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Clinic Built From a Repurposed Shipping Container

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Building Trust International recently announced the winners of the 2014 Moved To Care competition. The competition called for a solution for providing healthcare in rural areas of Asia, and the student winner of the competition was Christopher Knitt of the University of Wisconsin for his design of Reflex, a clinic made from a repurposed shipping container that can easily be deployed anywhere. Apart from being upcycled, this clinic can also operate off-the-grid and invites the participation of the local community in its deployment.
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Pros and Cons of Shipping Container Architecture

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Building homes using shipping containers has been all the rage lately and few can deny that these structures lend themselves very well to building sustainable, cozy and unique homes. But not everything about using shipping containers as building blocks is perfect. This article looks at the main pros and cons of shipping container architecture, starting with the good stuff.
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Discarded Cigarette Butts can be Recycled into Energy Storage Devices

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Cigarette butts are one of the most haphazardly discarded items, and an estimated 766,571 metric tons of them end up deposited into the environment each year across the globe. Furthermore, even if the cigarette butts are disposed of properly, they still pose a threat since arsenic and other harmful chemicals leak from them into the earth and waterways. But now a team of researchers from Seoul National University have found a way to recycle used cigarette filters into super-effective energy storage material. They recently published their findings in the journal Nanotechnology.
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Year Long Study of Net-Zero Energy Home Completed Successfully

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It has now been a year since the Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility (NZERTF) in Washington DC has been built and its energy harvesting capabilities began to be monitored. The home was built on the campus at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where scientists and researchers conducted a computer simulation that replicated the energy consumption of a family of four. The results showed the home to be a success, since after a year the home generated 13,577 kWh of energy. This is about 491 kWh more than was needed.
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10 Ways to Use Shipping Containers as Homes

In the last few years, it’s been well-established that shipping containers make awesome, trendy and eco-friendly homes. But for those who still doubt it (or anyone looking for inspiration) here is a list of ten ways in which a shipping container can become a home, ranging from the simplest to the most extravagant.

1. SurfShack

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The First European LEED Platinum Home

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The LEED Platinum for homes rating is quite rare. In fact, the recently completed Italian BioCasa 82 is the first home in Europe to receive this high rating. BioCasa82 was designed by the Italian firm Rosario Picciotto Architects and constructed by Welldom, a company that specializes in green building. It is located in Montebelluna, a town near Venice, Italy.
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