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Old Containers Get a Scenic New Life

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This scenic observatory, referred to as OceanScope or ContainerScope, presents a beautiful reuse of old shipping containers in Songdo New City, Incheon, South Korea.  First noticed at and according to Dezeen, OceanScope was designed by Minsoo Lee and Keehyun Ahn of AnL Studio from three, old, cheap shipping containers.

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Fab-Homes Intros Passive House Prefabs

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Yesterday, a new green home design studio called Fab-Homes launched a collection of pre-designed Passive Houses for the North American market.  The Vancouver-based company designed the homes to consume up to 90% less energy for heating, cooling, and operations.  The actual Passive House standard will be the goal, although these homes won’t necessarily be required to satisfy the standard’s rigorous efficiency requirements.

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10 Things to Consider Before Using Shipping Containers For Your Project

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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

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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

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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

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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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