Interest in urban chickens is growing and — it would seem — the same holds true for urban beekeeping. An outfit out of West Bend, Wisconsin, Beepods.com, is selling personal use beehives for $450, including everything but bees and the know how. The kit comes IKEA-style ready for assembly with a screwdriver and Allen wrench. A single, top-bar Beepod will create about 40 pounds of high-quality honey, as well as propolis, pollen, and wax, if you harvest it.
Following on the success of a prototype prefab in Yucca Valley, Blue Sky Homes plans to break ground this month on another prefab in the same area. Like the prototype, the home will be built with a light-gauge steel framing system and STEPs (steel thermally efficient panels), which are pre-cut and attach to the exterior during assembly.
After launching the redesign, traffic shot through the roof — January was a great month. Our most popular article on Facebook last month was this one on a net zero energy tiny house, while the most shared article on Twitter was this one on six green building trends. For more green coverage, stay current with the weekly email newsletter delivered every weekend. Below you’ll find a gathering of links from January.
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Princeton Architectural Press was nice enough to send us a copy of a newly published book on skinny houses called Narrow Houses: New Directions in Efficient Design. Authored by Avi Friedman, Narrow Houses includes 28 case studies — all measuring less than 25 feet in width — with site plans, floor plans, and tons of photos.
Projects featured in this book vary with a healthy dose of detached, semi-detached, and attached examples. If you have a thin site, perhaps a copy would provide value in the form of getting ideas to maximize your lot.
Chris Hansen and Dateline NBC just aired a hidden-camera report on fraud in the world of air duct cleaning. The fraudsters who perpetrate these scams dupe owners — some of them vulnerable or aged — out of clean ducts and into a bill that’s ten-fold higher than advertised.
Solar Decathlon now homeless.
Walk Score previews more walkable score.
100% of worldwide energy could be clean by 2030.
Appraisers going green in valuing solar, green elements.
Million-dollar green home repossessed by lender.
Homes that are both affordable and green.