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Rainwater Harvesting – Water Tanks for Rainwater Collection

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In Australia drought and water conservation are of constant concern. We are a dry continent; in fact we’re the driest inhabited continent on Earth. Every drop of water is precious, and investing in rainwater harvesting is of benefit to both individual households and our nation as a whole. Rainwater harvesting simply means the collection of rainwater for re-use, instead of allowing it to run off into the ground. The rain water collected has a myriad of uses; gardening, irrigation, water features, livestock, washing, bathing and heating. With minimal treatment, rainwater can also be used as drinking water, and is just as safe as the water that comes out of your tap. Just as solar power provides free energy, rainwater harvesting provides free water. Not only will it reduce your utility bill, it increases the sustainability of our reservoir and groundwater supplies.  Rainwater harvesting means that you can bypass water restrictions to some extent, using your own supply instead of a limited supply of main water. Not only is Australia a land of droughts, in many areas floods are a constant concern. Without rainwater harvesting, almost all flood water is wasted as it washes away and becomes contaminated. Not only does rainwater harvesting find use from this abundance of water, it reduces the burden on storm drains and other water safety measures. Domestically, the most common method of rainwater harvesting are roof catchment systems. Rain that falls on the roof is siphoned off v...
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Wall Cladding from Austech External Building Products Queensland

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Enviroshield wall cladding supplied by Austech External Building Products Queensland is the new generation of vinyl wall cladding, offering realistic woodgrain texture and colours replicating the appeal of cedar. Enviroshield Exterior vinyl wall cladding, never needs painting so you can enjoy the look of real timber for years, with none of the maintenance. Austech Enviroshield vinyl wall cladding is perfect for any home building, constructions, renovations and extensions. Austech Queensland supplies all wall cladding components and tools required to complete your job. Engineered components to suit our product capturing the look of custom made corner posts and window surrounds. Enviroshield offers a palette of 12 modern colours using “colour-through” process which hides scratches, fade resistant and enduring colour retention. Enviroshield vinyl wall cladding also comes in vertical profile designed for the soffit used for the eaves of any house or structure. The soffit or eave vertical board measurements are 3.66m x 255mm making it very easy to install. Soffit vertical cladding is also available in solid panels with or without insulation and a range of colours, perfectly matched to complement or contrast with all Austech Enviroshield wall cladding. Austech Queensland has Dulux colour codes to match Enviroshield cladding, to assist with the colour designs of the property. Austech Enviroshield vinyl wall cladding is engineered to the toughest conditions and built to withstand h...
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Architectural Membrane Structure- Its Advantages and Usage in Sports Facilities

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Membrane structures are becoming largely popular in modern-day architecture. Although they have been used for over 50 years in form of tents, engineered tension membrane structures are being considered as viable and permanent building methods especially in sports facilities. An architectural membrane structure is a building that has been fully or partially constructed by use of tensile membranes. Some of the major sports buildings that have been developed by use of this unique and amazing technology include the London Olympic Stadium, Kuala Lumpur Formula One Circuit, and Marseilles Olympic Stadium. Other notable constructions that have architectural membrane structures include covered playgrounds, covered outdoor learning areas and multipurpose sports halls. Due to the fact that membrane structures are economical to manufacture, design, and construct, they are mostly suitable for buildings that cover a large area. The low weight of materials used in these membrane structures helps reduce time consumption as well as construction costs. Architectural Membrane Structure- Materials Used An architectural membrane structure is made by use of various materials such as PVC-coated polyester, PVC coated glass fabric, PTFE and ETFE membranes, and translucent polythene fabrics. These are the predominant materials commonly used in construction of various types of buildings. They are composed of various characteristics that give the structure desirable properties such as tensile strengt...
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Why You Should Use Prestige Exteriors for All Your Cladding Needs

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Many homeowners spend a significant part of their incomes for home improvement. The rationale is; homes are the places people spend most of their time, where one can relax after a long day of work, interact with family and friends. Moreover, it is the place you put all your belongings safe, get space for your private life and so forth. Consequently, homes need to be in the best conditions ever. You need to do all it takes to ensure that they are as appealing as you would wish. In Rockhampton cladding is among the home improvement techniques. With the increasing demands of the services, many firms have come up. It thus becomes increasingly difficult for property owners to choose which firms to hire. Wrong choices not only leave one dissatisfied but they also amount to a loss of time and money. This article will explain why you should use Prestige Exteriors for all your needs for cladding Rockhampton. You get a variety to choose from Economists have it right that the higher is the number of options for goods and services to choose from, the more is the level of satisfaction. The reasoning here is that you are given the autonomy to choose based on your tastes and preferences. With that in mind, Prestige Exteriors allows the clients to choose colors and designs of their own from a wide range. Clients thus have to get the best combinations which not only leave them satisfied but happy. It is a licensed firm? For any business to get a trading license, it must have met the minimum r...
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Jester s- Not the Fools You May Think

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A jester or fool was a type of entertainer and archetype in Medieval Europe, similar to a modern clown or comedian. With their colorful, eccentric outfits and repertoire of juggling, acrobatics and wit, jesters were a favorite of commoners and noblemen alike. Jesters were commonly travelling minstrels and acrobats, performing at village fairs and festivals. Those who were especially lucky or talented would be hired as court jesters, becoming a regular fixture of a noble or royal court. They would perform tricks, sing fables and satirize daily court life in front of the upper class. Court jesters were granted special privileges, and were allowed to speak in a way that other commoners were forbidden to. With this license to offend, court jesters served as a “voice of the people” in a culture with rigid social barriers. A court jester could openly mock and satirize their social betters without consequence, and were often favored by their lords as trusted advisors who could always speak their minds. Queen Elizabeth I is recorded as having scolding her court jester for not being harsh enough on her. A successful jester had to be skilled in both physical acts and possess a quick wit and knack for singing and storytelling. Jester performances were usually a mix of juggling, acrobatics and magic combined with fables, songs, jokes and political commentaries. There was no fixed costume for a jester, but costume usually involved loud, motley colours, bells and baubles and a hood with tr...
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Forensic Analysis Developments

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Mirroring the rapid evolution and ubiquity of technology over the last few decades, advances in technology has made sizeable contributions to the field of forensics. These manifest themselves not as entirely original technologies, but innovations in existing technologies in order to increase effectiveness and reduce costs. Some of these advances include: Automated Sniffer Dogs Police dogs such as bloodhounds are a legendary image of policework and forensics, and their ability to identify and track scents have made them invaluable police assets for decades. They are especially useful in the location and identification of cadavers. However they may soon become anachronistic, as Agile Technologies has developed a device that serves the same function with much more accurate readings. The Light-weight Analyzer for Buried Remains and Decomposition Odor Recognition, or LABRADOR for short, is an apparatus made up of 12 sensors that can identify 30 classes of chemicals that are emitted by decaying bodies. Using the visual display, the LABRADOR can identify bodies with a higher accuracy than dogs can, which can be misled by false readings by air and water movement. Operated like a metal detector, a LABRADOR can find a body buried in a 40 acre field to an accuracy of 15 metres. This drastically reduces the time and labour required to locate missing bodies, and removes the cost of raising and caring for specialized police dogs. Fluorescent Fingerprint Enhancement Forensic investigation o...
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