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Sierra Bonita Solar Housing in California

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Perhaps the most noticeable aspect of Sierra Bonita, an affordable housing development in West Hollywood, is the facade-integrated solar array that powers most of the peak load electricity demand for the common areas.  The building also has a solar-powered hot water heating system, but beneath the clearly visible green technology is a modern building with apartments fully adaptable for its disabled residents.

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Small, Green, Affordable in The Big Easy

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The USGBC recently held a competition for the design of an affordable, single-family house with between 720 and 880 square feet that meets the requirements of LEED Platinum certification.  Local chapters chose 49 designs and a national jury picked two professional finalists and two student finalists.  These four designs will be built in the Broadmoor neighborhood of New Orleans by enviRenew.

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Three Tiny Houses without Borders

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Perhaps you read a recent article in the NY Times on portable shelters.  In the article, Jim Robbins discusses the relief housing efforts of a few organizations and companies that I've noticed over the years.  These houses, often prefabricated and flat-packed, typically assemble in a short amount of time with simple, available tools.  Check out these three home designs below and, if you're aware of any similar endeavors, feel free to share a link below. 

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