Downsize in Style

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The motto of the company Tiny Heirloom Homes of Oregon is: “downsize, don’t down grade”. To meet this goal they offer a variety of ingenious tiny homes, which range from the basic to the more sophisticated. They also offer off-the-grid options, full customization, and smart home automation in partnership with Nest Labs. One of their goals is also to become the first luxury, custom tiny home manufacturer in the US. Read more »

Urban Algae Canopy Looks Promising

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The London-based studio ecoLogicStudio has recently showcased a prototype of its so-called urban algae canopy at the “Feeding the Planet” expo in Milan. The urban algae canopy is a bio-digital structure filled with fluid that contains microalgae organisms. These are pumped around the otherwise transparent structure and are capable of producing oxygen, biomass energy and dynamic shade. They also respond to the presence of visitors and can produce very interesting visual effects.

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Covert House is Sustainable and Gorgeous

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The London-based architecture firm DSDHA recently completed the build of a very unique house. Covert House, as it is called, is a modern family home, which due to the desire to reduce its visual impact, is sunken halfway into the ground. The visible part of the home is covered with mirrors and glass to make it blend into its surroundings even better. The home also boasts a number of sustainable features and was recently shortlisted for a RIBA housing award.

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Green Design Saves Time and Environment

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The most solar-panelled, sustainable material-using, eco-friendly building can still leave an unnecessary environmental footprint. How? By forgetting to design the structure paperless. Engineers love to use paper, and an average residential structural engineer will use at least a ton of it every month.

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Innovative Solar Energy System

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An Austrian company Smartflower recently unveiled a unique and innovative solar energy system, which does away with traditional roof-top mounted solar panels. The so-called Smartflower POP system is a 3.2 kW solar power array that is ground-mounted. It gets its name from the folding panels, which close up at night and in strong wind conditions, and automatically unfold again in the morning. The units are available in 8 different colors.

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Shipping Container Restaurant Will Soon Open For Business

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The Smoky Park Supper Club, located in Asheville, North Carolina, is a recently built restaurant made of shipping containers. It was built using 19 recycled containers by the construction firm SG Blocks, and is apparently the largest shipping container building in the country.

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