Cube Haus seeks to solve the housing crisis with affordable prefab homes

May 9, 2018 by  
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Many large cities are struggling with severe housing issues, and one new startup is proposing an architectural solution. Developer Cube Haus – founded by Philip Bueno de Mesquita and Paul Tully – has commissioned four architects to design affordable, modular houses that can be configured to fit into empty urban areas of varying sizes. Working with different designers and architects, Cube Haus aims provide affordable housing in urban areas such as London. The architects’ proposals include a number of styles and designs, but all of the houses are based on a modular construction model , which enables them to adapt to the square footage limits of each site. Related: Largest-ever modular Gomos building to be completed in just a few months International architecture firm Adjaye Associates submitted a beautiful multi-story timber structure that can be adapted to fit on a typical London terrace. The interior has an open floor plan that offers the ultimate in flexibility, and a large patio area provides natural light. The structure could be built as high as adjacent buildings to blend in with the existing architecture. London-based designer Faye Toogood ‘s concept envisions a simple single-unit volume with dual-pitched roofs, clad either in galvanized steel or charred timber. A light wood interior with an open floor plan would be illuminated with natural light thanks to large vertical windows. London firm Carl Turner Architects submitted two designs for the project. The first is a one-story, extended bungalow with bright yellow skylights that flood the interior space with natural light. The second design is a two-story townhouse, clad in brick and timber and topped with two separate pitched roofs that face two different directions. An open-air terrace between the roofs can serve as a rooftop garden or social space. Lastly, Skene Catling de la Peña ‘s proposal includes a stone-clad home with a timber interior . At the heart of the interior design is a vertical, green-tiled chimney with a cast-iron fireplace. The Cube Haus project is committed to using these five innovative prototypes to create a portfolio of varied building types that can be scaled to size for larger, multi-family spaces or single-unit use. All of the buildings will be constructed with cross-laminated timber with components manufactured off-site in the UK. + Cube Haus + Adjaye Associates + Faye Toogood + Skene Catling de la Peña + Carl Turner Architects Via Dezeen Images via Cube Haus

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New Ebola outbreak strikes the Democratic Republic of the Congo

May 9, 2018 by  
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The deadly virus Ebola has returned to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). A new outbreak of Ebola stuck the northwest town of Bikoro with 21 suspected cases of the virus. Out of five samples sent to the DRC’s National Institute of Biomedical Research (INRB) , only two were positive for Ebola. In 1976, the first case of Ebola was documented in the DRC, and there has been nine outbreaks of the virus since then. The unprecedented Ebola outbreak in West Africa from 2014 to 2016 infected 28,000, killed 11,000 and shocked the world. However, the virus ‘s latest reemergence in the DRC is no reason to panic. Previous outbreaks in the DRC have been contained thanks in part to the country’s vast, largely inaccessible land area, which inhibits travel and trade between towns. The DRC’s last Ebola outbreak occurred in the village of Likati in 2017, however the virus was contained within forty-two days. Related: Ebola mutated to become even deadlier during recent outbreak Led by Jean-Jacques Muyembe Tamfum, the first scientist to document Ebola, the INRB is experienced in responding to Ebola outbreaks. “We’re advanced in public health ,” an epidemiologist at the INRB told the Atlantic . “If you compare us with Europe or the U.S., eh, but here in Africa, we are high. We have experience.” Early monitoring and reporting is key to success. “We have a surveillance system that works,” Kinshasa School of Public Health leader Emile Okitolonda said. “Here, nurses know that if they see a suspected case, they report it.” The INRB will also receive expert assistance from the World Health Organization and Médecins Sans Frontières in responding to Ebola. The primary challenge in the DRC is a lack of resources – a problem that may be exacerbated by President Trump ‘s recent request to cut $252 million in funding for international Ebola relief. Congress must decide within 45 days whether to act on Trump’s request. If they do nothing, as they are wont to do, the funding will remain in place. + INRB Via The Atlantic Images via Wikimedia Commons and Depositphotos

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North Americas first fully prefabricated passive houses could revolutionize the housing market

June 13, 2016 by  
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The Ecocor-RPA partnership launched today with the unveiling of eleven prefabricated passive house model home designs that range from a 323-square-foot one-bedroom cabin to a 2,685-square-foot three to four-bedroom house. Passive House , a term which refers to a set of rigorous standards for ultra low-energy homes that provide high levels of comfort, has been used by manufacturers in numerous European countries but has yet to be popularly adopted in North America. Ecocor is the first company in North America to begin manufacturing prefabricated Passive Houses, and is also the only company in the continent to have Passive House Institute (PHI)-certified opaque prefabricated building components. Ecocor’s foundation and wall designs can reduce energy consumption for heating and cooling buildings by an incredible 80 to 90 percent. “Richard Pedranti and I are looking to establish industry best practices for delivering beautiful certified Passive Homes in the United States,” said Chris Corson, Founder and Technical Director at Ecocor. “RPA’s designs combined with Ecocor’s state-of-the-art equipment and proven processes allows us to deliver the highest quality energy efficient homes available domestically.” The homes will be built in a controlled environment at the Ecocor factory before they are delivered and assembled on sites evaluated and optimized for Passive House construction. The prefabrication and assembly process minimizes construction time and site disturbance . Related: 12 brilliant prefab homes that can be assembled in three days or less In addition to the eleven house models, clients will have the chance to work with RPA to design a unique and custom Passive House build. Any changes in design will be plugged directly into Building Information Modeling (BIM) software, which reduces costs and shortens the pre-construction phase. That data is directly integrated into the manufacturing software used in the machines that build the home’s prefabricated components. Ecocor and RPA aim for PHI and Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) certification for all the Passive Houses produced. + Ecocor + Richard Pedranti Architect

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12 gorgeous prefab homes assembled in just three days or less

March 16, 2016 by  
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Inhabitat Tours Blu Homes’ First Prefab Breezehouse on America’s East Coast (PHOTOS)

January 29, 2013 by  
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Blu Homes has opened their first prefab Breezehouse on the east coast of the United States and Inhabitat editor and founder Jill Fehrenbacher was given an exclusive tour. Located in Copake, New York, the 2,420 square-feet home is the first of twelve located on an eco-development overlooking the verdant Berkshire Mountains. Solar-ready and super energy efficient, the prefabricated Breezehouse is also LEED Silver certifiable. Hit the jump for more details and browse through our gallery for a closer look at our exclusive photos of this gorgeous new eco-home. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “prefabricated housing” , blu homes , blue homes breezehouse , breeze house , breezehouse , california architecture , Copake , green architecture , green design , Green prefab , home , Kaufmann designs , leed prefabs , michelle kaufmann , modern prefabs , modular home , new york architecture , prefab homes nyc , prefabricated homes , upstate New York

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Rekindle’s Recycled Furniture Gives Second Life to Earthquake-Damaged Wood in New Zealand

January 29, 2013 by  
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Scientists Trick Iron-Eating Bacteria into “Breathing” Electrons in Effort to Create Biofuels

January 29, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Scientists have developed a technique to “trick” common iron-eating bacteria into capturing electrons which the bacteria uses to grow. Typically the bacteria contributes to corrosion of steel pipelines, bridges and ships, but instead the researchers at the University of Minnesota’s BioTechnology Institute used electrons from an electrode to make the bacteria “breathe.” It’s hoped that the method could be combined with renewable energy sources to developed sustainable biofuels . Scientists Daniel Bond, Zarath Summers and Jeffrey Gralnick of the University of Minnesota’s BioTechnology Institute used the co-called electrochemical cultivation to grow iron-oxidizing bacteria without any presence of iron. By adding marine oxidizer Mariprofundus ferrooxydans PV-1, along with some nutrient medium to an electrode, the bacteria was tricked into consuming electrons as if it were in its natural, iron-saturated environment. The bacteria absorbed electrons directly from the electrode, which enabled it to capture carbon dioxide and multiply. “It’s a new way to cultivate a microorganism that’s been very difficult to study. But the fact that these organisms can synthesize everything they need using only electricity makes us very interested in their abilities,” said Daniel Bond. By funneling electricity generated from renewables to iron-oxidizing bacteria that combines it with carbon dioxide, scientists would be able to create and store biofuels, along with other useful products. The actual process of converting energy in electricity into a product that could be stored in a tank requires additional research, according to Bond. The research will be published in the January issue of mBio , an online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. + American Society for Microbiology Via Phys.org Photos from Wikimedia Commons

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Recycled Shipping Pallet Pavilion Springs Up in Christchurch, New Zealand

January 28, 2013 by  
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Christchurch, New Zealand suffered a number of devastating earthquakes in the past 2 years, which left almost 200 people dead and thousands without a home. Now artists and architects are rebuilding the city with innovative projects that seek to revitalize open spaces. One of these brilliant projects is the Summer Pallet Pavilion in central Christchurch – an impressive venue made entirely from recycled materials and wooden shipping pallets . Gap Filler collaborated with emerging designers, established professionals, architects and numerous volunteers to create this self-contained space, which is covered in plants and features a stage, several counters/table and a large amount of seating. It is incredible that even in a city that has been reduced to rubble, there is so much inspiration and innovation leading the drive to rebuild. + Pallet Pavilion + Gap Filler Via Rincarnation The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , Christchurch , green architecture , green design , New Zealand , pallet pavilion , Recycled Materials , recycled shipping pallets , salvaged pallets , shipping pallets , sustainable design

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Connect:Homes 2.0 Is a Contemporary Customizable and Sustainable Prefabricated Home!

June 29, 2012 by  
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Austrian Hans Sapperlot Turns Traditional Loden Fabric Into Cool Knit Furniture Designs

June 29, 2012 by  
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The Austrian designers at  Hans Sapperlot have given traditional loden fabric a cool and modern twist. By creating ‘invisible’ stitches in the woolen material, they turn the simple textile into a textured wonder. Their Smok range includes chairs, lamps and carpets, but we can think of plenty of new uses for this soft and biodegradable fabric! Read the rest of Austrian Hans Sapperlot Turns Traditional Loden Fabric Into Cool Knit Furniture Designs Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , Austria , Decorative Objects , eco wool , Hans Sapperlot , loden , recycling / compost , smok , Sustainable Upholstery , texture , wool , wool textiles

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