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Boxy Green Prefab Concept: ECObitat

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I thought the ECObitat concept from Felipe Campolina was worth a look.  ECObitat, a modular system capable of being applied to emergency or relief housing, features drop-down telescopic legs and a steel skeleton covered in OSB, thermoacoustic insulation, and greenery.  Water and solar power is collected on the roof, while an Energy Ball captures on-site green energy.  The set up is spartan but interesting nonetheless.

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Modern Off-Grid Signal Shed in Oregon

Sunset has the story on this off-grid, low-impact, affordable shelter built in the wilderness near Joseph, Oregon.  The modern structure of 130 square feet, not counting the deck, was designed by Ryan Lingard and built in a couple weeks for roughly $10,000.  Signal Shed has a wood stove, metal roof, cedar rainscreen, reused windows, portable toilet, and operable shutters.

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Stylish Eco Home Office from West Elm

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Earlier this week, West Elm introduced the Pratt Home Office collection of eco-friendly and affordable furniture.  Created in collaboration with The Pratt Institute, the five-piece set includes items made with FSC certified wood, non-toxic glues, water-based stains, and powder-coated steel that can be recycled.  There's also a clever LED task lamp in the mix and, although some pieces are on sale now, prices range from $99 to $299. 

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Innovative Passive House in Lafayette

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This is the first certified Passive House in the “South,” and it’s located in Lafayette, Louisiana. What’s interesting about the home – other than that it illustrates the use of the Passive House standard in a hot and humid climate – is the fact that the low-energy home, with the help of rooftop solar laminates, is a net zero energy prototype for the future.

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Modern Eco-Shed on Bowen Island

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I imagine you've seen some of the 10 "insanely" green sheds in a recent publication of Popular Mechanics.  I read the article and was captured by the Eco-Shed, a structure that cost owner and author James Glave about $100,000 to build.  With the help of Dan Parke of Salal Architecture, Glave put together an incredible low-impact writing studio. Check it out. 

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The Moderne Container Sales Center

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Recently I noticed this container structure, The Moderne Showroom, which is a sales center for a mixed-use tower planned for Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  It's not the first container sales center we've seen — recall the MirabeauB sales center — but it's interesting, temporary, and functional.  The structure was designed by Rinka Chung Architecture and provides another example of shipping container reuse in an architectural context. 

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