Innovative Off-The-Grid Mobile Home

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Gerhard Feldbacher, a designer from Austria, has just launched a small home, which can easily be moved around on a whim, though it is not a true mobile home. He’s calling his invention Simple Home, and it is designed to rest atop four legs which allows the home to be easily installed in the desired location without the need for hoists, cranes or other heavy machinery. And perhaps, best of all, the Simple Home can be taken off-the-grid.

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By |March 12th, 2015|Modern architecture|1 Comment

Woodscraper to Replace Skyscraper?

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The Elastic Woodscraper II was designed by Weingartner Architects as a possible solution to all the negative prospects of growing city populations, such as social alienation, limited resources, urbanization, and others. The Elastic Woodscraper II is envisioned in a way that promotes sustainability, social cohesion and efficiency.

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By |March 10th, 2015|Modern design|0 Comments

Energy Efficient Reclaimed Modern House

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A home that comes close to being Net Zero is highly sustainable just based on that alone, but Reclaimed Modern house designed by architecture firm Dwell Developments goes a step further, as it is also constructed from reclaimed wood, concrete and metal. It is located in the Columbia City area of Seattle, Washington.

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By |March 9th, 2015|Modern architecture|0 Comments

Passively Cooled House Makes Outdoor Living Enjoyable

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I am a huge fan of homes that make it easy and appealing to spend some of the day, or night, outdoors. The recently completed MMMMMS House does a great job of this, sporting a skeletal structure that invites relaxing or working outdoors. The home is also passively cooled and features a number of other sustainable features.

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By |March 5th, 2015|Green Building|0 Comments

Small Passive House Can be Built in Just 10 Days

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Castlemaine Passivhaus, designed by the Australian architecture firm Carbonlite, was recently awarded the stringent Passive House certification, though the home is far from your typical building to meet this standard. At just 419 square feet, and a build time of only ten days, it certainly has the capability to bring passive construction closer to the general public. (more…)

By |March 2nd, 2015|Prefab|2 Comments

Bricks to Aid Passive Cooling

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Integrating passive cooling into sustainable housing has been a must for most designers for a while now. And with the creation of the so-called Cool Bricks by the design firm Emerging Objects this feat just got a little simpler. Cool Bricks are 3D printed bricks that can be filled with water to bring the temperature in homes.

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By |February 28th, 2015|Green Building|3 Comments