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5 Awesome Off-The-Grid Shipping Container Homes

Shipping container architecture is a great way to build a sustainable home, but many architects and homeowners are also going a step further, and using these building blocks to build truly off-the-grid homes. The main advantages of such homes are the ability to place them virtually anywhere, minimizing the footprint and lowering the monthly costs to virtually zero. Below are 5 examples of shipping container homes, which feature a variety of great technologies and methods to make them self-sustaining.

1. Wisconsin Off-The-Grid Home

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Michigan Soon To Get Its First Shipping Container Home


A shipping container home is going up in Royal Oak, Michigan. According to the builder, ModEco Development, this is likely the first home made of recycled shipping containers in Michigan. Passersby are showing great interest in the home, some even taking pictures, and so far the community support for the project seems to be a given.
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Brooklyn Townhouse is Getting a Green Makeover


Gennaro Brooks-Church, the director of the green building firm Eco Brooklyn, is slowly turning his townhouse in a green and sustainable home. The renovations began back in 2008 and they are still ongoing. Just to remind, Brooks-Church is the man behind the recently completed Bright ’N Green complex in Brighton Beach, NY.

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College Student Converts a Bus into a Home

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Jonathan Von Reusner, a sophomore at Bard College, dreamed of moving out of his parents’ house, but at the same time, did not want to live on campus. To make this dream a reality he recently converted an old school bus into a cozy tiny home, which he plans to live in for a while yet. Read more »

Bright’n Green Net-Zero Building Unveiled in Brooklyn

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A net-zero apartment complex was recently opened in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, NY. The construction of this sustainable building was put on hold by hurricane Sandy, which hit when the building was already under construction. According to Robert Scarano, the architect who designed the Bright ’n Green project, as it is called, did not suffer major damage, and the net-zero building was able to supply power to the neighborhood via extension cords during the aftermath of Sandy.

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New Luxury P.A.T.H. Houses are Very Energy Efficient


The Prefabricated Accessible Technological Homes (or P.A.T.H.) are high-end, luxury prefab homes, which are capable of producing more energy that they require. These homes were created by French designer and architect Philippe Starck in collaboration with Slovenian prefabricated housing specialist Riko. The two partners are selling these homes under the name “Starck with Riko”.
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