Greenhouse-Like Concept Used to Reduce Heating Costs of a Home

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This recently completed off-the-grid home in Sapporo, Japan uses a greenhouse-like enclosure to keep the heating costs down. It’s not really a novel idea, but the way it is incorporated into this modern home is pretty brilliant. (more…)

By |January 6th, 2016|Green Building|1 Comment

Low-income S House Closer to Mass Production

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A few months ago the firm Vo Trong Nghia Architects of Vietnam unveiled the prototype of the so-called S House, which was aimed at providing a decent and affordable home for low-income families. The home is now about to go into mass production, and each unit will cost less than $1000 to build.

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By |November 19th, 2015|Green Building|0 Comments

Off-The-Grid Trailer Tiny Home

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Few tiny mobile homes are as sustainable as the ones made by the Austrian firm Wohnwagon. It specializes in constructing trailer homes, which can function completely off-the-grid. They make great vacation homes, offices, guest houses, or even full-time residences.

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By |November 17th, 2015|Green Building|0 Comments

Home Atop a Fire Tower

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We’ve seen quite a few ingenious tiny houses, but this Fire Tower home is certainly one of the coolest. About two years ago, Dabney Tompkins and Alan Colley decided to quit their jobs and make a fire lookout station into their full time home. Their home really is a “treehouse without a tree” as they like to call it.

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By |November 13th, 2015|Green Building|0 Comments

Self-Sustaining Vertical Garden

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Vertical gardens are great for façades, insulation and to add a bit of greenery to a home or office. But the problem with them is that they require a lot of maintenance and power to flourish. Well, that could be a thing of the past. The firm Treebox, which specializes in urban greening, has created a vertical garden, which is entirely self-sustaining. (more…)

By |October 19th, 2015|Green Building|0 Comments

Rammed Earth Workers’ Quarters

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No, I’m not talking about the simple, bare bones homes of workers in ages past. The Australian firm Luigi Rosselli Architects have adopted this sustainable and energy efficient building material and practice to construct a residence for seasonal workers at a cattle ranch.

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By |September 21st, 2015|Green Building|0 Comments