Econtainer Bridge Made of Recycled Shipping Containers


The so-called Econtainer Bridge, designed by Tel Aviv-based Yoav Messer Architects will be the world’s first bridge made entirely of repurposed shipping containers. The bridge will be built across the Ayalon River to the gates of the Ariel Sharon Park and it will be responsible for transporting about 2,000 acres of the Hiriya waste dump, which was closed in 2004, into a nature reserve. There is currently a 25 million-ton mountain of waste at Hiriya, which is threatening to collapse into the Ayalon river. The finished bridge will be 160 meters long (525 feet) and it is designed to carry bicycle and foot traffic. Cars will not be able to cross it, but there will be a public shuttle vehicle going across it.

By |June 17th, 2014|Container Design|0 Comments

Small House That is Huge on Sustainability


One of the winners of this year’s American Institute of Architecture’s Small Project Practitioners Knowledge Community 8th annual Small Project Awards is Small House in an Olive Grove designed by Cooper Joseph Studio. The home is located in the Dry Creek Valley near Sonoma, California and functions almost completely off-the-grid.

By |June 14th, 2014|Solar|4 Comments

KBHome Unveils ZeroHouse 2.0 Which is Both Water and Energy Efficient


The builder KB Home just unveiled their newest project, the ZeroHouse 2.0, which is located in Los Angeles County, CA. The home is also called “Double ZeroHouse” since it is both water and energy efficient. This home is the first built by this contractor to have both net-zero energy status, and zero freshwater irrigation. According to KB Home estimates, the ZeroHouse 2.0 is capable of conserving 150,000-gallons of water per year, which is a 70% reduction compared to a typical home. ZeroHouse 2.0 is also capable of producing all the energy it needs.

By |June 9th, 2014|Water Efficiency|0 Comments

Innovative Sustainable Tree House Design


The Toronto based firm Farrow Partnership Architects designed and built a unique, modern tree house, which is made from sustainable materials, and doesn’t harm the tree in any way, or restrict its growth. The latter is made possible by the architect’s novel approach of hanging the tree house from the trunk instead of nailing it to the tree.

By |June 5th, 2014|Prefab|9 Comments

Bacteria-Made Bricks Could be the Building Blocks of the Future


The bio-technology startup bioMason, headed by founder Ginger Krieg Dosier, recently introduced an innovative brick that is grown rather than fried. These naturally-grown bricks are made from sand and bacteria, which grow to produce natural cement. The needed building blocks for these bricks are abundant in nature across the globe and can be extracted from waste streams. The natural cementation of bioMason’s bricks occurs in ambient temperatures, which is one of their biggest advantages.

By |June 3rd, 2014|Green Building|3 Comments

The Salsa Box House is Tiny and Sustainable


The company Shelter Wise has recently unveiled another model in their sustainable, affordable and efficient tiny homes line up. This one is called the Salsa Box Tiny House and it sets several new milestones for what a tiny house should be. Apart from being cozy, durable and super portable, it also comes with several bells and whistles of green building.

By |May 26th, 2014|Affordable|2 Comments