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Passive Home That Can be Assembled as Easily as Legos

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Multipod Studio, a French architectural firm, recently made the first prototype of a sustainable, lightweight, and recyclable modular passive home. Once they are finished testing it, they will begin selling these affordable and very efficient homes. This home is called Pop-Up House, which is a pretty apt name, since it can be assembled in just four days using only an electric screwdriver.

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The Pop-Up House measures 1,614 square feet (150 square meters), and features an open plan kitchen, dining and living room area. The home also features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, as well as an office and a terrace. That’s quite an impressive area for a home that can be built in just four days.

The home features a spruce wood frame, which is easy to construct. It is insulated using expanded polystyrene insulation blocks, while the home also features laminate veneer wooden floor. All of this is held together with wood screws. According to Multipod Studio no prior construction experience is needed to assemble the Pop-Up House, and they even go so far as to compare the assembly process to building with Legos.

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The Pop-Up House has an airtight thermal envelope, which together with great insulation, means that no heating is necessary so long as the home is located in a temperate hot climate. The home also meets the strict Passivhaus energy standard, so the home should be efficient to heat even in colder regions.

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Multipod Studio is currently still testing the prototype, and there is no word yet when these units will become available for purchase. They estimate that a Pop-Up House will cost about $41,000 (€30,000). This price includes assembly, but not the plumbing and electrical wiring. Even without all that, though, the home is still very affordable, especially given that it is a passive house.

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Pre-Fab Home for the Young and Single

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The construction firm Heijmans of Holland has just unveiled a prototype for a prefabricated home, which they plan to erect in city areas and rent out to single young people looking for their first home. This first version of the home is called Heijmans ONE and should be launched soon.

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Swiss Company Develops White Solar Cells

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A lot of effort has gone into developing transparent solar cells lately, since they could be attached to windows easily with no loss of light. But CSEM, a Swiss non-profit technology company, has now developed white solar cells, which can easily be integrated into a building’s walls.

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Minimods Are Modern Tiny Homes for the Environmentally Conscious

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The South American firm MAPA Architects recently unveiled the first of its Minimod (which is short for Minimal Modular) tiny homes, which can be used for a variety of purposes, from a tiny vacation home, to a hotel. In other words, these modular units are incredibly adaptable and can be assembled together to form a dwelling of any size. The separate units resemble shipping containers at first glance, but that is not what the company is using to construct them.

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Urban Farming Improving the Lives of Seniors

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Spark Architects has come up with a unique urban farm concept called Homefarm, which is primarily aimed at improving the health and life of seniors at a Singapore retirement home. Homefarm is an aquaponic system, which is easy to manage and therefore ideal for seniors to work on. Read more »

Eco-Tourism Meets Sustainable Architecture

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Earlier this year a team of students from the University of Technology in Trondheim designed a very sustainable hut as part of a design- and building workshop. They were assisted by Rintala Eggertsson Architects and several others. The international seminar that the workshop was part of was focused on the future of eco-tourism in the Western Ghats region in India. And the main purpose of it was to find sustainable solutions, which would benefit both the local population as well as help preserve the environment in the region.

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