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:
- 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 fast.
- SEC to require disclosure of climate change risks.
- Study finds that white roofs reduce urban heat.
- The ever expanding green toolbox.
- Is your house making you sick?
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.