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I imagine you've seen some of the 10 "insanely" green sheds in a recent publication of Popular Mechanics.  I read the article and was captured by the Eco-Shed, a structure that cost owner and author James Glave about $100,000 to build.  With the help of Dan Parke of Salal Architecture, Glave put together an incredible low-impact writing studio. Check it out. 

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This 260-square-foot shed is located in Bowen Island, British Columbia, and was built with reclaimed or certified lumber, low-E windows, low-VOC paints, an R20 concrete slab, steel roofing, rainwater harvesting, and a 2,400 gallon cistern that irrigates Glave's organic farm.  

Glave started out with a budget of $50,000, which he thought was pretty large, but it turns out he needed more.  All this is discussed in his Thoreauvian book, Almost Green, which I intend to read in the near future. 

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Credits: James Glave.