Small, Modern, Efficient: Ogden House

Reader Viktor Stakhov was nice enough to share renderings of Ogden House, a contemporary home he designed for Missouri-based EuroDome.  The 1,778 square-foot house is meant for young professionals — the lower level has an open kitchen and living space while the upper level has a master suite and office space.  And that’s it.

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By |February 2nd, 2011|Categories: Modern architecture|Tags: , |22 Comments

The Rise of the Passive House [The Tyee]

Passive House is an increasingly popular low-energy standard.  Passive Houses must be airtight (0.60 ACH at 50 Pascals) and low energy (4.75 kBTU/ft2/year max heating and cooling demand and 38 kBTU/ft2/year maximum primary demand) — requirements that slash energy demand by about 90%.  Due to increasing popularity of Passive House, media mentions like this mini-series in The Tyee — are becoming more common.

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By |February 2nd, 2011|Categories: News, Passive House|6 Comments

Simple Urban Beekeeping for Under $500

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.

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By |February 1st, 2011|Categories: Conservation, Nature|3 Comments
  • Blue Sky Homes in Yucca Valley

Blue Sky Homes to Build New Eco Home

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.

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By |February 1st, 2011|Categories: Prefab|Tags: , , |5 Comments

January Green Month in Review

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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By |January 31st, 2011|Categories: Month in Review|1 Comment

Narrow Houses by Avi Friedman

Leave a comment below through the end of Wednesday, February 2, 2011, to be considered for this random book giveaway.*

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.

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By |January 31st, 2011|Categories: book, Giveaways|65 Comments
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