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Modern Coop with Reclaimed Cedar

Whether its urban farming or backyard chickens, there’s a movement afloat to raise and grow food locally and organically.  If you’re interested in running a chicken coop — and speaking from personal experience, it’s not easy — you might have a look at the Modern Coop by John Wright.  His stylish, sporty coop is made with reclaimed cedar, and it’s mobile, so you can move it around every couple weeks.  The standard roof is a translucent fiberglass or durable metal, but you can opt for the green roof version, too.


By |April 29th, 2010|Categories: Modern design, Vegetation|Tags: |0 Comments
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Sam's Club Installs 17 Micro Turbines

Today, in Palmdale, California, Walmart (NYSE:WMT) flipped the switch on 17 small wind turbines in the parking lot of bulk retailer, Sam’s Club.  Based upon estimates, Walmart and Sam’s Club believe the turbines will generate about 76,000 kWh of energy annually, which is enough to power more than six average homes over the same period of time. 


By |April 29th, 2010|Categories: Retail, Wind|Tags: , |2 Comments
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Reclaimed Space Prefab Sent to Marfa

Last time we mentioned Reclaimed Space, the company had just finished selling a small home on eBay for about $75,100 (after a bidding war involving several celebrities).  But business is good for the Austin-based company that builds homes out of materials reclaimed from deconstructed homes and old projects.  This home was recently delivered to its owners and will be used as a custom sewing space in Marfa, Texas.


By |April 28th, 2010|Categories: Prefab, Single Family|Tags: , |2 Comments
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Seeking Existing Home Energy Efficiency

Older homes frequently aren't very energy efficient because power used to be extremely cheap and building codes varied widely. In mild climates, that tended to happen even more. Our home in Oakland was built in 1948 and was far from energy efficient when we bought it: single-pane windows and doors, some of which didn't close well; original floor furnace; no insulation in the ceiling or walls; drafty fireplace.


By |April 28th, 2010|Categories: Energy Efficiency|Tags: , |3 Comments
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Upcycled Container House in Malaysia

I thought it would be fun to take a look at this container home designed by Ken Kwok for the distant locale of Malaysia.  Using six shipping containers, Anand Bungalows developed the 2,551 square foot project, which includes rainwater harvesting, natural ventilation, water-efficient fixtures, dual-flush toilets, and abundant natural lighting to minimize energy consumption.  Check out the rest of these images Kwok was kind enough to share with us. 


By |April 27th, 2010|Categories: Container Design, Single Family|23 Comments
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Wisconsin Passive House in the Woods

It’s interesting to see Passive Houses — like the Breezeway House in Millcreek, Utah — gain more and more recognition in both the mainstream media and design and construction circles.  Another project worth keeping an eye on, Passive House in the Woods, is quietly moving forward with carbon neutral ambitions and a goal to be the first Passive House in the state of Wisconsin.


By |April 27th, 2010|Categories: Modern architecture, Passive House|Tags: , |6 Comments

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