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Innovative Retreat Takes Advantage of Available Space

Building eco-friendly homes is sometimes about more than just using sustainable building materials and practices-it can also be about fitting new homes into the available space without disturbing or harming the existing landscape. The Forest Retreat house built by the Check firm Uhlik Architekti in the forests of Bohemia, near Prague is an excellent example of just such a construction method.
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Waste House is Made of Garbage

Waste House is a project recently completed by a team of 253 students and apprentices who were led by BBM Architects Director and senior lecturer Duncan Baker-Brown. The house is located at the University of Brighton’s Grand Parade campus and it is made entirely out of waste materials. It is quite an exercise in recycling, and the builders believe it is the first permanent house made entirely from waste in Britain.
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Innovative Ways of Using Solar Panels

Photo: Mineirão stadium in Belo Horizonte

The photovoltaic technology is frequently used to obtain energy these days. Since it was discovered in the 19th century that it is possible to get energy from sunlight, the ways of harnessing solar energy went through many different stages. The first prototype of solar cells was, for example, used to provide the satellite Vanguard I with energy in 1958 and the technology has been used in this area ever since.
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Relax Shacks Builds a Micro Reading Pod for NYU Professor

Photo: RelaxShacks.com

Derek “Deek” Diedricksen of RelaxShacks.com is in the process of completing a micro home for an NYU professor to use as a reading and study pod. The pod is built mostly from recycled, repurposed and salvaged materials. It’s also on wheels for easy transportation, though the owner plans to primarily use it on a lake front plot of land where it will serve as a quiet escape from daily life.
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Sustainable Tiny Homes on Wheels

YahiniHomes, a tiny house company led by Danny Yahini has been designing and constructing sustainable and energy efficient homes for over 25 years. The company is based in Athens, Ohio, and offers several different types of tiny houses with off-the-grid capabilities. The houses Danny designs and constructs can be set up on a trailer, or placed on all types of foundations. They can also easily be added to later, in case the owner needs more room as the years pass.
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3D Printed Homes Made in China

The company WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co recently printed several 3D houses in Shanghai, China. The houses were printed using concrete and a huge 3D printer. Each of the houses they printed measures 200 square meters and costs only about $4800.
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