Net Zero Prefab Home Built in California

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Mark Jacobson, a professor at Stanford University, California recently commissioned the Canadian firm Bone Structure to build him a prefab net-zero home. And the result is shaping up to be quite astounding. He chose the company because of their proven ability to minimize construction waste, dust and disruption to neighbors, as well as the flexibility and versatility of its steel frame construction method. (more…)

By |August 20th, 2016|Prefab|0 Comments

Spend Your Vacation in a Tiny House Village

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Ever wish you could rent out a tiny home so you could see how living in one actually feels like? Well now you can. The Tumbleweed Tiny House Company are currently building a new tiny house vacation village near Portland, Oregon, and the houses there will soon be available to rent.The village will consist of five homes and it will be located inside the Mt. Hood RV Park. This means that guests will also be able to use the park’s amenities, namely the swimming pool and spa, game room, as well as the hiking and biking trails. (more…)

By |August 19th, 2016|Green Building|1 Comment

Thinnest and Lightest Solar Cell Produced

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Researchers at MIT have successfully manufactured the world’s thinnest and lightest solar cell. This cell is so tiny that it could be placed on a soap bubble without popping it. That’s quite a feat and it also means that such cells could be attached to virtually any surface where they could then generate clean, renewable energy. (more…)

By |August 15th, 2016|Green Tech|0 Comments

The First Freeform 3D Printed House in the World Coming Soon

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The architecture studio Wimberly, Allison, Tong & Goo (WATG) has drawn up the plans for what they believe will be the world’s first freeform 3D-printed house. The home is called Curve Appeal and it recently won Branch Technology’s Freeform Home Design Challenge. As a result, it will be printed soon. It will also boast of many sustainable features. (more…)

By |August 13th, 2016|Modern design|0 Comments

A Thermophotovoltaic Cell That Can Generate Electricity Even in the Dark

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Claiming that a solar cell can produce energy even in the dark sounds a little like the beginning of a joke, but I assure you it is not so. A team of scientists from the Australian National University (ANU) and the University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley) have successfully made a prototype of a device, which can become a part of super-efficient thermophotovoltaic cells. Such a cell could generate electricity even if it is not placed in direct sunlight. This cell would absorb infrared radiation and convert it into an electric current, and this can happen even in the dark. (more…)

By |August 11th, 2016|Green Tech|0 Comments

First Kasita Prototype Complete

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Kasita is an innovative housing solution designed by Dr. Jeff Wilson and environmental science professor from Texas. The first Kasita unit has recently been completed and can be viewed in Austin, Texas. Kasita apartments are prefab housing units, which can stand on their own as tiny homes, or be inserted into steel racks to form larger structures such as the one pictured above. (more…)

By |August 9th, 2016|Prefab|0 Comments