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Ricola’s Headquarters Now Made of Mud

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It’s always nice to see large companies acting responsibly and it is even nicer to see them building their business headquarters sustainably. Ricola, the makers of herbal cough drops from Switzerland, have recently unveiled a new herb processing center that is build out of mud. The work was carried out by Herzog & de Meuron, and the walls of the center were made out of rammed earth under the watchful eye of Martin Rauch of Lehm Ton Erde (Loam Clay Earth). The building will be used for the drying, cutting, blending and storing the herbs as part of the production of the cough drops.
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Awesome Shipping Container Homes in New York City

The stackable nature of shipping containers allows them to be used, among other things, to build homes in very small spots. One area where this comes in very helpful is in cities where available space is scarce. Given the housing crisis in cities across the globe, shipping container homes are a great way to offer affordable housing. Read on for a few creative examples of shipping containers used to build homes in NYC.

Brooklyn Family Home

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Sustainable San Francisco Home is Turning Green

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Not long ago the San Francisco firm Fougeron Architecture designed and built a high-end home along the Northern California coastline. The place is called Fall House, and its most notable feature is certainly the façade, which is made of copper. It’s a little similar to a shipping container home, while Fall House also boasts of a number of other sustainable features. It will also literally turn green due to the exposure of the copper façade to the elements. The side that is not clad in copper is all glass and offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.
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The SpaTap Portable Shower is Super Simple and Super Smart

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One of the problems faced by anyone trying to live a simple and sustainable life is certainly trying to conserve as much water as possible without sacrificing hygiene. Enter the SpaTap, which is an incredibly simple and ingenious solution to taking a shower or washing your hands off-the-grid. All that it needs to work is a plastic water bottle, which is a widely available item, to which you attach the SpaTap for water efficient showers, hand washes or food preparation.
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Cross Shaped Shipping Container Home

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The Georgia-based architect Dachi Papuashvili recently shared his plans to construct a tiny home using two shipping containers. He is calling this house The Skit and he plans for it to be shaped like a cross, with one of the shipping containers standing vertically and the other traversing it perpendicularly.
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A Contemporary Passive House Built in the Northwest

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The Artisans Group, an architecture firm based in Washington State recently designed a passive family home in the Northwest region of the country. To build this passive house, the architects used a number of systems, as opposed to technologies, which resulted in an energy efficient, sustainable and energy star rated home.
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