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First NYC Shipping Container Home Receives Final Certificate of Occupancy

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After more than two years in construction and red tape, the shipping container home that David Boyle and his wife, Michele Bertomen, who is an architecture professor at New York Institute of Technology, have been building received its final certificate of occupancy from the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) on February 28, 2013.

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Tvzeb Studio Home is Zero-Energy, Insulates Itself Using 40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles

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Located in the wooded hills of Vicenza, Italy, this zero-energy studio uses all sorts of creative design strategies to produce its own energy and insulation. Geothermal power, solar power, and a Corten steel shell are some of most prominent factors in energy generation, but it’s the 40,000 recycled plastic bottles making up the wall and roof insulation that really make this Tvzeb studio stand out.

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Modular Homes Offer Additional Use of Land Near Downtown Colorado Springs

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A Boulder, Colorado-based land developer has found an unusual way to offer a solution to a growing land-use problem in downtown Colorado Springs.

Newton owns about a half acre of property, where he has installed five factory-built modular homes near Kiowa and El Paso streets. There is a sixth home expected to be delivered soon as well.

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