Articles - January, 2011

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Beautiful Land Yacht Docked in Texas

Reclaimed Space, an Austin-based company that crafts custom prefabs out of reclaimed materials, recently installed this project in Bastrop, Texas.  It’s a small home of 512 square feet that wears the character of salvaged materials well.  The owners work full-time on a private yacht and ground here with their horses and Brangus cattle when not sailing the world, making this their “land yacht.

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Building an Austin Tiny House [Video]

Austin-based documentary filmmaker and instructional designer Jim Bruno was kind enough to tell me about his new short film entitled “Louis Burns & Austin Tiny House.”  The subject is Louis Burns and his reflections building a tiny house.  Burns built the minimalist, Spartan space in a plug-and-play style — all it needs is a heavy-duty extension cord and garden hose.

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Home Lighting: Keep An Eye on LEDs

I’m going to be honest, I hate my CFLs.  After blowing all sorts of cash on these things, I’ve yet to find one that performs the way I’d like it to.  Plus, since lighting accounts for some 11% of residential energy use on average, it’s an area that deserves attention.  In doing so, I’ve been playing with various options and think LEDs may just be the ticket.

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Building Integrated Wind in Chicago

A mixed-use project in Chicago has been getting a lot of attention for its green elements.  Most noticeable, perhaps, is the beveled corner that holds 12 vertical-axis wind turbines (VAWT) by Helix Wind.  The turbines are stacked in two columns on the building’s southwest corner and were included in the HOK designed-facade to cover all exterior lighting costs.

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Off-Grid itHouse Going Up in California

This 800-square foot Clearlake itHouse is under construction in California right now.  Similar to another itHouse that we mentioned previously, the home will be off-grid and solar-powered.  It will also be the first, elevated, above-ground itHouse, leaving the site relatively untouched by the structure.

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