This story has been posted before but it’s very much worth posting again. Architect Gary Change has made small spaces work in a tremendously functional way – when you need a bedroom, simply move a wall. Most remarkable, he accomplished this work of functional beauty in an apartment measuring 330 square feet.
I had the privilege of visiting AORA’s launch of its hybrid modular “Tulip” CSP system at Spain’s solar energy development park outside of Almeria. What I saw was tremendously impressive. This affordable energy solution can be used in numerous places that don’t even have access to the electric grid. The potential for this technology sparks the imagination. AORA Cuts Blue Ribbon on Europe’s First Hybrid Micro CSP Demonstration (via Clean Technica)
Call it the new-age tent. The PODhouse, a prefabricated micro home, looks remarkably inviting and can offer an ideal place to settle for a night or weekend.
I happened upon a remarkable discovery today on the website of treehugger – the art of Brazilian artist and sculptor, Henrique Oliveira. He has fashioned exhilarating artifacts from the remains of plywood shavings. Take a look at some of this remarkable work on his website and read an enjoyable story from Kimberly Mok at treehugger.
For those sustainability designers and innovators wanting a net-zero product, take a look at the Chip House, a 2011 entry in the DoE’s Solar Decathlon, placing sixth.
Designed by husband and wife team Karl Wanaselja and Cate Leger of Leger Wanaselja Architecture, the upper outside walls of the house are made from over 100 salvaged car roofs. According to the architects, the roofs were sawed out of grey cars left for parts in local junkyards. The lower walls are clad in poplar bark, a waste product from the furniture industry of North Carolina. And the awnings are fabricated from junked Dodge Caravan side windows.
Some stories that are great stick like glue. This 2008 post from Susan Kraemer – “Hand-Build an Earth Shelter Home for $5,000” – remains one of the most popular items on Green Building Elements. The house, built by Simon Dale on a very small budget, is an inspiring tale we’re happy to republish on occasion.
In 2010, Americans recovered almost 65 million tons of MSW (excluding composting) through recycling. Composting recovered over 20 million tons of waste. We combusted about 29 million tons for energy recovery (about 12 percent). Subtracting out what we recycled and composted, we combusted (with energy recovery) or discarded 2.9 pounds per person per day. Source: US Environmental Protection Agency
Pictures worth a thousand words? Yes!
What a house, what a concept, what a challenge! Amid a heaping pile of press releases, Annie Kohut from Kohut Communications got my attention with this photo. Her accompanying note read: “One doesn’t often hear about sustainable design projects that are also historic preservation projects. But despite some preservationists who don’t believe that historic restoration can be accomplished sustainably, the restoration of a 19th century Italianate farmhouse demonstrates that historic restoration and green building principles do in fact complement one another.”…
For building purposes, let’s start with the issue of sustainability. Energy, economics, material use, land and water use are primary considerations any architect, developer, or owner should place on the design scales before starting anything, if they’re worth their designer salts, that is.
“The tester was impressed on how tight and energy efficient the home was. This home was sold on spec January 26, 2010. The highest energy bill we had on this home over a monthly period was $50.”