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Innovative New Passive House Prefab


Sonya Newenhouse, the founder of the green consulting company, Madison Environmental, is putting theory into practice through building the so-called NewenHouse, which is a prefab sustainable, passive house. The home is also Passivhaus certified. According to her, the house is superinsulated, furnace-free and functions well even in cold climates.
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5 Awesome Off-The-Grid Shipping Container Homes

Shipping container architecture is a great way to build a sustainable home, but many architects and homeowners are also going a step further, and using these building blocks to build truly off-the-grid homes. The main advantages of such homes are the ability to place them virtually anywhere, minimizing the footprint and lowering the monthly costs to virtually zero. Below are 5 examples of shipping container homes, which feature a variety of great technologies and methods to make them self-sustaining.

1. Wisconsin Off-The-Grid Home

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Michigan Soon To Get Its First Shipping Container Home


A shipping container home is going up in Royal Oak, Michigan. According to the builder, ModEco Development, this is likely the first home made of recycled shipping containers in Michigan. Passersby are showing great interest in the home, some even taking pictures, and so far the community support for the project seems to be a given.
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Brooklyn Townhouse is Getting a Green Makeover


Gennaro Brooks-Church, the director of the green building firm Eco Brooklyn, is slowly turning his townhouse in a green and sustainable home. The renovations began back in 2008 and they are still ongoing. Just to remind, Brooks-Church is the man behind the recently completed Bright ’N Green complex in Brighton Beach, NY.

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Boston to Get an Energy Positive Building


It’s always nice to see sustainable building projects get underway, especially when they’re being built in cities, which must become more energy efficient soon, or else. To this end, the firm Behnisch Architekten has recently unveiled their plans to expand Boston’s EpiCenter into the largest energy-positive commercial building in New England, and maybe even on the entire East Coast. Once finished the building will house the Artists for Humanity charity organization.
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Paris Apartment Successfully Pushes the Limits of Living Tiny


The recent renovation of a maid’s quarters into a fully-equipped tiny apartment in Paris, France is downright ingenious. The architects of Kitoko Studio were able to equip a tiny 86 square foot (8 square meter) room into a full apartment that doesn’t even feel cramped.
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