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10 Things to Consider Before Using Shipping Containers For Your Project


Modern day pioneer John Wells is doing some interesting work in Alpine, Texas.  On his desert swath in The Field Lab, which is also referred to as The Southwest Texas Alternative Energy and Sustainable Living Field Laboratory, Wells is living off the grid and building an interesting live/work space of shipping containers.

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BRIO54 Starts Efficient Home Prototype


BRIO54, a design-driven development firm, recently began construction on a prototype of their H4 design in Milford, Connecticut.  The firm took the H4 through extensive planning and fine tuning in order to construct something with style and a light environmental footprint.  The 2,264 square-foot, three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom home should be quite energy efficient.

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Efficient Simple Modern Home for $150k


Since we last mentioned his efficient home built for under $70,000, Caleb Schafer's been quite busy.  He has a new website for Simple Modern Homes with a number of new home designs.  He's also doing new work with new clients, and one home in particular looks interesting.  Referred to as CL24, the design is for a 2,000 square-foot green home in Canyon Lake, Texas. 

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Eco Cabin for Camp Emerald Bay Scouts


Richard Hammond and Gensler's Santa Monica office contributed to a unique container project for a Boy Scouts' campground in Emerald Bay (on Catalina Island off the coast of southern California).  According to Metropolis, the low-impact cabin was made with old shipping containers, reclaimed lumber, durable rubber flooring, LED lighting, and solar photovoltaics.  The roof — which is, perhaps, more eye-catching than the transformed containers — was made with a stretched silicone-coated fiberglass material. 

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Modern Solar LED Address Numbers


Most address numbers probably don't have back lights, but I suppose if you're going to light them, you might as well do it with solar power and LEDs.  That's how it's done with these Solar LED Address Numbers from Think Geek.  The numbers turn on automatically and can last up to 10 hours on a full charge.  Each number runs about $16.  My place is in dire need of a number swap, so I guess these are now at the top of the list.  What do you think?

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A Uniquely Intelligent Prefab Homb


Almost two years ago, we mentioned the first prefab cabin built by Method Homes near Mt. Baker, Washington.  Now, after considerable time and research, the same company has teamed up with Skylab Architecture to create an additional and innovative line of prefab homes called Homb.  The name of the endeavor signals an interesting aspect of these new green prefab homes.

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