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By |February 20th, 2010|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments

Green Home of the Future [Olympics]

This is the Home of the Future, which is on display at the BC Hydro Power Smart Village in downtown Vancouver.  It's hard to tell, but the home is actually made with two shipping containers and wrapped in cedar and pine beetle wood cladding.  In addition, according to a press release, the showcase project is designed with local and recycled materials, as well as energy-efficient appliances and other conservation technologies. 

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By |February 19th, 2010|Categories: Container Design|Tags: |4 Comments

The Prairie View Green Starter Home

Modular home manufacturers are all getting into smaller and greener homes these days.  We've mentioned the i-House from Clayton Homes and the Osprey from Nationwide Homes, but another modular company, Excel Homes, also has a small green home called the The Prairie View.  The design is inspired by the Prairie House Style with its open interior plan and horizontal exterior lines.  Designed to be completed for under $100,000, this 945 square-foot home has one bedroom, one bathroom, and abundant open space for everything else. 

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By |February 18th, 2010|Categories: Affordable, Prefab, Single Family|6 Comments

Modern Green Solar Homes Open in LA

Last year, we mentioned a community of 23 solar-powered homes, The Mews in Atwater Village, under construction in Los Angeles, California.  We now have some images of the model home and news that The Mews will have grand opening this weekend from 1-5 pm on Saturday and Sunday.  Each home comes standard with a grid-connected, 1 kW solar photovoltaic system, as well as three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms. 

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By |February 18th, 2010|Categories: Modern architecture, Single Family|Tags: |3 Comments

Old Containers Get a Scenic New Life

This scenic observatory, referred to as OceanScope or ContainerScope, presents a beautiful reuse of old shipping containers in Songdo New City, Incheon, South Korea.  First noticed at and according to Dezeen, OceanScope was designed by Minsoo Lee and Keehyun Ahn of AnL Studio from three, old, cheap shipping containers.

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By |February 17th, 2010|Categories: Container Design, Modern architecture|1 Comment

Recycled and Recyclable Surface Option

I just noticed this translucent surface material on Inhabitat yesterday, and it looks interesting.  Bio-Glass is a Coverings Etc product that the company claims is both 100% recycled and recyclable.  Like many other products on the market, this one is made with recycled bottles.  However, according to Building Green, the product is made with either pre-consumer or post-consumer recycled content, or mixture of both, depending on the color. 

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By |February 17th, 2010|Categories: Materials, Recycled|Tags: |0 Comments
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