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Cedar-Slat Tiny Sunset Cabin on the Lake

Sunset Cabin is a 275-square foot lake retreat that’s camouflaged with a green roof and cedar-slat facade.  Though completed in 2004, I thought it would be interesting to share some of the construction details perhaps for the benefit of others thinking about building something similar.  The cabin, located in Southern Ontario, Canada, was designed by Taylor Smyth Architects and built by Brothers Dressler with Yaan Poldaas.

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Designer Ceiling Lamp Powered By the Sun

Velux introduced the Lovegrove chandelier about a year ago, and, with a best of the best Red Dot 2010 award, the sunlight diffuser is getting more and more interest.  Designed by Ross Lovegrove, the lamp works in conjunction with Velux sun tunnels.  Lovegrove’s orb reflects natural sun light to the ceiling for room distribution and can be adjusted for intensity and angle.  The product is supposed to be available starting this month; find and contact a Velux distributor for pricing and availability.

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Eight Reasons for Passive House Growth

It’s no secret that Passivhaus, or Passive House, is exploding in popularity right now.  This site is publishing more about Passive House every week and readers seem to be more interested in these ultra-efficient homes than ever.  In fact, the volume of news references for “Passive House” and “Passivhaus” is up in recent years, according to a simple search using Google Trends.

So, what’s the secret behind the success of Passive House?

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