Smart Shelter is Smart Indeed


The sustainable homebuilder NOEM from Spain has just unveiled a prefabricated home named El Refugio Inteligente, which translates to The Smart Shelter. The home is solar-powered and built with energy efficiency and sustainability in mind, while most of its features can be monitored and controlled via a smartphone.


By |January 29th, 2015|Prefab|2 Comments

Passive Home That Can be Assembled as Easily as Legos


Multipod Studio, a French architectural firm, recently made the first prototype of a sustainable, lightweight, and recyclable modular passive home. Once they are finished testing it, they will begin selling these affordable and very efficient homes. This home is called Pop-Up House, which is a pretty apt name, since it can be assembled in just four days using only an electric screwdriver.


By |January 28th, 2015|Passive House|2 Comments

Pre-Fab Home for the Young and Single


The construction firm Heijmans of Holland has just unveiled a prototype for a prefabricated home, which they plan to erect in city areas and rent out to single young people looking for their first home. This first version of the home is called Heijmans ONE and should be launched soon.


By |January 27th, 2015|Prefab|0 Comments

Swiss Company Develops White Solar Cells


A lot of effort has gone into developing transparent solar cells lately, since they could be attached to windows easily with no loss of light. But CSEM, a Swiss non-profit technology company, has now developed white solar cells, which can easily be integrated into a building’s walls.


By |January 24th, 2015|Green Tech|0 Comments

Eco-Tourism Meets Sustainable Architecture


Earlier this year a team of students from the University of Technology in Trondheim designed a very sustainable hut as part of a design- and building workshop. They were assisted by Rintala Eggertsson Architects and several others. The international seminar that the workshop was part of was focused on the future of eco-tourism in the Western Ghats region in India. And the main purpose of it was to find sustainable solutions, which would benefit both the local population as well as help preserve the environment in the region.


By |January 19th, 2015|Green Building|1 Comment

Australia’s Greenest Apartment Complex Really is Something Else


The Commons, located in Melbourne, was designed by the firm Breathe Architecture and it just might he most sustainable apartment building in Australia. It s beautifully and thoughtfully designed, with sustainability etched into every available surface.


By |January 17th, 2015|Modern architecture|0 Comments