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24 Square-Foot Home Goes Mainstream

Gypsy Junker, a 24 square-foot shack built by Derek Diedricksen, recently hit the New York Times and the article is blowing up right now.  The Gray Lady published some excellent photos, which you can see in the Home & Garden section.

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Better Because You’re Here [Video]

There’s a YouTube channel with four videos of William McDonough’s “Deep Dive” at West Coast Green 2010.  All of them are worth watching, but I thought it would be worthwhile to share the one about NASA’s innovative Sustainability Base in Silicon Valley.

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Blue Crest Prefab Set in Austin [Video]

Austin-based Ma Modular, an offshoot of design-build firm KRDB, is on a mission to make affordable modern homes. Ma has a few modular projects that we’d like to mention in the near future, including this one under construction right now, the Blue Crest House.

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Air Duct Cleaning Scams [Dateline NBC]

Chris Hansen and Dateline NBC just aired a hidden-camera report on fraud in the world of air duct cleaning.  The fraudsters who perpetrate these scams dupe owners — some of them vulnerable or aged — out of clean ducts and into a bill that’s ten-fold higher than advertised.

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Bladeless Vibro-Wind Panels of the Future

There’s a lot of innovation in the wind technology sector and this bladeless concept could be a game changer in the next few years.  In fact, “Turbine-free wind power” was placed on the NY Times Magazine‘s annual Year in Ideas list with this video explaining the idea.

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Building an Austin Tiny House [Video]

Austin-based documentary filmmaker and instructional designer Jim Bruno was kind enough to tell me about his new short film entitled “Louis Burns & Austin Tiny House.”  The subject is Louis Burns and his reflections building a tiny house.  Burns built the minimalist, Spartan space in a plug-and-play style — all it needs is a heavy-duty extension cord and garden hose.

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