Van Converted Into a Multifunctional Tiny Home

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New Zealander John McElhiney recently converted a van into a tiny home, which is equipped for full time, off-the-grid living, and can actually be fully submerged underwater with the help of a snorkel-like add-on. He doesn’t live in it full time, but does spend a lot of time in it when he travels and explores.

He purchased the 1998 Mitsubishi Delica Starwagon already fully modified for expeditions and post-apocalyptic living about a year ago. He started his renovation of it by tearing out the rear seats to create a sleeping and living area. Next, he installed a custom-built piece of furniture, which includes a pull-out sink, a compact fridge, and a counter that can be stored inside the unit when not in use. All these utilities are accessible via the van’s rear door, and locked in place with a pin system when not in use. (more…)

By |November 7th, 2016|Green Building|0 Comments

Solar Roof Tiles as Imagined by Tesla

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Elon Musk, Tesla CEO and SolarCity chairman recently unveiled a new type of roofing tiles, which are also solar panels. It’s no secret that the Tesla company is rapidly developing new ways of establishing a more sustainable future, and these roofing tiles are a great idea. They would be used to cover a roof just like regular tiles, and thereby incorporate solar energy harvesting potential directly into any home without the need to spend money on and install a separate solar power array. (more…)

By |November 4th, 2016|Green Tech|0 Comments

Tiny Off-Grid Home Created by a Boat Builder

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Boats and tiny homes have a lot of things in common, not the least of which is the need to make good use of every available nook and cranny. This is exactly what prompted former boat builder and carpenter Jeff Hobbs from New Zealand to begin building tiny homes. His firm Room to Move recently completed an off-the-grid tiny home, which boasts of a number of sustainable features. (more…)

By |October 31st, 2016|Modern design|0 Comments

Off-The-Grid Bunker-Like Vacation Home

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Since vacation homes are empty for most of the year, keeping them securely locked up is one of the main considerations. This was especially true for Casa Caldera, which is located only 15 miles (24 km) north of the US-Mexico border. Keeping this vacation home secure while unoccupied was one of the main concerns when designing it, and the architecture firm Dust of Tucson, Arizona did a great job on it, making it both secure and highly sustainable at the same time. In addition, only a single truck-full of waste was produced during construction. (more…)

By |October 25th, 2016|Green Building|0 Comments

Nike Unveils a Sustainable Warehouse

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At the end of May, Nike opened its new warehouse, which will be used to serve all of Europe from a single location. This warehouse is incredibly sustainable, which is always welcome when it comes to large companies. The Nike European Logistics Campus as the place is called spans an area of 1.6 million sq ft (150,000 sq m) and is located 31 miles (50 km) outside of Antwerp, Belgium. (more…)

By |October 6th, 2016|Green Building|0 Comments

New and Much More Affordable Solar Power System

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Fitting a home with a solar power system is still very cost-prohibitive for many, but a new startup project could change all that. The company SunCulture has come up with the so-called SolPad solar panels, which have the battery integrated into them. Such a system would cut the overall costs of installing a solar system in homes quite considerably. (more…)

By |October 5th, 2016|Green Tech|0 Comments