Unique Approach to Increasing the Sustainability of Old Buildings

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Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut has recently come up with an interesting and unique solution to turning an old, 1970’s apartment building into a very sustainable complex. His plans call for the transformation of the existing concrete structure into an energy producing building with a green façade.

Callebaut would leave the building as is, but would add 274 planter beds into its ornamental façade. These would hold about 10,000 plants carefully chosen by botanists, to create a sort of vertical garden or green façade, which would increase the building’s thermal performance and clean the air. According to Callebaut’s calculations the plants would capture 50 tons of C02 per year. The windows of the apartments would also have to be exchanged for energy saving ones to further improve the thermal performance of the building. Keeping the green façade flourishing would not be difficult at all, since there would be a drip-feed system that would require maintenance only twice a year. (more…)

By |March 13th, 2017|Green Building|0 Comments

Spacious Off-The-Grid Tiny home

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We have featured builds by Colorado-based Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses here before, mainly because their creations are always spot-on when it comes to small and sustainable homes. Their newest project, the recently completed 16 Foot Curved Roof Tiny House is no exception, and actually raises the bar when it comes to off-grid tiny homes. It’s spacious and light filled, yet still completely mobile. (more…)

By |March 9th, 2017|Green Building|0 Comments

France to Get a Solar Highway

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The French National Institute for Solar Energy (INES) in collaboration with Colas, a transport infrastructure company, is planning to cover about 621 miles (1000 km) of French roads with solar panels. The project was commissioned by France’s Agency of Environment and Energy Management and it is estimated to be completed within the next five years. The project is called the Wattway system and looks very promising. (more…)

By |March 6th, 2017|Green Tech|0 Comments

Expandable Tiny Home

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The main reason why tiny homes are often criticized is because they are so small. Well, the tiny home company Zero Squared from Canada has come up with an interesting solution. Their Aurora model is a mobile tiny home, which can be expanded at the push of a button much like most modern RVs do. This makes it both fully mobile, and more spacious than most other tiny homes on the market.

When folded up, the Aurora measures 8.5 ft (2.6 m) in width, which makes it perfectly road-worthy. But at the push of a button, the two longer sides expand out, giving it a width of 15 ft (4.6 m) and a total living area of 337 sq ft (31 sq m) which is quite roomy. These two extensions are operated with electric motors. (more…)

By |February 22nd, 2017|Modern design|1 Comment

A Tiny Home for a Family of Four

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Most people with a family would not even consider moving into a tiny home, but it might not be such a far-fetched idea, as the so-called Brown Bear tiny house, proves. The home was designed and built by Alpine Tiny Homes of Utah. Despite it’s diminutive size, it is still large and spacious enough to comfortably house a family of four. And best of all, it’s also easily towable and can function completely independent of the grid.

The Brown Bear tiny home measures 28 x 8 x 13.6 ft (8.5 x 2.4 x 4.14 m). The ground floor features a spacious kitchen and dining area, which takes up most of the space here. The kitchen is equipped with a sink, propane-powered cooker, and even a full-size refrigerator and freezer. There is also a breakfast bar that can sit all four family members at once, as well as lots of custom-built cabinet space. All the countertops are made of quartz. There is also a small lounge in this area that features a sofa and a TV. The bathroom is separated from the rest of the ground floor by a door, and features a full-size shower, sink, and a composting toilet. (more…)

By |February 13th, 2017|Modern design|1 Comment

Tiny Off-the-Grid Home That Follows the Sun

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Downsizing isn’t the only advantage of opting for a tiny home it seems. The Portland, Oregon-based firm Path Architecture has designed a unique tiny house, which is capable of rotating to follow the sun. Since a version of this home can be used completely off-the-grid, its ability to turn with the sun greatly increases the solar power harvesting potential.

The home is called simply 359, which is derived from the fact that it can be turned almost 360 degrees. It measures just 12 feet by 12 feet, for an area of 144 square feet. It does feature very high ceilings though, which makes up for the tiny footprint, and it is actually quite roomy inside. They are offering two versions, one which is designed to be connected to the grid and another that can be used off-the-grid. The latter is equipped with a solar power array mounted on the roof and a composting toilet. The on-grid version needs to be connected to city services for water and electricity, and features a normal flush toilet. (more…)

By |January 13th, 2017|Green Building|0 Comments