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Innovative New Passive House Prefab

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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

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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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Paris Apartment Successfully Pushes the Limits of Living Tiny

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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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Very Interesting Tiny Home

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This unique and very pink tiny home, called Vila Hermina is located in the town of town of Černín in the Czech Republic. It was designed by the firm HSH Architekti, which unfortunately no longer exists. The home was inspired by architect Ludwig Leo’s Versuchsanstalt fur Wasserbau und Schiffbau building.
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Artistic and Sustainable Shipping Container Home in California

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This modern and striking home/studio was built a few years ago, but deserves a second look. It was created by designer Jennifer Siegal, who was tasked with the job by a client who wanted to transform a former junkyard in downtown Los Angeles into a live-work artists community. To get the job done, Jennifer salvaged most of the building materials on-site, including the containers, which make up this cool home called Seatrain house.
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