Flood-Proof Home

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The UK (and I’m sure many other countries) is facing the problem of having areas of land that can’t be developed for housing because they are in a flood prone area. However, the proposed Elevating House could solve this problem. It is basically a house that can be raised on stilts when a flood comes. Sounds simple enough.

Elevating House was designed by the company Larkfleet Group. It is a three-bedroom family home and its design is very similar to other homes found across the UK. But what sets it apart drastically is the mechanical jacking system, which allows it to be raised 5 ft (1.5 m) off the ground. The system is comprised of a motor, a gearbox, and drive shafts, and is capable of lifting 72 tons (65 UK tonnes) in just 5 minutes. The home will also feature a modular steel-frame design, making it easy to disassemble and reassemble elsewhere atop a traditional foundation. (more…)

By |December 26th, 2016|Green Building|0 Comments

Use Solar Power to Grill Your Burgers This Summer

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The SolSource, made by the firm One Earth Designs, has been around for awhile and they made quite a few waves a few years ago with their three-in-one solar gadget, which uses solar power to cook food, generate electricity and purify water. The latest version of the device they’re offering is just a cooker, which according to the company heats up five times faster than a charcoal grill. It can also deliver up to 1,000 watts of power, and is capable of harvesting sunlight seven times more efficiently than a typical PV panel. It also requires no fuel of any kind to run, just the sun. (more…)

By |December 19th, 2016|Green Tech|0 Comments

Easy to Build DIY Tiny Home

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Those wishing to downsize to a tiny home can either purchase such a home from a firm specializing in building them, or build one themselves. And the latter just got easier thanks to plans provided by the firm Portland Alternative Dwellings (PAD). The plans are for building a so-called Bunk Box, and they created them in collaboration with Shelter Wise. (more…)

By |December 14th, 2016|Modern design|0 Comments

Glass Tower That Might Actually be Energy Efficient

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The recently completed Beijing Greenland Center, built by Chicago’s Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) may not look like a very energy efficient building at first glance, given it’s glazed façade. However, the trapezoidal shape of the windows is said to actually improve the building’s energy performance. The Beijing Greenland Center is 853 ft (260 m) high and has 55 floors. It’s located in the city’s Dawangjing business district and contains offices and 178 of apartments. There is also a multi-story retail zone attached to it. (more…)

By |December 8th, 2016|Modern architecture|0 Comments

Prefab Micro Home That Can be Moved Around Easily

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Kodasema, a firm from Estonia, is busy designing a tiny prefab home, which according to them can be assemble on-site in only seven hours. The home will be made of concrete, and is expected to cost around $110,000. It will also be made in a way that allows it to easily be disassembled and moved to a new location if needed.

They’re calling this home Koda, and it will measure only 326 sq ft (30.3 sq m). It’s built out of prefabricated sections made of concrete. However, only 317 cubic feet of concrete are needed to build the entire home, so despite using this material instead of a more sustainable alternative, the construction of this home still won’t leave a huge carbon footprint. No foundation is necessary on-site, and the home can be placed on a wide variety of surfaces, including asphalt and gravel, so long as it can provide a level footing. Once it’s assembled it can’t exactly be towed around, but they do claim disassembling the home with a view towards relocating it, only takes about seven hours, though a truck and crane are needed in the process. (more…)

By |December 7th, 2016|Prefab|0 Comments

Icehotel That Will Stay Open all Year

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The famous Icehotel, which they build every year in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, will get built for the 27th year in a row this year, since it melts into nothing each year. But this year another Icehotel was also built, and this one is built to last. The so-called Icehotel 365 is designed to remain standing and open all year, and not just during the coldest months. (more…)

By |December 6th, 2016|Modern design|0 Comments