Reciprocity House is Worth Watching

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Maison Reciprocity, or Reciprocity House, is one of the entrants in this year’s Solar Decathlon Europe competition. In a nutshell, it is an energy-efficient, highly sustainable modular home, which aims to set the standard of low cost, and low impact building in the future. It is a joint effort between Appalachian State University and the French Université d’Angers, and one of only two entries into the competition by US teams this year.
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By |September 29th, 2014|Solar|1 Comment

Ekocenters Made of Shipping Containers Bringing Clean Water to Areas in Need

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In late 2013, Coca Cola in partnership with several global and local organizations, began deploying so-called Ekocenters, which are primarily mobile clean water sources. These Ekocenters are build out of shipping containers and their main aim is purifying water and delivering it to developing communities across the world with a special focus on groups within the Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP), which is the largest, and also poorest socio-economic group in the world, comprised of about 4 billion people living on less than $2 a day.
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By |September 1st, 2014|Container Design|1 Comment

Clinic Built From a Repurposed Shipping Container

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Building Trust International recently announced the winners of the 2014 Moved To Care competition. The competition called for a solution for providing healthcare in rural areas of Asia, and the student winner of the competition was Christopher Knitt of the University of Wisconsin for his design of Reflex, a clinic made from a repurposed shipping container that can easily be deployed anywhere. Apart from being upcycled, this clinic can also operate off-the-grid and invites the participation of the local community in its deployment.
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By |August 21st, 2014|Container Design|0 Comments

The First European LEED Platinum Home

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The LEED Platinum for homes rating is quite rare. In fact, the recently completed Italian BioCasa 82 is the first home in Europe to receive this high rating. BioCasa82 was designed by the Italian firm Rosario Picciotto Architects and constructed by Welldom, a company that specializes in green building. It is located in Montebelluna, a town near Venice, Italy.
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By |August 13th, 2014|LEED|0 Comments

Sustainable San Francisco Home is Turning Green

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Not long ago the San Francisco firm Fougeron Architecture designed and built a high-end home along the Northern California coastline. The place is called Fall House, and its most notable feature is certainly the façade, which is made of copper. It’s a little similar to a shipping container home, while Fall House also boasts of a number of other sustainable features. It will also literally turn green due to the exposure of the copper façade to the elements. The side that is not clad in copper is all glass and offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.
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By |August 4th, 2014|Modern architecture|1 Comment

The SpaTap Portable Shower is Super Simple and Super Smart

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One of the problems faced by anyone trying to live a simple and sustainable life is certainly trying to conserve as much water as possible without sacrificing hygiene. Enter the SpaTap, which is an incredibly simple and ingenious solution to taking a shower or washing your hands off-the-grid. All that it needs to work is a plastic water bottle, which is a widely available item, to which you attach the SpaTap for water efficient showers, hand washes or food preparation.
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By |August 3rd, 2014|Green Tech|0 Comments