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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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Off-The-Grid Eco-Tourism Vacation Cabin

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If you’re yearning for a nature escape and completely unplug from the rest of the world, then a stay in a Cabin Drop XL might be just what’s needed. Cabin Drop XL was designed by the Spanish firm In-tenta which is focused primarily on providing sustainable designs for the modern world. The Cabin Drop XL can be dropped anywhere, for a completely independent, off-the-grid vacation with a minimal impact. It’s almost like camping out in a tent.
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A Natural Concrete Made of Hemp

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Using concrete as the primary construction material leaves a huge carbon footprint, which is why building green should focus on minimizing the use of it. Hempitecture is a firm, which is striving to create more awareness for one such green alternative, namely hempcrete, which is concrete made of hemp. However, since industrial hemp is still illegal in the US, hempcrete has to be imported, which raises the price of this building option.
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One9 Apartment Tower Constructed in Only Five Days

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The One9 building, a 9-floor apartment building was recently built in Melbourne, Australia in just five days. This was possible because the parts needed to construct the One9 building were manufactured off site, though the builders aren’t really calling it modular, since none of the modules are standard or fixed.
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Honda Smart House US Ready For Testing

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The Honda Smart House US has recently been constructed on campus at the University of California (UC), Davis. The house will serve as a test for an off-the-grid living space of the future. Homes and cars are responsible for about 44% of all the greenhouse gases emitted in the US, and in constructing the house, the designers of The Honda Smart House aimed to try and find a way to neutralize these emissions. The house also generates enough solar energy to power both car and home, with a little left over to feed back into the grid.
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General Motors to Help Build a Shipping Container Home in Detroit

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The GM Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant is joining forces with the non-profit Michigan Urban Farming Initiative to build a homestead out of shipping containers. They plan to turn a shipping container into a sustainable home that will also come with a plot of farming land to cultivate. The home will be designed by TAKD Design and built by the Integrity Building Group of Detroit.

The shipping container they will use to build this home was donated by the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative. It measures 40 feet by 10 feet, which will yield 320 square feet of living space that will be taken up by 2 bedrooms, a bathroom and a kitchen/dining area.
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