A Plug That Can Reduce Your Energy Bill by Half

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The Parce One smart plug works by measuring and controlling the energy usage of your electronic devices. The plug is Wi-Fi enabled, so it also gives users access to detailed reports and even suggestions on how to reduce energy use. The makers of the Parce One smart plug have recently run a successful IndieGoGo campaign and the funds they raised will go towards the further development of the plug with a view towards mass production in the near future.
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By |May 8th, 2014|Green Tech|0 Comments

A Treehouse That Teaches Boy Scouts All About Sustainability

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The US-based architecture firm Mithum recently unveiled their latest sustainability project, the so-called Sustainability Treehouse, which was commissioned by The Boy Scouts of America. The structure is the effort of a multidisciplinary team, which created this sustainable and innovative dwelling in the forest of West Virginia. The main goal of the house is to provide an educational platform for visiting boy scouts, and it is filled with a number of interactive exhibits.
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By |May 6th, 2014|Green Building|2 Comments

Company Headquarters made of shipping containers

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Royal Wolf, an Australian company specializing in hiring, selling and modifying new and recycled shipping containers, now has an HQ building made of shipping containers. This office is located in Melbourne Australia and was designed and built by the firm Room 11. One of the main purposes of this project was to showcase the fabrication and construction methods employed by Royal Wolf by using them to build their own offices.
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By |April 30th, 2014|Container Design|0 Comments

Build Your Own Wind Turbine

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Daniel Connell, the creator of the SolarFlower has released another very useful DIY tutorial. This one is for building a wind turbine from scratch for only about $30 in material costs. The solution he proposes is a vertical axis wind turbine based on the Lenz2 lift+drag design.
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By |April 26th, 2014|Green Tech|2 Comments

Colorado’s First Passive House

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Brookfield Residential’s Midtown Residence Eight in Denver, is the first Colorado home to receive the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) certification. It is also the first house made by a US production builder to receive this certification. The home was designed by KGA Studio Architects.
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By |April 25th, 2014|Passive House|7 Comments

Brothers Turn an Abandoned Grain Silo Into a Cabin

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Brothers Rehan and Josh Nana recently converted an old, disused grain silo into a quaint cabin. The silo was located on their family’s farmland in Missouri, so the new structure is in no way out of place in its surroundings. One of the primary reasons they opted to complete this conversion was the desire to repurpose something that would otherwise be left to rot and rust. They were helped in making their idea become a reality by architect Kyle Davis of Blue Earth Projects.
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By |April 15th, 2014|Container Design|0 Comments