Vintage Trailer Becomes Cool Family Home


Jordan Menzel of Salt Lake City, Utah recently converted a vintage 1976 Airstream Trailer into a cozy, quirky tiny home. He’d come across the trailer by chance and even though he’d never lived in a tiny home before (or a trailer, for that matter), he decided to buy it. It cost him $4000, and it is now a full-time home for him and his young daughter.

The trailer is a 29-foot-long Ambassador class Airstream, and he spent about three months turning it into a home. He started the renovation by first removing all the shag-carpet lining the interior. This was followed by removing the cabinetry, and completely redoing it using reclaimed pallet wood. He also used the latter to build a new closet. He set out to create a very open interior, which now feels cozy and spacious, rather than cramped and cluttered as Airstream interiors tend to be. (more…)

By |October 26th, 2016|Green Building|0 Comments

Off-The-Grid Bunker-Like Vacation Home


Since vacation homes are empty for most of the year, keeping them securely locked up is one of the main considerations. This was especially true for Casa Caldera, which is located only 15 miles (24 km) north of the US-Mexico border. Keeping this vacation home secure while unoccupied was one of the main concerns when designing it, and the architecture firm Dust of Tucson, Arizona did a great job on it, making it both secure and highly sustainable at the same time. In addition, only a single truck-full of waste was produced during construction. (more…)

By |October 25th, 2016|Green Building|0 Comments

Sustainable Urban Farm


The food production methods currently in place are not very sustainable at all. However, we all need to eat fresh fruits and veggies, and effective alternatives, especially when it comes to urban food production, are few and far between. Sure you can grow a few things on your balcony, windowsill, or in a small aquaponics farm, and some skyscrapers even have rooftop urban farms now, but that hardly even begins to cover the demand. But the Danish group Space10 and architects Mads-Ulrik Husum & Sine Lindholm have come up with a clever solution to this conundrum. They propose the construction of food-producing pods in urban areas, which they are calling Growroom. They have already built the prototype of one, which they showcased at the CHART ART FAIR in Copenhagen. (more…)

By |October 24th, 2016|Green Building|0 Comments

One World Trade Center Awarded LEED Gold


One World Trade Center, built by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, has recently been awarded the LEED Gold certification due to its sustainable design. Given its height, and its completely glazed façade, that’s quite impressive.

One World Trade Center was completed in 2016, and measures exactly 1,776 ft (541 m) in height. This number is symbolic and represents the year 1776, which is when the US declared its independence. It was built on the spot where the North Tower once stood. As already mentioned, the façade is glazed and features a glass curtain wall, which surrounds the building from the 20th floor all the way up to the observation deck. The glass is coated so that glare, ultra-violet and infrared light is reduced, while it allows natural light through, so that it reaches over 90 percent of the total office area in the building. This greatly offsets the need for artificial lighting. (more…)

By |October 11th, 2016|Green Building|0 Comments

Couple Build a Tiny Home Together


It’s great when two people whose outlook on life come together, and such is certainly the case with Carissa and Noel, a Californian couple who recently finished constructing their tiny home. Carissa is an interior designer and Noel comes from a construction background so they were perfectly matched in this area too. (more…)

By |October 10th, 2016|Green Building|0 Comments

Nike Unveils a Sustainable Warehouse


At the end of May, Nike opened its new warehouse, which will be used to serve all of Europe from a single location. This warehouse is incredibly sustainable, which is always welcome when it comes to large companies. The Nike European Logistics Campus as the place is called spans an area of 1.6 million sq ft (150,000 sq m) and is located 31 miles (50 km) outside of Antwerp, Belgium. (more…)

By |October 6th, 2016|Green Building|0 Comments