Energy Harvesting Tree for the Home

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In January 2015, the Finnish VTT Technical Centre introduced decorative organic photovoltaic cells (OPV), which can be inexpensively mass-produced, and which can easily be incorporated into the design of any home. These cells are capable of capturing energy from interior lighting and generate enough power to run small devices and sensors.

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By |March 16th, 2015|Green Tech|1 Comment

Super Affordable Off Grid Tiny Home in Hawaii

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This gorgeous tiny home in one of the most beautiful places in the world, namely Hawaii, was built by tiny house builder and dressmaker Kristie Wolfe from Boise, Idaho. A few years ago she built another tiny home, called Tiny House on the Prairie, in which she has been living in since. The money she saved by downsizing has now allowed her to build this second, off-the-grid tiny home, which she plans to use as primarily a vacation home.

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By |March 11th, 2015|Green Building|1 Comment

Woodscraper to Replace Skyscraper?

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The Elastic Woodscraper II was designed by Weingartner Architects as a possible solution to all the negative prospects of growing city populations, such as social alienation, limited resources, urbanization, and others. The Elastic Woodscraper II is envisioned in a way that promotes sustainability, social cohesion and efficiency.

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

Energy Efficient Reclaimed Modern House

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A home that comes close to being Net Zero is highly sustainable just based on that alone, but Reclaimed Modern house designed by architecture firm Dwell Developments goes a step further, as it is also constructed from reclaimed wood, concrete and metal. It is located in the Columbia City area of Seattle, Washington.

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By |March 9th, 2015|Modern architecture|0 Comments

Passively Cooled House Makes Outdoor Living Enjoyable

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I am a huge fan of homes that make it easy and appealing to spend some of the day, or night, outdoors. The recently completed MMMMMS House does a great job of this, sporting a skeletal structure that invites relaxing or working outdoors. The home is also passively cooled and features a number of other sustainable features.

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By |March 5th, 2015|Green Building|0 Comments

Small Passive House Can be Built in Just 10 Days

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Castlemaine Passivhaus, designed by the Australian architecture firm Carbonlite, was recently awarded the stringent Passive House certification, though the home is far from your typical building to meet this standard. At just 419 square feet, and a build time of only ten days, it certainly has the capability to bring passive construction closer to the general public. (more…)

By |March 2nd, 2015|Prefab|2 Comments