Off-the-Grid Writer’s Retreat

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The Getaway startup from Boston has recently unveiled their newest creation, a tiny retreat called Lorraine. This off-the-grid cabin is meant to be a comfy writer’s retreat for up to two people, offering the occupants a distraction free and inspiring space in which to create.

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By |September 14th, 2015|Modern architecture|0 Comments

Community Center Built of Recycled Materials

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It’s always nice to see structures being built out of recycled materials, especially when it comes to buildings which can help spread the awareness and positive benefits of doing so. Such is certainly the case with the recently completed Re-ainbow community center designed by the Vietnamese firm H&P Architects. (more…)

By |September 11th, 2015|Green Building|0 Comments

Unique Energy Positive Home

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Architect Paul Lukez has come up with a concept for a compact home, which would be super insulated and energy positive. While still in the concept stage, it does look quite promising. The design of the home was inspired by New England’s barns and New York’s lofts and that is quite a mixture. (more…)

By |September 10th, 2015|Modern architecture|4 Comments

Low Loss Sunlight to Energy Conversion

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Currently available solar panel arrays still have the drawback of loosing lots of heat in the sunlight to energy conversion process, because of the thermodynamic inefficiencies of the process of converting the incoming energy to power. This could soon be a thing of the past though, since a team of scientists at the University of Bayreuth have created a super-efficient light-energy transport conduit. (more…)

By |September 7th, 2015|Green Tech|0 Comments

Using Google to Calculate Solar Power Harvesting Potential

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Needless to say, a lot more people would likely choose to install solar panels on their roofs, if they had viable information as to how much power they can realistically expect to get from them. Solar panels are expensive after all. Now, Google is starting a new venture called Project Sunroof, which will go a long way towards remedying this problem.

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By |August 31st, 2015|Green Tech|0 Comments

Innovative Tree-Like Homes

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The architecture firm OAS1S from Holland has come up with a unique proposal for a community of small houses, which would be built to resemble trees. The dwellings would all be made from recycled wood, and would function completely off-the-grid. These homes would be called “treescrapers” and the designers envision that once they are built, it would be like walking through a forest in the middle of an urban area.

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By |August 28th, 2015|Green Building|0 Comments