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Making roofs more intelligent

What’s being billed as the country’s first zero energy house is steadily taking shape in Point Chevalier, Auckland, and its owners are aiming to save up to $80,000 in power costs over the next 25 years.

### idealog.co.nz July 2, 2012 @ 10:07 am
Zero energy house leading the way
By Idealog
SolarCity has partnered with owners Joanna Woods and Shay Brazier and energy consultants and eco-companies to help build the house, which aims to achieve net-zero power bills by generating as much electricity as is consumed through a blend of energy-efficient features and an intelligent solar roof. Brazier, who is also head of design and innovation at SolarCity, says the house could save between $50,000-$80,000 in power costs over the next 25 years.
“Our zero energy house protects us from the impact of electricity rate increases while safeguarding the environment for the next generation,” Brazier says. “The country needs to start thinking about making their roofs more intelligent, and start thinking about the cost of running a house per square metre, rather than just the cost of building a house per square metre.”
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Zero Energy Solar from Zero Energy House Project on Vimeo.

Zero Energy Explained from Zero Energy House Project on Vimeo.

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Design and innovation – challenge

### idealog.co.nz 19 October 2011 at 11:19 am
Design thinking: What’s it all about?
By Design Daily Team
What is design thinking, why is it so important and what impact will it have on the world? This two minute video offers a little insight.

Design & Thinking Official Documentary Trailer from Design&Thinking on Vimeo.

### idealog.co.nz 19 October 2011 at 12:34 pm
Branson’s business challenge: Impress me and reap rewards
Sir Richard Branson has issued a challenge to New Zealand businesses: Prove you have the mettle to go global – and win a six-figure boost for your company. In conjunction with BNZ, Virgin and Air New Zealand have put together a prize package worth more than $100,000 for one company with the “right stuff” – including time with Branson himself, a $100,000 cash prize, a BNZ business education scholarship, mentoring from Virgin and BNZ execs, and access to Virgin meeting rooms worldwide. Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia will also give the winning business a travel package and flights to London, New York and Geneva.

To be considered, entrepreneurs must demonstrate “creativity and innovation with the potential to go global”, aspiring to reach $50 million turnover within five years.

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Thinking differently

### bbc.co.uk 6 October 2011 Last updated at 23:07 GMT
The cult of Steve Jobs
By Kate Dailey BBC News Magazine

Steve Jobs’s combination of success and secrecy endeared him to people across the world, who mourned his death in public. Even before Steve Jobs passed away, his cult of personality loomed large over Apple. When it was announced that he’d be stepping down, analysts worried that the company would flounder without him. But his death crystallised both his status as a cult figure and his legacy to a company in transition. Within minutes of his passing, Twitter was overcome with hashtags and posts in memoriam. On Facebook, people posted and reposted a series of photos, quotes, and videos about Jobs, creating a digital echo chamber. People flocked to Apple stores across the globe to leave flowers. Groups used the candle apps on their iPads to create a vigil.
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Idealog’s tidy summary (via Daily Bacon 7.10.11)
Steve Jobs: “Technology Alone Is Not Enough” (The New Yorker 7.10.11)

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