Cottonwood Meadow Hybrid Container Home on Sierra Nevada Blueberry Farm
Aug01

Cottonwood Meadow Hybrid Container Home on Sierra Nevada Blueberry Farm

Kyle and Hannah have been building a hybrid container home in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California where they are attempting to grow blueberries. Their blog at CottonwoodMeadow.blogspot.com chronicles the design, site preparation, and construction of the home that incorporates shipping containers with traditional construction methods and their previous home that was relocated onto the [...] Kyle and Hannah have been building a...

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Vantem Panels Introduces Net-Zero Kit House: SmartHomze
Aug01

Vantem Panels Introduces Net-Zero Kit House: SmartHomze

Vermont-based Vantem Panels, one of the United States’ first producers of SIPs (structural insulated panels) and one of three American producers of urethane panels, has released the first affordable net-zero energy kit homes: SmartHomze. With an estimated $150 per square foot cost of construction (not including permits, site work, or foundation), SmartHomze are significantly more [...] Vermont-based Vantem Panels, one of the United...

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Portland’s Caravan is First Tiny House Hotel in USA
Aug01

Portland’s Caravan is First Tiny House Hotel in USA

Tiny houses have found homes as hotel rooms at Caravan Tiny House Hotel, which celebrated its grand opening in the Alberta Arts District, a neighborhood in northeast Portland, Oregon, on July 27, 2013. Owners Deb Delman and Kol Peterson say that one of the goals of Caravan is to showcase the tiny home lifestyle. Three [...] Tiny houses have found homes as hotel rooms at Caravan Tiny House Hotel, which celebrated its grand opening in...

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LEED Platinum Texas Home Has Net-Zero Water Use
Aug01

LEED Platinum Texas Home Has Net-Zero Water Use

This 3,600 square feet home in Leon Springs, Texas is LEED Platinum-certified and features several affordable green building strategies that contribute to its net-zero water use. The homeowners asked architect Karla Greer (of Lake Flato Architects of San Antonio, Texas) for a sustainable home that celebrated nature and provided space for entertaining and energy-efficient living. [...] This 3,600 square feet home in Leon Springs, Texas...

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DOM(E) is Sustainable Geodesic Prefab for Any Location
Aug01

DOM(E) is Sustainable Geodesic Prefab for Any Location

No Rules Just Architecture has created DOM(E), an prefabricated off-grid home that is an eco-friendly and portable shelter. DOM(E) provides optimal living conditions no matter where it is located and is less expensive than traditional construction, while making the best use of natural energy resources. DOM(E) can be folded for transport and assembled on-site. Its [...] No Rules Just Architecture has created DOM(E), an prefabricated...

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SHADE is Solar Home Adapting for Desert Equilibrium
Jul18

SHADE is Solar Home Adapting for Desert Equilibrium

Team ASUNM, a collaborative effort between Arizona State University and University of New Mexico, has come together to address the inefficiencies of urban sprawl and to create a model for sustainable desert living that has been dubbed SHADE (Solar Home Adapting for Desert Equilibrium), which is an entry in the Solar Decathlon 2013 competition that [...] Team ASUNM, a collaborative effort between Arizona State University and University...

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