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Electrical Leaks, Greenest Buildings, Going Mainstream, + Using More SIPs

The $300 house. Green building goes mainstream. Why don't more builders use SIPs. Family apartments could help smart growth. Objectively looking for the greenest buildings. Devices that help plug electrical leaks. Creating […]

By |September 4th, 2010|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments
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Lakeside Container Retreat in Sri Lanka

This lakeside retreat was put together with used shipping containers and timber from weapon boxes in the Maduru Oya area of Sri Lanka, according to Dezeen.  Located on an army training camp, this simple container solution was designed by Damith Premathilake and built by soldiers with materials found in the area.  It's now become "the ideal destination for the traveler seeking a relaxing and rustic vacation."  What do you think about it?

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By |September 3rd, 2010|Categories: Container Design|Tags: |6 Comments
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Custom Modular Green Home in St. Paul

Hive Modular, a prefab company out of Minneapolis, recently completed this custom modular home on a sloping corner lot in St. Paul.  Sandwiched between mid-century modern neighbors, the 1,864 square foot prefab features contemporary oak finishes and landscaping from none other than Rosenlof/Lucas.  Check it out below from a few different perspectives. 

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By |September 3rd, 2010|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab, Single Family|Tags: , |2 Comments
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Modern Eco Dwelling Unit in Beacon Hill

Seattle allows backyard cottages — legally referred to as detached accessory dwelling units (DADU) — in certain single-family situations.  These structures aren't without controversy but can helpful when taking on a renter or housing extra family.  BjarkoSerra Architects designed this DADU for a family in Beacon Hill, and it will be built in the next year or so to a Built Green 5-Star rating. 

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By |September 2nd, 2010|Categories: Modern architecture, Single Family|3 Comments
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On the Urban Water Crisis

Leave a comment below through the end of Friday, September 3, 2010, to be considered for this random book giveaway.*

Jerry Yudelson is a green building leader, but he’s also a professional engineer with a master’s degree in water resource development.  Relying on this background, Yudelson authored a new book called Dry Run: Preventing the Next Urban Water Crisis.  The truth is, as he explains, the global human population is expected to quadruple from 1950 to 2050, placing more and more stress on water resources.  Swift action is necessary to prevent a water crisis, and Dry Run provides a timely set of solutions.

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By |September 2nd, 2010|Categories: book, Giveaways|18 Comments
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Eco Shore Homes for Long Beach Island

Recently I had the opportunity to talk with Kevin Romano of SquallCo Development about his new website and modern green homes offered on Long Beach Island. The development company has two home plans, the smaller called Akamai and the other called Ohana, which have been designed in a joint venture with Steve Midouhas. With these, SquallCo hopes to make warm, modern, sustainable homes more approachable to folks in the area.

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By |September 1st, 2010|Categories: Modern architecture|Tags: |4 Comments
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