It's crazy how time flies. We're in April, and the launch of the iPad is moments away. Soon, I'm sure many of you will be tapping away at energy monitors and stuff. While you're doing that, make sure to come back and catch up on any March coverage that you didn't get. Also, if you like what you're reading, get updates with Twitter or Facebook and share what you like. Here's the list:
In New Zealand, One Cool Habitat is shipping tiny container habitats all across the globe. Whether you're looking for extra space for a home office, studio, or anything else, this 160 square-foot space comes with a clean slate ready to be customized inside. The habitat is built with a 20-foot container, composite panels, and, of course, strategically placed windows. The base model starts at $29,500, according to Inhabitat.
Studio Aisslinger, designer of the Loftcube, recently unveiled this new modular design for a home that's transportable, sustainable, and low energy, all at the same time. According to Design Boom, Fincube, a 500 square-foot structure with a kitchen, living space, bedroom, and bathroom, was built with locally sourced wood in Northern Italy and features 360-degree triple glazing windows.
You've probably heard about IKEA's prefab homes offered overseas called BoKlok. This isn't anything like that, but it has some interesting potential. As discovered by Michael Janzen of Tiny House Design, IKEA recently teamed up with ReadyMade to show these ReadyMade Signature Modular Dwellings at a few locations along the West Coast. The dwelling has a full kitchen, living room, and bedroom — all tightly packaged in a tiny little space.
Emeco, maker of iconic chairs with 80% recycled aluminum, will soon offer the Navy Chair made with recycled Coca-Cola bottles, according to Dezeen. Representing four years of research, 111 Navy Chair will be made with 111 PET bottles, or about 65% post-consumer content. According to Emeco, not only will the chair be "super strong, durable and comfortable," but it will also be "warm, colorful and about half the price of the aluminum one." Thoughts? Available exclusively from DWR.
New World Home, a design-build company, recently took LEED Platinum for another traditional home in Geogia. Like the other one nearby, this Marietta home was factory-built in modules and has a slew of green features. It’s the company’s Chadwick design and the award-winning home also carries NAHB Gold and EarthCraft Gold certifications.