Jeffery, a homebuilder specializing in using only natural materials for his construction projects, recently completed a tiny house in the woods. His main goals were to construct a house that was comfortable to live in and cheap to built, and made from materials destined for the landfill as much as possible. The cabin he built contains a bed, desk and a small wood stove. It is intended to serve mainly as a shelter, and therefore encourage the occupant to go out and enjoy nature.
The future Earthship residents Kris Plantz and Nicole Bennett, along with a group of enthusiastic volunteer helpers, have been busy constructing the first Earthship home in Manitoba, Canada for over a year. Their future off-the-grid, eco-friendly home will be made from mainly earth, concrete and recycled materials such as old tires, pop cans and glass bottles.
Why not build a prefab almost entirely out of reclaimed materials? That’s what Reclaimed Space founder Tracen Gardner wants to do. Mr. Gardner was in between contracting jobs and began constructing a portable building using primarily reclaimed materials. In the process, he liked what he was doing so much that he decided to create Reclaimed Space to continue building modular, passively-designed cabins. To start off with, the company will build spaces from 240 square feet and at prices in the range of $115 to $160 psf (min. $25k).
I was blown away by Alberto Mozó‘s simple and clean design for the Edificio BIP Computers building in Santiago de Chile. It’s an unassuming three-story structure built on a lot that’s zoned to allow a larger structure of up to twelve stories in height. Knowing that the building may not last very long (due to the favorable location and zoning), the design makes use of standard-sized, laminated timber beams that can be dismounted and used to reconstruct the entire building somewhere else. Mozo calls the idea "transitivity" — designing structures that can be easily broken down and reconstructed elsewhere.
- Bamboo a big tool for greenwashing.
- DOE spotlights new crop of solar cities.
- Should managers take a green Hippocratic oath?
- An architect’s perspective on top green building innovations.
- The great forgotten clean energy source: geothermal.
- Waste diversion and salvaging promotes greener buildings.
- Missed opportunity: deconstructing or moving old buildings?
- Green building a growth industry.
*WIR = Week in Review; a Saturday showcase of excellent links.
Have recycled or reusable materials to sell? Looking for recycled or reusable materials? Need materials that contribute towards LEED MR credits? Well, starting on or about March 17, you’re going to have a pretty nice looking resource to tap in the form of Planet Reuse. Planet Reuse "aims to divert existing products and materials from landfills, create less waste and use of virgin materials entering the waste stream, and create a solution for designers, homeowners, architects and builders seeking to design, create, and use more environmentally responsible practices."
People that have materials can go to the website and create listing to sell the product. Buyers can then search for materials by location and various other categories. After Planet Reuse attracts critical mass and community participation, it’ll be a killer resource for LEED APs. Great idea, Planet Reuse!