1940s Era Home Conversion: Boxhouse

This is Boxhouse, an award-winning modern home in Boulder, Colorado, designed and built by Rob Pyatt as a University of Colorado College of Architecture & Planning project (advised/sponsored by Rick Sommerfeld).  Boxhouse explores adaptive reuse and recycling of an existing 900 sf home built in 1948.  Tons of images below …


By |September 18th, 2007|Categories: Gadgets, Materials, Modern architecture, Prefab, Recycled, Vegetation|Tags: |5 Comments

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Green Building A to Z by Jerry Yudelson; Book Give Away

Just a quick note on a new book that’s out by Jerry Yudelson called Green Building A to Z.  I received an advance copy that I’ve read through and want to give away to […]

By |September 17th, 2007|Categories: book, Gadgets, LEED, News|Tags: |0 Comments

Seattle Off-Grid Concept Combines Chickens, Crops + Sustainable Living (S2)

In the heart of Seattle, the design professionals at Mithun see a farm rising vertically into the sky.  Although it may never be built, the Center for Urban Agriculture (CUA) won “Best of Show” in the Cascadia Region Green Building Council’s Living Building Challenge.  Vertically constructed on a .72 acre site, the off-grid building is designed to be completely energy and water sufficient and will include 318 affordable apartments (studio – 2 bedroom).  And on top of that, there will be greenhouses, rooftop gardens, a chicken farm, and fields for growing vegetables and grains. 


Building the Goodwin-Wise Flatpak

It’s taken about two years, but the Goodwin-Wise Flatpak is finally becoming a reality, as you can see from these images.  This home is in Massachusetts, and for those of you looking for prefab on the east coast, Flatpak is certainly an option.  I really like how the house is tucked into the enveloping landscape, almost camouflaged from the entry way.  See more at Amy Goodwin’s blog and photo album; via MoCo Loco. 


By |September 15th, 2007|Categories: Materials, Modern architecture, Modern design, Prefab, Vegetation|Tags: |0 Comments

Net Metering, Minimum Floor Areas, Kendall House, Green Banks + Natural Landscaping (WIR)

The Grid Impacts of Net Metering Big Steps in Building: Ban Minimum Floor Areas Kendall House in Miami is a model of efficiency and low environmental impact.  Who’s the greenest […]

By |September 15th, 2007|Categories: Conservation, Energy Efficiency, Gadgets, Land Use, News, Vegetation, Week in Review|Tags: |0 Comments

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