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Tiny House Arc Prototype for Hawaii

The architect and company that brought us the Bike Arc modular bike park system is now behind the House Arc modular system.  House Arc was designed by Joseph Bellomo and the prototype shown in this article is being finished for a client in Hawaii.  The modular home is built with a lightweight frame of steel tubes and set on a few concrete blocks.  When finished, it's supposed to be strong enough to withstand tropical winds and weather. 


By |February 1st, 2010|Categories: Affordable, Prefab|Tags: |4 Comments
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January Green Coverage in Review

It's crazy to think we're now cruising through the new year.  It's also sad to think about the tragedy that hit Haiti.  As the world continues to turn, we'll keep talking about the most important stories that somehow touch on green building.  We also want to thank our sponsor, Green Build Post, a green building forum that's documenting several industry trends, including the construction of a green, modular New World Home in The Hamptons, New York.  Here's a summary of last month's coverage, if you missed anything:


By |January 31st, 2010|Categories: Month in Review|0 Comments
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Green Gizmos, Using Gray Water, Disclosing Climate Risks, + Eco Tools

The grassroots efforts of using gray water. How to avoid the legal pitfalls of green marketing. Sustainable design needs more than bells and whistles. Green materials sector is gaining attention and growing […]

By |January 30th, 2010|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments
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Strong Flat Pack Prefabs for Haiti?

According to the Miami Herald, architect Andrés Duany has created a temporary house — referred to as the "core-house" — that can be made of a strong, composite material and flat pack shipped to Haiti.  The prefab houses sleep eight, if arranged with the bunk beds, and can expand with additional core units.  Duany believes they could be built affordably in order to provide a temporary shelter from the elements and rain.


By |January 29th, 2010|Categories: Affordable, News, Prefab|9 Comments
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First Look: Honeywell Wind Turbine

Not much has changed since our last update on the Honeywell Wind Turbine, except WindTronics released this video showing the gearless blade tip system at work.  It’s spinning nicely, and the company claims it can start generating energy at winds speeds as low as 2 mph (and up to 42 mph).  The $5,995, soon-to-be-launched small wind turbine can produce up to 2000 kWh/yr in class 3 winds and up to 2752 kWh/yr in class 4 winds.


By |January 28th, 2010|Categories: Technology, Wind|Tags: , , |7 Comments
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Join Us in Giving to Shelter Box

When disaster hit Haiti, readers said we should team up with some of the folks behind the many container projects we've featured to get shelter to the disaster areas.  It seems like a good idea, and PFNC Global Communities makes an interesting sub-$10,000 container home.  But it may not be a good idea. 

In disasters, housing relief should include some combination of temporary and permanent solutions, and I'm not sure whether a container home would work as either one in Haiti.  We believe something like this Shelter Box could provide some temporary relief. 


By |January 28th, 2010|Categories: News|Tags: |1 Comment

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