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Who Wants to Live in a Maintenance Free House?

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Next to mortgage payments and building costs, maintenance costs are another expensive aspect of owning a home. Even if your home is as sustainable as possible, these costs still apply and get worse with age. Enter the Maintenance-Free House, designed by developers Realdania BYG and Arkitema Architects of Denmark, in collaboration with the Danish Technological Institute.
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Shipping Containers Used to Create a Modern Residence and Home Office

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A few years ago, the architecture firm Building Lab, completed the renovation of an old warehouse into a home and office. This new home is located adjacent to Linden Park at 999 43rd street in Oakland, CA in a rapidly developing new neighborhood. Privacy was a major concern of the owners, though they also did not want a home that was too isolated from the community.
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Couple Downsizes in a Shipping Container Home

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Luke Iseman and Heather Stewart, a couple from San Francisco grew tired of paying high rents, so they decided to build a home out of a shipping container. They also wanted a home that could be transported to virtually anywhere, which is another reason they opted for a cargo container over other building options.
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Billboard Homeless Shelters Might Soon be a Reality

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In early 2014 the company DesignDevelop proposed Project Gregory, which involved building shelters around billboards. This would allow the shelters to rent out advertising space and use the money to finance their running costs. The company now says they could build the first such shelter by early 2015.
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Lovely Tiny Home in the Middle of the Forest

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Carpenter Dave Herrle, based in Westbrook, Connecticut recently built this tiny, beautiful house deep in the woods. Him and his wife already live in it, seeing as both are environmentally conscious and wish to live as sustainably as possible. The cottage is also very romantic, from its old world interior details to its gorgeous natural surroundings.
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Zero Emission Building Capable of Producing Almost Three Times the Energy it Uses

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The recently completed Zero Emission Buildings (ZEB) Pilot House, designed by the architecture firm Snøhetta in partnership with Norway’s Research Center on Zero Emission Buildings, is a family home that is capable of producing nearly three times as much energy as is required to power it. The additional energy can be fed back into the grid, or used to charge an electric car.
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