Students Turn Storehouse into a Tiny Home

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Amy Andrews and Ethan Van Kooten, students at Central College in Iowa, converted an old storehouse into a cozy tiny home. The conversion was actually their senior project, and it cost only $489. This low cost was also made possible by the fact that they used recycled furniture and other repurposed materials wherever they could.

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By |March 6th, 2015|Green Building|0 Comments

Passively Cooled House Makes Outdoor Living Enjoyable

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I am a huge fan of homes that make it easy and appealing to spend some of the day, or night, outdoors. The recently completed MMMMMS House does a great job of this, sporting a skeletal structure that invites relaxing or working outdoors. The home is also passively cooled and features a number of other sustainable features.

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By |March 5th, 2015|Green Building|0 Comments

Bricks to Aid Passive Cooling

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Integrating passive cooling into sustainable housing has been a must for most designers for a while now. And with the creation of the so-called Cool Bricks by the design firm Emerging Objects this feat just got a little simpler. Cool Bricks are 3D printed bricks that can be filled with water to bring the temperature in homes.

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By |February 28th, 2015|Green Building|3 Comments

Eco-House is Sustainable Building at its Best

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The UK-based architectural firm Hewitt Studios designed based Limpley Stoke Eco-House, which is a luxury home packed top to bottom with sustainable technologies. It can certainly serve as an example of what is possible and proves that living green does not need to mean sacrificing any of the comforts we’ve grown used to.

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By |February 24th, 2015|Green Building|0 Comments

Couple Transforms School Bus Into a Full Time Home

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There’s nothing quite like being able to just move house on a whim, but traditional RVs can get quite expensive. This might have been one of the reasons why couple Julien and Pico decided to convert a yellow school bus into a comfy and quite spacious mobile home. Their bus home is currently located a bio-dynamic farm with cows, chickens, horses and plenty of forest along a river, but they hope to one day buy their own plot of land on which to park it.

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By |January 30th, 2015|Green Building|1 Comment

Eco-Tourism Meets Sustainable Architecture

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Earlier this year a team of students from the University of Technology in Trondheim designed a very sustainable hut as part of a design- and building workshop. They were assisted by Rintala Eggertsson Architects and several others. The international seminar that the workshop was part of was focused on the future of eco-tourism in the Western Ghats region in India. And the main purpose of it was to find sustainable solutions, which would benefit both the local population as well as help preserve the environment in the region.

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By |January 19th, 2015|Green Building|1 Comment