House in the Mountains Features Green Roofs and 2013 AIA Housing Award

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High in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, the roof planes of this guesthouse are both meadow and super-insulated envelope, blending structure into scenery to be nearly imperceivable from a road above the site while preserving the view from the main house.

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By |July 15th, 2013|Green Roof|0 Comments

Feldman Architecture’s 2 Bar House Features a Green Roof and Simple Floating Design

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Designed by Feldman Architecture and located in Menlo Park, California, this 2 bar house is not only cost-efficient, but is also a renovation of an old home that incorporated a variety of sustainable materials and systems. Designed for a family of four, the open floor plan accommodates their love for spending as much time as possible in the outdoors.

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By |July 12th, 2013|Modern design|0 Comments

ShelterKraft Werks Designs and Builds Sustainable Custom Shipping Container Homes

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The Seattle-based home building company, ShelterKraft Werks, designs affordable homes that are configured around recycled shipping containers to provide solutions for global housing challenges with turn-key, low footprint structures that can be installed within any conceivable environment.

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By |July 8th, 2013|CONTAINER HOMES|27 Comments

“Hawk House by Alex Wyndham is a Cozy Cabana in Big Sur, California

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Located in the gorgeously serene Big Sur mountains of California, this green-roofed Hawk House is only 90 square feet and seven-by-nine feet in size. Architect Alex Wyndham created the cabana entirely out of timber and redwood bark, providing a tiny, cozy space that blends seamlessly with nature and maintains a virtually insignificant footprint.

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By |June 26th, 2013|Green Building|1 Comment

Zigloo Domestique is First Canadian Shipping Container Home

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Residential designer, Keith Dewey, has designed what is considered to be the first shipping container building in Canada: a home in which he lives with his wife and daughter in Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia. Built on a 42 by 40 foot lot, the home comprises 2,000 square feet of living space and was constructed of eight twenty-foot shipping containers that were modified to include windows, doors, and a “proper roof.”

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By |June 14th, 2013|Container Design|10 Comments

Solar Structures Offer Affordable Solar Roof Alternative

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A new partnership between Silicon Energy and CrystaLite that was announced at the recent Living Future unConference in Seattle is bringing a new alternative to photovoltaic solar roof implementations and ground-mounted installations: the solar structure. PV-integrated structures provide home and business owners with extensive flexibility in the design and implementation of solar power when a solar roof is not cost effective or to achieve a more aesthetically pleasing integration of solar panels with structural design of patio and deck coverings, carport coverings, and picnic shelters.

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By |June 3rd, 2013|Solar|4 Comments