Net Zero Prefab Home Built in California

Mark Jacobson, a professor at Stanford University, California recently commissioned the Canadian firm Bone Structure to build him a prefab net-zero home. And the result is shaping up to be quite astounding. He chose the company because of their proven ability to minimize construction waste, dust and disruption to neighbors, as well as the flexibility and versatility of its steel frame construction method. […]

Spend Your Vacation in a Tiny House Village

Ever wish you could rent out a tiny home so you could see how living in one actually feels like? Well now you can. The Tumbleweed Tiny House Company are currently building a new tiny house vacation village near Portland, Oregon, and the houses there will soon be available to rent.The village will consist of five homes and it will be located inside the Mt. Hood RV Park. This means that guests will also be able to use the park’s amenities, namely the swimming pool and spa, game room, as well as the hiking and biking trails. […]

Thinnest and Lightest Solar Cell Produced

Researchers at MIT have successfully manufactured the world’s thinnest and lightest solar cell. This cell is so tiny that it could be placed on a soap bubble without popping it. That’s quite a feat and it also means that such cells could be attached to virtually any surface where they could then generate clean, renewable energy. […]

The First Freeform 3D Printed House in the World Coming Soon

The architecture studio Wimberly, Allison, Tong & Goo (WATG) has drawn up the plans for what they believe will be the world’s first freeform 3D-printed house. The home is called Curve Appeal and it recently won Branch Technology’s Freeform Home Design Challenge. As a result, it will be printed soon. It will also boast of many sustainable features. […]

Tiny House That Doesn’t Look it

Scandinavian design is well known for its simple aesthetics and minimalism, and this cabin located in the Jutland area of Denmark is a prime example of that. It is small, with a footprint of just 258 square feet (24 sq m) yet it looks and feels very cozy. Personally, I think it could easily be a full time tiny home, and not just a vacation house. […]

A Thermophotovoltaic Cell That Can Generate Electricity Even in the Dark

Claiming that a solar cell can produce energy even in the dark sounds a little like the beginning of a joke, but I assure you it is not so. A team of scientists from the Australian National University (ANU) and the University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley) have successfully made a prototype of a device, which can become a part of super-efficient thermophotovoltaic cells. Such a cell could generate electricity even if it is not placed in direct sunlight. This cell would absorb infrared radiation and convert it into an electric current, and this can happen even in the dark. […]

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