rather, Apple's most successful products so far (Macintosh, iPod, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch) were challengers in existing product categories (personal computing, MP3 players, smartphones, tablets, wearables). Apple's entry into established categories was disruptive and ultimately successful due to superior … Continue reading Tesla will not be alone in the solar PV roofing tile market
Inhabitat's Kristine Lofgren reports that the order form and website for Tesla's new solar roofing system is now live. In a previous article, Inhabitat had the following to say: The seamless look of the new technology is thanks to “integrated front skirts and no visible mounting hardware” according to Tesla’s website. Electrek said these features come … Continue reading Breaking down the pricing (and potential risks) of Tesla’s new solar roof system
Business Insider's Danielle Muoio on Friday provided the following update regarding Tesla's ambitious and potentially disruptive photovoltaic glass roof tiles: CEO Elon Musk tweeted in March that the company would begin taking orders for its four solar roof shingle options this month. But during a TED Talk Friday, Musk said that two of the tile options won't be … Continue reading Tesla modifies roll-out of glass solar-powered roof tiles… plus more details!
Ronald Ray, writing for Construction Specifier, has a great article on different methods for detecting, diagnosing and pinpointing the location of leaks within various types of roofs. What makes Ray's article so great is some of the cool new technologies outlined representing the bleeding edge of building forensics: All roofs eventually leak—it is just a matter of when … Continue reading The cutting edge of roofing forensics and leak detection technology