Year Long Study of Net-Zero Energy Home Completed Successfully

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It has now been a year since the Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility (NZERTF) in Washington DC has been built and its energy harvesting capabilities began to be monitored. The home was built on the campus at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where scientists and researchers conducted a computer simulation that replicated the energy consumption of a family of four. The results showed the home to be a success, since after a year the home generated 13,577 kWh of energy. This is about 491 kWh more than was needed.
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By |August 16th, 2014|Energy Efficiency|6 Comments

The First European LEED Platinum Home

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The LEED Platinum for homes rating is quite rare. In fact, the recently completed Italian BioCasa 82 is the first home in Europe to receive this high rating. BioCasa82 was designed by the Italian firm Rosario Picciotto Architects and constructed by Welldom, a company that specializes in green building. It is located in Montebelluna, a town near Venice, Italy.
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By |August 13th, 2014|LEED|0 Comments

Shipping Container Architecture Helping to Solve Homelessness

The ease of using shipping containers to build homes, and the speed with which such homes can be constructed makes them a prime choice when developing housing for the homeless. But far from being poorly made, these homes offer all the comforts of a traditionally constructed house. Below are three examples of affordable homes to house the homeless that had been constructed out of shipping containers.

Housing for the Homeless in Brighton

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By |August 9th, 2014|Container Design|1 Comment

Cross Shaped Shipping Container Home

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The Georgia-based architect Dachi Papuashvili recently shared his plans to construct a tiny home using two shipping containers. He is calling this house The Skit and he plans for it to be shaped like a cross, with one of the shipping containers standing vertically and the other traversing it perpendicularly.
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By |August 2nd, 2014|Container Design|3 Comments

Go Off-The-Grid With Windpax

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A wind turbine can be used to generate power even at night, which is the main advantage it has over solar panels. However, its size and complicated set up remains the biggest disadvantage. At least when it comes to camping trips, or other instances of needing renewable power on the go. Well, those troubles could be at an end by the use of Windpax. The latter is a portable wind turbine, which is fully collapsible and will not take a lot of space in your backpack. Its designers are currently using Kickstarter to fund its production.
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By |July 28th, 2014|Green Tech|0 Comments

Innovative Roof Design Cools a House in the Desert

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The so-called “Desert House” is located in the desert region of Australia, more precisely in Alice Springs. It was designed by the Dunn & Hillam Architects firm and the designers wanted to create something that works in total congruence with the desert wasteland, and doesn’t leave a huge environmental footprint.
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By |July 27th, 2014|Modern architecture|1 Comment