An exogenously defined poverty line yields poverty headcounts between any two points in time that are a net outcome of the two-way traffic into and out of poverty. This paper argues that, for the rural Indian context, where housing is too lumpy and illiquid to be used for consumption smoothing, transitions in housing quality in cross-sectional data sets can provide revealed evidence of household perceptions of downside risk to their current consumption levels.

It will soon be possible to rate buildings according to their environmental friendliness.

Biomimetics is a field of science that studies biological processes for effectively using them in the development of innovative engineering materials and systems. It is a new field of emergence in materials science and engineering in which lessons learned from biology form the basis for evolution of novel technological materials. Biomimetics is finding application in diverse areas ranging from micro/nano electronics to civil/structural engineering.

Reducing carbon emissions is not just about curbing vehicular pollutants. Those in the business of green have realised that using energy-efficient construction material can make all the difference. And, windows can help a great deal in the process.

The stone wool insulation material produced at Dahej, will save 1,000,000,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.

Elizabeth Hausler aims to bring quake-resistant construction to the developing world : Interview.

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Pune-based start-up develops a new model of construction that cuts cost and reduces labour

A masonry product that cuts out the use of cement and sand and does not require water curing is what Punebased Green Build Products has developed as its core product line.

Bombay High Court order on Writ Petition No. 97 2011 with Writ Petition No. 98 2011 on sand mining. The court has directed the Maharashtra government not to award any contract for sand mining or allow further excavation until and unless the agency concerned obtains an environmental clearance.

Cancer epidemics in Turkey could hold the secret to staving off a public health disaster in North Dakota.

The present laboratory study reports the results of various engineering properties, such as compressive strength, tensile strength, flexural strength and impact strength of fibre reinforced concrete produced from waste plastic fibres and flyash which are the two environmental pollutants.

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