Shipping Container Homes to Solve Housing Problems in Hawaii

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The Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE) has turned a shipping container into a home for a family of five. The shipping container is located in Honolulu, Hawaii and cost about $11,000 to construct.

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By |February 18th, 2015|Container Design|2 Comments

New Mexico Home Power Solely by Solar Energy

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Design firm Needbased has recently completed a home in New Mexico, which has achieved both the Passive House Certification as well as meet the highest National Association of House Builders (NAHB) green building standard. Taoshouse, as the home is called, is therefore one of a very US homes few to obtain the certification given out by the Passive House Institute in Germany. This home will also run only on the electricity harvested from the sun.

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By |February 17th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Another Promising Pop-Up Apartment Solution

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The recently introduced Cubitat is another instant apartment solution. It was designed by the Canadian architectural firm Urban Capital and Italian designer Luca Nichetto. The Cubitat cube measures 10 x 10 x 10 feet (3 x 3 x 3 m) and features a kitchen, bedroom, lounging and entertainment area, bathroom, laundry and storage space.

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By |February 14th, 2015|Prefab|0 Comments

Yet Another Quaint Tiny House

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Heirloom, the Oregon-based tiny homemaker recently unveiled a new offering in their line up. Their newest tiny home has off-the-grid capabilities, a clever and spacious interior layout, and a state-of-the-art automated house control system, which can be operated via an iOS or Android smartphone and will be launched soon. (more…)

By |February 11th, 2015|Prefab|1 Comment

Youth Pastor Builds Shipping Container Homes for the Less Fortunate

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Bill Hebner, a former youth pastor from Kelowna, Canada has been building affordable housing for the less fortunate since the 1990s. The first homes he built were made of wood, but more recently, he started using recycled shipping containers as the primary building blocs. Availability, sturdiness, and ease of constructions are the main reasons for this choice.

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By |February 10th, 2015|Container Design|2 Comments

Prefab Home Suitable for Hurricane Prone Areas

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The prefab homebuilder Cubicco of Florida just released a new version of their flatpack homes, which the company claims are sturdy enough to withstand hurricane winds of up to 180 mph. Prefab flatpack homes are great since they can easily be transported to anywhere on the back of a truck, while the Cubicco homes go one step further in that they can be fitted with a number of sustainable technologies so the owner can potentially take them off-the-grid.

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By |February 9th, 2015|Prefab|0 Comments