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The idea for the Hungarian house free of utility bills was born on the ocean

Ákos Blaskovich was sailing the Pacific Ocean when he decided to create affordable houses suitable for mass production without any utility bills and with a zero ecological footprint. The idea of the Noah House was born.

The inspiration came from the small boat in which he crossed the ocean, as he had everything he needed in that boat: electricity was produced using solar panels, drinking water was obtained from sea water using a dedicated device, and the boat’s ecological footprint was close to zero. Ákos decided to buy such a self-sustaining and environment-friendly house after landing, but as he found none, he patented his own idea.

Photo: noahhouse.hu

The Noah House needs no public utility connections at all: it produces its own energy using solar panels and provides drinking water by collecting and purifying rain water, uses grey water for flushing toilets, thus reducing water consumption by half. In addition, the house can be fully disassembled and transported in pieces, so there is no construction waste and nature is left almost completely untouched after the house is moved. It also has exceptionally effective thermal insulation, the thermal parameters of the structure are far in excess of the new limits to be introduced in 2021.

The first commercially produced Noah House, a 137 m2 dwelling, is already available for purchase in Hungary, and other sizes will be added in the future. The patent has been registered in Europe and patenting is in progress in Australia, the United States and China.

Video: YouTube/Bertold Bolla
Further information: NOAH HOUSE

Hungarian developments may solve the problem of pharmaceutical residues worldwide

The filtering of pharmaceutical derivatives from water is a problem for almost the entire world. That was part of the reason for the international interest elicited at the Budapest Water Summit by the results of a National Competitiveness and Excellence Programme (NVKP) project led by the Geographical Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Science’s Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences, which cover the complete set of associated problems.

New Coca-Cola bottles made of recycled marine waste

Coca-Cola has presented its first bottle made by recycling marine waste. At its test facility, it has so far produced 300 bottles that contain 25% plastic waste fished out the Mediterranean Sea.

The main reforms and innovations that highly promote water security and sustainable development

Interview with Mr. Xavier Leflaive, Principal Administrator, Environment Directorate, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

How recent political conflicts can be the consequences of insufficient water resources

Interview with Professor Aaron Wolf, Director of the Program in Water Conflict Management, Oregon State University (USA).

Budapest Water Summit attracts tremendous interest

A great many people were interested in the Budapest Water Summit – the importance of the event is attested by the fact that over 2,300 people from 118 countries had applied to attend the event, and along with the over 30 ministerial delegations, leaders of international organisations and multilateral financing institutions, as well as water industry experts have also attended.

BWS Bulletin – Daily report of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 – The third day

The Institute for Sustainable Development have summarized the third day of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 as part of the so-called BWS Bulletin.

János Áder: Young people would like to preserve Hungary as their grandparents saw it

Young people wish to live in a clean environment, that natural need is the message of the drawings, photos and posters they submitted to the competition, said President János Áder to journalists after the awards ceremony of the SDG for Kids competition at the Budapest Water Summit.

Papal message to the participants of the Budapest Water Summit 2019

BWS Bulletin – Daily report of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 – The second day

The Institute for Sustainable Development have summarized the second day of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 as part of the BWS Bulletin

BWS Bulletin – Daily report of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 – The first day

The Institute for Sustainable Development have summarized the first day of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 as part of the so-called BWS Bulletin.

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