New net-zero Solar Farmhouse from Deltec generates all its own energy

January 24, 2017 by  
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In these uncertain times of erratic weather and changing climate patterns, net-zero energy (or NZE) is quickly becoming the gold standard in green building. If you can generate all of your own energy on site, you never need to rely on the grid or worry about energy bills. The North Carolina prefab builders at Deltec launched a line of affordable net-zero energy homes last year to great fanfare from off-grid buffs around the U.S. Now we’re thrilled to see them introduce a brand new design to this collection; a charming, classically-styled Solar Farmhouse with all of the old-fashioned curb appeal, plus the futuristic technology that makes this home achieve net-zero energy.

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Arkansas university students designed this prefab cantilevering home for $136 per square foot

September 9, 2016 by  
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The modules were stacked perpendicular to one another, with the lower volume housing the kitchen, living and dining room and a small WC nestled under the stairs. A lightweight steel truss that run along the longer side of the module allow the projecting elements of the top volume. The entire house cost $136,000 to construct – $136 per square foot. Related: Blu Homes launches 16 new prefab home designs, including new tiny homes “By rotating the modules perpendicular to each other, three exterior spaces are created — two porches covered by the cantilevers and a roof deck above the kitchen on top of the lower module,” said the team. + Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design Via Dezeen

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Tenth of world’s wilderness destroyed in last 20 years, study finds

September 9, 2016 by  
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A tenth of the world’s wilderness has been lost since the early 1990s and if trends continue there could be no wilderness left on the planet by 2100, according to new study published in the journal Current Biology. The researchers found that an area twice the size of Alaska and half the size of the Amazon — 3.3 million square kilometres — has been destroyed by human activities such as large-scale land conversion, industrial activity and infrastructure development. That equals to approximately 9.6 percent of the world’s wilderness. The most losses have occurred in South America (29.6 percent loss) and Africa (14 percent loss). The researchers discovered that 30.1 million square kilometres (23.2 percent of the world’s terrestrial areas) now remains as wilderness.

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Affordable chandi gar homes made with recycled plastic bricks pop up in a matter of hours

September 9, 2016 by  
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People living in Karachi, Pakistan generate 12,000 metric tons of trash every day. To deal with the issue, many burn the garbage, which comes with a slew of environmental and health hazards. Nargis Latif, a local environmentalist, decided to do something about the burgeoning plastic waste in particular, transforming it into bricks that can be used to build homes ” in just a matter of hours .” Latif started the organization Gul Bahao , the ” Pakistan’s first research center on waste management ,” according to its website. Chandi ghar, or homes made from the recycled plastic bricks, are one of Gul Bahao’s innovations. According to the website, they have also worked on “instant compost,” a mobile toilet, and a method to purify water. Related: These LEGO-like recycled plastic bricks create sturdy homes for just $5,200 The plastic utilized in chandi ghar are mainly food wrappers discarded by factories often because of printing issues. Latif said while some shy away from the idea of living in houses made of waste, the trash she utilizes is clean. The homes are low cost as well: Gul Bahao receives 300 to 400 rupees per square foot (that’s about $2.90 to $3.80). To build a chandi ghar, strips of recycled plastic are put into a ” thermopore shell ” which is tied together to form the bricks. The bricks are then attached to wooden pillars to rapidly construct homes. Latif said in a video the homes are “modular” and “weatherproof,” and a two story house can be erected in just four to five hours. After an earthquake in 2005, chandi ghar were constructed as shelters for those who had lost homes. They’ve also been set up for families of patients at a hospital in the poor district of Tharparkar. Latif said the chandi ghar could also be beneficial for nomads who have traditionally lived in mud shelters. Residents of chandi ghars aren’t as susceptible to diseases they can be exposed to while living in mud shelters. Latif told Al Jazeera since 2005, over 150 chandi ghar have been built in Pakistan. She said, “You can make beautiful structures using rejected material…If you make such bricks, it’s bye-bye to pollution, climate change, and the melting glaciers. Because you’ve stopped burning garbage and plastic.” Via Al Jazeera Images via Gul Bahao

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Gorgeous solar-powered prefab can be easily picked up and moved almost anywhere

December 9, 2015 by  
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Energy-efficient Bert’s Box is a prefab luxury home that pops up in just one day

September 29, 2015 by  
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Australia’s first carbon-positive prefab house produces more energy than it consumes

February 23, 2015 by  
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Dwell on Design 2014: Register Early for America’s Largest Design Event to Save!

June 3, 2014 by  
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America’s largest design event, Dwell on Design , will be back at the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 20-22, 2014! Curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, this exciting three-day celebration of modern design will allow visitors to explore the latest and greatest design trends, tour some of the area’s most coveted homes, attend thought-provoking conversations, and network face-to-face with industry leaders. To secure your spot at the show and save , register early here and use promo code INHABITAT14 for $5 off! Read the rest of Dwell on Design 2014: Register Early for America’s Largest Design Event to Save! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , design in la , design shows , dwell , dwell magazine , dwell on design , Dwell on Design 2014 , furniture design , home furnishing shows , interior design , interior design shows , la , LA Convention Center , la design , Los Angeles , los angeles design , modern design , modern furniture , prefab house , Prefab Housing

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America’s largest design event, Dwell on Design , will be back at the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 20-22, 2014! Curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, this exciting three-day celebration of modern design will allow visitors to explore the latest and greatest design trends, tour some of the area’s most coveted homes, attend thought-provoking conversations, and network face-to-face with industry leaders. To secure your spot at the show and save , register early here and use promo code INHABITAT14 for $5 off! Read the rest of Dwell on Design 2014: Register Early for America’s Largest Design Event to Save! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , design in la , design shows , dwell , dwell magazine , dwell on design , Dwell on Design 2014 , furniture design , home furnishing shows , interior design , interior design shows , la , LA Convention Center , la design , Los Angeles , los angeles design , modern design , modern furniture , prefab house , Prefab Housing

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Zip Kit Homes are Efficient Streamlined Prefab Houses Out of Utah

October 15, 2013 by  
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