First Building to Receive the Passive House Premium Certification

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The Passive House certification is hard to get, and this is especially true for the Passive House Premium certification. The latter is a new level of certification and was introduced in early 2015. It was created in order to account for the transition of building energy sources from fossil sources to renewable energy. (more…)

By |November 23rd, 2015|Modern design|0 Comments

Vertical Forest Building Planned in Switzerland

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The Italian architect Stefano Boeri has been given a go ahead to create a “vertical forest” apartment building to be constructed in Lausanne, Switzerland. The innovative building will have trees planted on every level, while it will also feature a number of sustainable technologies, such as solar power and a rainwater collection system. (more…)

By |November 20th, 2015|Modern architecture|0 Comments

Low-income S House Closer to Mass Production

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A few months ago the firm Vo Trong Nghia Architects of Vietnam unveiled the prototype of the so-called S House, which was aimed at providing a decent and affordable home for low-income families. The home is now about to go into mass production, and each unit will cost less than $1000 to build.

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By |November 19th, 2015|Green Building|0 Comments

Fold Out Balcony

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For many apartment dwellers a balcony is but a dream, yet with this new fold out window it could well become reality. Architect Aldana Ferrer Garcia, who is based in Brooklyn, NY, has come up with the so-called “More Sky” window system, which can be installed in place of existing windows. (more…)

By |November 16th, 2015|Modern design|0 Comments

Home That Moves With You

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Dr. Jeff Wilson, who awhile ago made a home out of a dumpster in order to learn more about sustainable living, has used his findings and knowledge to co-create an urban micro home. The Kasita, as this home is called, is designed for city life, yet can still be moved on a whim by the owner. (more…)

By |November 10th, 2015|Modern design|0 Comments

Guest Room Hidden in a Wall

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Living in small spaces requires sacrifice, one of which is definitely giving up room for guests. Sure, you can put them on the couch, but that means limited use of the kitchen and living area in the mornings, or evenings, which doesn’t make for a very enjoyable visit. (more…)

By |November 6th, 2015|Modern design|0 Comments