• EMHE Zdroj Container House - exterior

Extreme Home Built with Old Containers

The Zdroj family lost their home in the Bastrop fire, but a new one seemingly from the ashes took its place. You may have noticed it on a special episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition recently. It was built by EFC Custom Homes and designed by Danze & Davis Architects, and in fact showcased some shipping container construction with help from Numen Development, the firm behind the Cordell Residence. There’s also recycled-content Cuerda Seca by Fireclay Tile on the entry exterior and other products from green home-improvement store TreeHouse.

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By |December 5th, 2012|Categories: Container Design|Tags: |1 Comment
  • Ideabox Minibox Tiny House on Wheels

Minibox is a Prefab Tiny House by Ideabox

Oregon-based Ideabox, the company behind Aktiv with IKEA Portland, recently shared news of an expanded endeavor called Minibox.  Minibox is actually a series of “minihomes” built to RV and park model codes.  The tiny-house series has designs ranging from a 200 square-foot studio to a 320 square-foot one-bedroom/one-bath cottage.  And you can bet Ideabox will continue to plug all the green stuff inside.  Pricing for the non-wheel version starts at $42,500.

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By |December 4th, 2012|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab|Tags: , , , |4 Comments
  • Agepan THD Wood Fiber Sheathing - T&G

Wood Fiber Insulation Arrives in the USA

Looks like wood-fiber insulation board is coming to the USA, according to a Greenbuild update on Green Building Advisor.  Agepan THD is the name of the product and it’s used as exterior sheathing for walls and roofs.  Agepan boards connect in tongue and groove fashion and insulate to R-5.74 per panel (2″ x 74.5″ x 23-5/8″).  The material has a high permeability (18 U.S. perms) and can be used in a wall assembly to dry to the exterior.  It’s offered through Washington-based The Small Planet Workshop Store.

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By |December 3rd, 2012|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Materials|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
  • JG-week-in-review

Container Perfection, Wood Materials, Solar Steam Efficiency, + Urban Infill Examples

Super efficient solar steam.
Environmental fallout of greener buildings.
Containers: secret plans for perfect apartments for a disaster.
Wood is the most technologically advanced building material.
DOE continues to test Philips’ L-Prize LED retrofit bulb.
Installing a photovoltaic system.
Examples of […]

By |December 1st, 2012|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments
  • November Month in Review [Outine]

November Month in Review [Outline]

Happy holidays!  Below is our coverage from November.  From newly published posts in November, I noticed these were the most popular — Six Oaks Container House, Boulder Container House, and Energy-Efficient Windows. Here’s the outline:

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By |November 30th, 2012|Categories: Month in Review|0 Comments
  • Atlas CMU Blocks with Carbon Cure

Strong Greener Concrete with CarbonCure

Concrete is everywhere in construction, so I like to note what’s happening to make concrete “greener.”  CarbonCure Technologies, Inc. licenses technology in North America to make, for example, carbon-absorbed concrete blocks and other precast products.  Basically, CO2 is injected during curing — making limestone — with the end result being a stronger, greener masonry and other precast products.

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By |November 30th, 2012|Categories: Conservation, Technology|0 Comments
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