Unique Energy Positive Home


Architect Paul Lukez has come up with a concept for a compact home, which would be super insulated and energy positive. While still in the concept stage, it does look quite promising. The design of the home was inspired by New England’s barns and New York’s lofts and that is quite a mixture. Read more »

Tiny House That’s Actually a Mobile Classroom and Community Center


There have been a lot of tiny houses popping up lately, but this one is not actually a home. Zee Kesler of Vancouver, BC built her tiny house as a tiny community center, classroom, or artists residency. It is fully mobile, so it can be moved around on a whim.

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Home Built out of Repurposed Concrete Blocks


As you’re probably well aware, concrete has a huge carbon footprint and what’s worse, a lot of it gets discarded each year. Given these facts, it’s nice to come across the new project by Australian firm Archier, which recently built a family home using recycled concrete blocks.

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Low Loss Sunlight to Energy Conversion


Currently available solar panel arrays still have the drawback of loosing lots of heat in the sunlight to energy conversion process, because of the thermodynamic inefficiencies of the process of converting the incoming energy to power. This could soon be a thing of the past though, since a team of scientists at the University of Bayreuth have created a super-efficient light-energy transport conduit. Read more »

Shipping Container Used to Build a Skyscraper


The international firm Ganti and Associates Design has proposed a skyscraper to be built out of repurposed shipping containers. This skyscraper would be erected in the Dharavi slum in Mumbai, India. While building large structure such as this out of used shipping containers is certainly very sustainable, there is always the question of how to make them structurally sound and how to prevent excessive heat gain to consider.

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Convertible Apartment That’s Spacious and Cozy


Apartment space is at an all time premium in urban areas, so living in tiny shoebox apartments has become the norm. Often this means sacrificing comfort, so it’s always nice to see small apartment designs, which take this problem on and create cozy and comfortable living solutions. Read more »

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