The most solar-panelled, sustainable material-using, eco-friendly building can still leave an unnecessary environmental footprint. How? By forgetting to design the structure paperless. Engineers love to use paper, and an average residential structural engineer will use at least a ton of it every month.
(Model: Aster, a tiny round home)
Deltec Homes introduces three new models to their line of high performance and net-zero homes, the Renew Collection. The new models include the Aster, an 861-square-foot tiny round home; the Chestnut, an Arts and Crafts-style home; and the Highland, a modern design.
Fully funded after raising 100k in 13 days and still up on Kickstarter is a very unique razor called the Beluga Razor. Beluga Shave Co. is a Cincinnati-based company who wants to deliver you a better quality shave at a fraction of the blade cost of other razors like Dollar Shave Club. Plus, they want to help the environment by creating a durable and long lasting product formed from 316L Stainless Steel that uses recyclable all-metal replacements blades that cost as little as 10 cents. Now that’s an easy and simple solution to help slow down the billions of cartridge and disposable razors thrown out each year.
As the new year begins and the US housing market improves Deltec Homes has focused on quality and environmental responsibility which Deltec president Steve Linton says are his core values. “When the housing market crashed there was pressure to cut back on quality, craftsmanship and our environmental initiatives, but we know sticking to our values was key to survival.”
Simple clean and tiny, the “Studio Shed” can be nestled in a little corner. They are tiny and functional and reasonably priced, perfect for creating that little personal space for a hobby, small dwelling or just relaxing….
Ryan Naylor of Grow Design is taking on a a container home build as a DIY project, he is kind enough to have sent some details through on the first stage of his project.
- location: West Asheville – exact location is private for his families sake.
- materials: Mostly re-used, scrap, and surplus materials including (but not limited to) two 40′ HC (high-cube 9.5ft. tall) shipping containers, a spiral staircase, a claw-foot bathtub, penny kitchen floor, etc.
- cost: UNDER 100K total. (property, materials, labor, city fee’s, etc.) for 1400 sq. ft. 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home.
- time to build: 6-8 months
- insulation: spray closed cell foam and batt
- windows: HUGE window panes from the Asheville courthouse (they ordered too many and some in the wrong sizes) and re-used, surplus, windows from friends/family/Craigslist