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Downsize in Style

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The motto of the company Tiny Heirloom Homes of Oregon is: “downsize, don’t down grade”. To meet this goal they offer a variety of ingenious tiny homes, which range from the basic to the more sophisticated. They also offer off-the-grid options, full customization, and smart home automation in partnership with Nest Labs. One of their goals is also to become the first luxury, custom tiny home manufacturer in the US. Read more »

Innovative Solar Energy System

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An Austrian company Smartflower recently unveiled a unique and innovative solar energy system, which does away with traditional roof-top mounted solar panels. The so-called Smartflower POP system is a 3.2 kW solar power array that is ground-mounted. It gets its name from the folding panels, which close up at night and in strong wind conditions, and automatically unfold again in the morning. The units are available in 8 different colors.

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Modern Home That’s Sustainable Through and Through

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The architecture firm LGA recently designed a new house in Toronto, Canada called the Bedford Park House. This home was designed and built in a sustainable way from the ground up. The home blends in with the neighborhood, and is spacious enough for a large family, all while being very green.

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Student Couple Build Tiny Home to Climb Out of Debt

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There are many reasons why people choose to downsize and move to a tiny home, though mostly these reasons stem from financial concerns to some degree. This was also at the core of the decision to build and move to a tiny home for student couple Jess and Dan Sullivan of Burrillville, Rhode Island. They built their tiny home from primarily wood, and used a lot of repurposed and recycled materials to finish it up. They also made it off-the-grid to avoid further costs.

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A City in the Sahara Desert

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The architecture firm OXO Architectes from Paris, working with Nicolas Laisné Associés, has recently presented their vision for a “vertical city” skyscraper, which they would like to build in the Sahara desert. This mixed-use tower would be the perfect solution for sustainable living in the desert, and it would be able to comfortably house a large number of people.

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The Most Sustainable Classroom

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The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has recently constructed an on-site classroom, called the SEEDclassroom. The aim of this project was to provide a sustainable, inspiring and healthy space for educational purposes, and it is one of only such classrooms in the US.

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