Are self-sustaining eco-communities the future?

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There is no longer any doubt left that finding more sustainable ways to live are crucial to ensure the continued survival of our planet. And that is exactly what the ReGen Village project aims to achieve. It will consist of several eco-villages, which will be built to be completely self-sustaining from the ground up. The first of these villages will be developed in Almere, Holland.
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By |May 11th, 2017|Green Building|0 Comments

Sustainable Solar-Powered Communities Built on Parking Lots

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The British architecture firm ZED Factory came up with a clever concept for a solar-powered home, which would be installed over existing parking lots to build sustainable communities and help combat the urban housing shortage. The idea behind it is to utilize the space taken up by parking lots, which is often quite large.
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By |May 9th, 2017|Green Building|0 Comments

Family Experiments with Sustainable Living

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Helly Scholten of Holland has been living in an experimental sustainable house with her family since June 2015. The home was created by a team of students and researchers at the Rotterdam University and looks a lot like an oversized greenhouse. The Scholten family will live in it for 3 years in order to experience and explore sustainable ways to live.
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By |May 6th, 2017|Green Building|0 Comments

Home Renovation Completed With the Help of Salvaged Materials

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Awhile back, architect Rolf Bruggink from Utrecht, Holland purchased a property on which stood an old, 1950s office building, and a coach house built in 1895. He planned to renovated the latter into a home, so he first demolished the office building. He salvaged a lot of materials from this demolition though, and reused them in the home renovation.
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By |May 5th, 2017|Green Building|0 Comments

Rent an Earthship

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Ever wonder what living in an Earthship home would be like? Well now you can rent one and find out. Terrasol is a mini-earthship, which was built as part of the eco-community called Terra Perma, and they are now renting it out. The community is located in Harrington, which is about two hours away from Montréal. As you probably already know, the Earthship home was first designed and built by US architect Michael Reynolds and it’s an easy to build home made out of rammed earth, recycled tires, and glass. The home utilizes passive solar heating to create a comfortable living environment. It also doesn’t require any special skills or equipment to built and is very sustainable. (more…)

By |May 2nd, 2017|Green Building|0 Comments

Barn-Inspired Tiny Home

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Say what you will, but tiny houses are fun! And the Colorado-based Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses firm makes some of the most unique ones in the world. They completed this barn-like tiny home for a client who recently retired and wanted a cozy, functional and affordable home. It’s called the Bitterroot Valley tiny house and was built using recycled and reclaimed materials. It’s also equipped with several sustainable features and technologies, and can function completely off-the-grid.

This tiny home was named after the unique barns found in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley. It was built out of SIPs and rests atop a 20 ft (6 m)-long trailer, so it can be hauled around. The home was clad using leftover materials from the firm’s other projects, such as rough-cut lap cedar, rusty reclaimed corrugated metal, and cedar shakes. (more…)

By |March 31st, 2017|Green Building|0 Comments