Unique Approach to Increasing the Sustainability of Old Buildings

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Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut has recently come up with an interesting and unique solution to turning an old, 1970’s apartment building into a very sustainable complex. His plans call for the transformation of the existing concrete structure into an energy producing building with a green façade.

Callebaut would leave the building as is, but would add 274 planter beds into its ornamental façade. These would hold about 10,000 plants carefully chosen by botanists, to create a sort of vertical garden or green façade, which would increase the building’s thermal performance and clean the air. According to Callebaut’s calculations the plants would capture 50 tons of C02 per year. The windows of the apartments would also have to be exchanged for energy saving ones to further improve the thermal performance of the building. Keeping the green façade flourishing would not be difficult at all, since there would be a drip-feed system that would require maintenance only twice a year. (more…)

By |March 13th, 2017|Green Building|0 Comments

Spacious Off-The-Grid Tiny home

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We have featured builds by Colorado-based Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses here before, mainly because their creations are always spot-on when it comes to small and sustainable homes. Their newest project, the recently completed 16 Foot Curved Roof Tiny House is no exception, and actually raises the bar when it comes to off-grid tiny homes. It’s spacious and light filled, yet still completely mobile. (more…)

By |March 9th, 2017|Green Building|0 Comments

Shed Made of Recycled Materials

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The West Wing, as this eco shed is called, was recently completed by UK shed-maker Kevin Herbert. About 90 percent of the materials used to construct it were recycled, and it took him eight years to finish it. While this sounds like a long time, the process was a real labor of love and some things shouldn’t be rushed.

The shed is located at the edge of his garden in Berkshire, England, and it is made up of three main sections. The ground floor is comprised of a lounge, workshop and storage place. There is also a loft, which can be used as a bedroom. The shed also features a secret room, hidden behind a bookcase, which can be used as a children’s playroom or bedroom. There is no kitchen or bathroom, but then again, the main function of the shed is to be a place for working or relaxing and the main house is not far away. (more…)

By |March 8th, 2017|Green Building|0 Comments

Light Filled Tiny Home Built as Rental Property

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With the rise in popularity of sites such as AirBNB, more and more people are looking for clever ways to rent out a part of their properties to make some extra cash. Sarah and Patrick Romero of Sandy, Utah, came up with a great way of doing just that. They built a cozy, tiny home, which they are currently renting out. (more…)

By |March 7th, 2017|Green Building|0 Comments

A-Frame Cottages for Eco-Friendly Glamping

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A-frame cottages have always been popular, mainly due the ease and affordability of their construction. This was the idea behind the Lushna cottage, a modern, green and affordable alternative to a tent created by the Slovenian company of the same name. These lovely wooden cottages are great for year-round camping, and enjoying the great outdoors in style. (more…)

By |February 10th, 2017|Green Building|0 Comments

Tiny Off-the-Grid Home That Follows the Sun

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Downsizing isn’t the only advantage of opting for a tiny home it seems. The Portland, Oregon-based firm Path Architecture has designed a unique tiny house, which is capable of rotating to follow the sun. Since a version of this home can be used completely off-the-grid, its ability to turn with the sun greatly increases the solar power harvesting potential.

The home is called simply 359, which is derived from the fact that it can be turned almost 360 degrees. It measures just 12 feet by 12 feet, for an area of 144 square feet. It does feature very high ceilings though, which makes up for the tiny footprint, and it is actually quite roomy inside. They are offering two versions, one which is designed to be connected to the grid and another that can be used off-the-grid. The latter is equipped with a solar power array mounted on the roof and a composting toilet. The on-grid version needs to be connected to city services for water and electricity, and features a normal flush toilet. (more…)

By |January 13th, 2017|Green Building|0 Comments