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20 Nov 11 Aga Khan Planning and Building Service, Pakistan – Ashden Award winner

This video can be downloaded here: Aga Khan Planning and Building Service, Pakistan won an Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy in 2011. To find out more visit the link above, and follow us on: Facebook Twitter Blog: In North Pakistan, winters in the mountains are harsh and natural disasters are part of life. Wide-scale forest destruction causes damage from flooding and disrupts the country’s water supply because the region acts as a watershed. Over 14 years ago, the Aga Khan Planning and Building Service (AKPBS) began a concerted drive to make homes in North Pakistan warmer, and reduce the use of wood. Based on the Aga Khan’s belief that: “A proper home can bridge that terrible gap between poverty and a better future” the programme is doing just that for over 240000 people. Today over 100 ‘resource people’ work in their own villages promoting energy efficient products. A US package could include floor insulation, an efficient cook stove with a chimney to let smoke out, a water heater, and a roof hatch window that cuts out draughts and lets in light, also fresh air when needed. AKPBS trains local people as artisans and entrepreneurs and has created over 360 new jobs. Over 50000 products have been sold through word of mouth, tours and demonstration homes. Homes are warmer and families save money on fuel-wood and, by ridding their homes of smoke, they avoid respiratory problems too. And local trees and the
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27 Sep 11 Kitchen of the future – Award Winning Design by Minosa for Apollo kitchens Minosa was commissioned by Apollo kitchens to design their new stand for the HIA (Housing Industry of Australia) Home show held in Sydney in May 2010. The brief was simple! make it stand out and make it different. We wanted to create something that was really fluid, something that played with all of the people at the show not just those on the stand, so by creating the floor to ceiling open bookshelf if people were walking past it appeared as though they were on the stand, creating movement and asking people to engage with the stand. Next we added a coffee machine (Essential) this was part of the brief, we want ted bring people in to the space for the coffee so that staff could engage with them and showcase the creation and workmanship. The wall of tall joinery was the main feature of the stand, this element was multi functional and featured the V-Zug cooking appliances, remote controlled lift up doors that open up the sink & scullery area. The front section of this area is designated to general cooking and living whilst the back section houses a second fridge, dishwashers, the in wall coffee machine and microwave. The island unit was made from Essa stone from Laminex with the V-Zug induction cooktops & recessed induction wok. This stand was judge to be the best in its field and size at the show.
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01 Jul 11 TRANE clean effects whole house air cleaning system Award Winning Michigan Trane Dealer.mpg

COLONIAL HEATING and COOLING Plymouth, MI 734-455-6500 Your home is the most important asset you have, so when youre ready to choose your heating and cooling company, get yourself the best contractor in the business! We are a heating and cooling Plymouth, MI based company. Weve been in business for over 30 years, specializing in residential and commercial systems, offering installation of everything from a tankless water heater to Trane air conditioners. All of our experienced staff are qualified and have been with us for many years. We hold ongoing training and safety seminars to ensure the procedures we use are up-to-date in quality control and superb performance. Colonial Heating and Cooling is a “Trane Comfort Specialist Dealer” and that means our customers are our top priority! Customers that choose “Trane” products such as Trane air conditioners, and choose us to install their equipment have the chance to take a survey directly from “Trane.” Once they have taken the survey “Trane” decides (based on customer satisfaction survey results) which companies will be labeled “Trane Comfort Specialists.” We are very honored to have this title and will do our very best to make sure we go up and above for our customers! Colonial offers a wide range of services including 24 hour emergency service, installation of new products and duct cleanings. We also offer a huge range of green products and expert advice on how to make your home more energy efficient. We

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08 Jun 11 Ashden award video produced for Aprovecho Research Center for institutional rocket stoves

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31 Mar 11 Aprovecho and Shengzhou, mass producing efficient wood stoves – Ashden Award winner

This video can be downloaded here: Aprovecho Reseach Center and Shengzhou Stove Manufacturer won an Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy in 2009. To find out more visit the link above and check out the Ashden Awards Blog You also follow us on Facebook Twitter The Aprovecho Research Centre in the US and Shenghou Stove Manufacturers in China have pooled their rich experience and skills to produce a cheap, robust and efficient stove for mass production to developing countries. The stoves replace dirty and polluting kerosene and open fires saving up to 50 percent of fuel wood and reducing 70 percent of dangerous emissions. SSM has sold over 60000 stoves since 2007, producing them at a rate of 12000 stoves a month and selling them to distributors. The main customer is Envirofit International, which markets stoves in India supported by the Shell Foundation. Other customers are in South Africa, Tanzania, Madagascar, Argentina and Chile.

An update on our final Modifications, a Boil Test, and a Heads up on The Metal Lid from Heavy Cover!
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