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Plans for the Floating House Freely Available

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With all the flooding disasters in recent years, it might not be a bad idea to consider building a flood-proof home, especially if your new home is to be located in an area prone to flooding. Anyone interested in doing so will be happy to learn that the UK architecture firm Carl Turner Architects plans to release the blueprints for their Floating House, which they built a few months ago. They will make the plans available through the Paperhouses website, which offers many open source architecture plans.

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Modern Shipping Container Home Built in Costa Rica

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Eight recycled shipping containers were used to construct the so-called Casa Incubo in Costa Rica. This modern home is sustainable from the ground up, right down to being build around an existing cedar tree growing on the building site, which the builders were loathe to cut down. The home was designed by architect Maria José Trejos.

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MiniHouse Grows Up into a Real Home

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Mini House was developed as a collaboration between architect and designer Jonas Wagell and the Swedish house producer Sommarnöjen, and could be used as a cabin or guest house. Due to its success, the company has now developed Mini House 2.0, which could conceivably become a true family home. And the best thing about it is the speed with which in can be built.

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California School Made of Shipping Containers

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The Waldorf School of Orange County, located in Costa Mesa, CA recently added 10,000 square feet of classroom space, which they achieved by using recycled shipping containers as the main building materials. It is very nice to see these sustainable building blocks used on larger scale projects where cost and speed is not the main reason for their use.

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Smart Shelter is Smart Indeed

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The sustainable homebuilder NOEM from Spain has just unveiled a prefabricated home named El Refugio Inteligente, which translates to The Smart Shelter. The home is solar-powered and built with energy efficiency and sustainability in mind, while most of its features can be monitored and controlled via a smartphone.

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Pre-Fab Home for the Young and Single

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The construction firm Heijmans of Holland has just unveiled a prototype for a prefabricated home, which they plan to erect in city areas and rent out to single young people looking for their first home. This first version of the home is called Heijmans ONE and should be launched soon.

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