Unique Approach to Increasing the Sustainability of Old Buildings

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Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut has recently come up with an interesting and unique solution to turning an old, 1970’s apartment building into a very sustainable complex. His plans call for the transformation of the existing concrete structure into an energy producing building with a green façade.

Callebaut would leave the building as is, but would add 274 planter beds into its ornamental façade. These would hold about 10,000 plants carefully chosen by botanists, to create a sort of vertical garden or green façade, which would increase the building’s thermal performance and clean the air. According to Callebaut’s calculations the plants would capture 50 tons of C02 per year. The windows of the apartments would also have to be exchanged for energy saving ones to further improve the thermal performance of the building. Keeping the green façade flourishing would not be difficult at all, since there would be a drip-feed system that would require maintenance only twice a year. (more…)

By |March 13th, 2017|Green Building|0 Comments

Spacious Off-The-Grid Tiny home

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We have featured builds by Colorado-based Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses here before, mainly because their creations are always spot-on when it comes to small and sustainable homes. Their newest project, the recently completed 16 Foot Curved Roof Tiny House is no exception, and actually raises the bar when it comes to off-grid tiny homes. It’s spacious and light filled, yet still completely mobile. (more…)

By |March 9th, 2017|Green Building|0 Comments

France to Get a Solar Highway

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The French National Institute for Solar Energy (INES) in collaboration with Colas, a transport infrastructure company, is planning to cover about 621 miles (1000 km) of French roads with solar panels. The project was commissioned by France’s Agency of Environment and Energy Management and it is estimated to be completed within the next five years. The project is called the Wattway system and looks very promising. (more…)

By |March 6th, 2017|Green Tech|0 Comments

Cargo Van Home

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Mobile homes are great for those who do not wish to be tied to one place all the time, especially in this day and age when more and more people are choosing to go the digital nomad route when it comes to employment. But mobile homes require permits and can’t just be parked anywhere. This freelancer couple from Hungary found a solution to this by turning a white cargo van into a cozy tiny home on wheels. Norbert is a photographer and Dora is a writer, and they both love their new home. (more…)

By |March 4th, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments

Expandable Tiny Home

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The main reason why tiny homes are often criticized is because they are so small. Well, the tiny home company Zero Squared from Canada has come up with an interesting solution. Their Aurora model is a mobile tiny home, which can be expanded at the push of a button much like most modern RVs do. This makes it both fully mobile, and more spacious than most other tiny homes on the market.

When folded up, the Aurora measures 8.5 ft (2.6 m) in width, which makes it perfectly road-worthy. But at the push of a button, the two longer sides expand out, giving it a width of 15 ft (4.6 m) and a total living area of 337 sq ft (31 sq m) which is quite roomy. These two extensions are operated with electric motors. (more…)

By |February 22nd, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments

Toyota Building a Hydrogen Powered Utopia

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Toyota is a carmaker, but they are also one of the top providers of prefab homes in Japan. They have recently created their first hydrogen car called Mirai, and have now announced plans to build a community of hydrogen powered homes. To do so, they have obtained the rights to H2PIA from the Danish team who first came up with the concept of such a sustainable community. (more…)

By |February 20th, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments