Plans for the Floating House Freely Available

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With all the flooding disasters in recent years, it might not be a bad idea to consider building a flood-proof home, especially if your new home is to be located in an area prone to flooding. Anyone interested in doing so will be happy to learn that the UK architecture firm Carl Turner Architects plans to release the blueprints for their Floating House, which they built a few months ago. They will make the plans available through the Paperhouses website, which offers many open source architecture plans.

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By |February 6th, 2015|Modern architecture|0 Comments

Solar Powered Wakati Keeps Veggies and Fruits From Spoiling

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Wakati is an innovative little machine, which is capable of providing sterilized storage for fruit and vegetables, keeping them from spoiling in hot climates. This product is aimed at farmers in developing countries who do not have regular access to electricity and therefore refrigerators, meaning that a large portion of the food they produce goes to waste. To fight this problem, the Wakati is capable of operating on solar power.

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By |February 3rd, 2015|Green Tech|1 Comment

Smart Shelter is Smart Indeed

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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.

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

Swiss Company Develops White Solar Cells

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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.

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

Minimods Are Modern Tiny Homes for the Environmentally Conscious

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The South American firm MAPA Architects recently unveiled the first of its Minimod (which is short for Minimal Modular) tiny homes, which can be used for a variety of purposes, from a tiny vacation home, to a hotel. In other words, these modular units are incredibly adaptable and can be assembled together to form a dwelling of any size. The separate units resemble shipping containers at first glance, but that is not what the company is using to construct them.

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By |January 22nd, 2015|Prefab|1 Comment

IKEA Refugee Shelter is a Big Success

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In 2013 the furniture giant IKEA, in collaboration with the United Nations Agency for Refugees (UNHCR) developed the so-called Refugee Housing Unit (RHU), a flat packed shelter for housing refugees, which is much easier to assemble and a lot more durable than other such shelters currently in use. Since then, the shelters have been tested in areas like Iraq and Ethiopia and have been deemed a huge success.

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By |January 15th, 2015|Modern design|1 Comment