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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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Promising Spray-On Solar Cell Technology on the Horizon

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Researchers at the University of Toronto have come up with a new kind of spray-on colloidal quantum dots (CQD), which is a breakthrough in the field as it doesn’t bind with oxygen atoms. The later is a problem with CQD as it causes some dots to forgo their electrons and become useless. Tests of this new method revealed a solar efficiency of eight percent, which may be low compared to other technologies, but the researchers are still hopeful their method will prove very useful.

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Shepherd Hut Style Off-The-Grid Home

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Güte, a Canadian home builder recently unveiled a unique tiny home, the design of which was inspired by shepherds’ huts of the past. Their creation is a prefabricated hut that rests on a trailer and can be used as a tiny home, office space, or guest room. It has the option to connect it to a power source, but it can also function off-the-grid, exactly like the shepherd’s huts of old did.

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Tiny Prefab Homes Worth Checking Out

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The Dutch firm 2by4 Architects recently launched a line of unique tiny prefab homes, which can serve a variety of purposes, such as a vacation home, office guest room and more. They can also be taken off the grid, and could actually be used for a permanent residence too.

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Living Sustainably in a Dumpster

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Dr. Jeff Wilson of the Huston-Tillotson University in Texas has embarked on a very unique and special experiment. He has transformed a dumpster into a home and plans to live in it for a full year, so that he can learn as much as he can about sustainable living. The experiment is called the Dumpster Project and its main aim is a hands-on study of how much space a person actually needs to live.
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Brooklyn Townhouse is Getting a Green Makeover

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Gennaro Brooks-Church, the director of the green building firm Eco Brooklyn, is slowly turning his townhouse in a green and sustainable home. The renovations began back in 2008 and they are still ongoing. Just to remind, Brooks-Church is the man behind the recently completed Bright ’N Green complex in Brighton Beach, NY.

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