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Off-The-Grid Living in a Yurt

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When it comes to off-the-grid, sustainable living we have a lot to learn from our ancestors. The yurt is a great example of ancient architecture, which still makes sense today. The Scottish company Trakke recently unveiled the so-called Jero yurt, which makes for a great little shelter, that can easily become an off-the-grid dwelling, a guesthouse or a cabin. The yurt can be assembled very quickly, and can easily be towed to anywhere in the world.
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Innovative Shipping Container Structures

Building homes and business headquarters out of recycled shipping containers is awesome, of course, but these cool building blocks lend themselves very well to a wide variety of supplemental uses as well. Below you will find three innovative shipping container architecture solutions that address non-living needs of the occupants. If living in a shipping container does not appeal to you, yet you would still like to use this green construction method, then perhaps the below examples will give you some ideas.

The Sauna Box

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Tiny Storage Space Transformed Into a Comfortable Apartment

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With the apartment shortage in urban areas, coupled with the rising prices, it’s nice to see architectural solutions that make the most of tiny spaces. One such solution is certainly the recently completed renovation of a storage space into a comfortable apartment in Stockholm, Sweden by local architect Karin Matz.
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Stacking Solar Cells Could Vastly Improve Their Efficiency

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Harvesting solar energy is a great way to generate sustainable power, but unfortunately solar cells are far from being as efficient as they might be. Currently, commercially available solar cells can convert about 25 percent of sunlight into electricity, and scientists have been trying to create better solar cells for years. One milestone they have been unsuccessfully trying to reach is 50 percent conversion efficiency of solar cells. However, the start-up company Semprius might be on the right track with the stacking technique of solar cells they recently developed.
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Innovative Furniture Solution for Small Homes

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Living in a shipping container, or another type of small space, can be very sustainable, but such a small home calls for innovative furniture solutions. Modular furniture that can do more than one job is usually the only solution, especially since it has a small footprint when stowed way. The Sofista is one such piece of furniture, and it was designed by Fabrizio Simonetti.
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A Prefab Tiny House Retreat

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Vivood, a Spanish architecture group, designed a tiny prefabricated house of the same name, which can be assembled in only about nine hours. Once assembled, it can be used as a guesthouse, retreat, or even a tiny home. When ordered, the prefabricated Vivood comes in easy to assemble modular parts, which already have all the necessary plumbing and electrics installed.
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