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Eco friendly technology and techniques

Alleyway home in Toronto makes room splitting into 5 levels…


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Date: December 05, 2019

01) Alleyway home in Toronto makes room splitting into 5 levels


“Toronto is the fastest growing city in North America, but rather than simply grow up and out, city planners are relaxing zoning on its 250 kilometers of laneways so owners can turn garages and sheds into small downtown homes (limited to 8 meters wide (26 feet)).

Zeke Kaplan’s home had a 100-year-old shack occupying the lane before he began construction to convert it into a modern 2 bedroom home. As a contractor, he was prepared to bore through the backyard to connect services from the main house all the way back to the small secondary unit.

The new dwelling had to match the old footprint so Brock James (LGA Architectural Partners) cut levels into the space to create essentially 5 different floors making it all feel larger. Everything serves several functions: the stairs connecting the kitchen and living room are also storage and seating area; the entryway coat rack also serves as kitchen cabinets.

Citation:
http://lga-ap.com/

http://zzcontracting.com/

https://faircompanies.com/videos/alleyway-home-in-toronto-makes-room-splitting-into-5-levels/

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This Tiny Home Community Gives Homeless Veterans A Chance – Working To End Veteran Homelessness…


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Date: December 04, 2019

01) This Tiny Home Community Gives Homeless Veterans A Chance – Working To End Veteran Homelessness


“This amazing project gives temporary homes to veterans who are looking to get back on track. Sometimes, all it takes is a period of time for people to get back on their feet, these project attempts to do just that. These tiny homes are designed with the veteran in mind and the Tiny Home Tours team was happy to donate to the cause.

Their website – https://www.veteranscommunityproject.org/

Their Insta – https://www.instagram.com/vcp_hq/

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Unusual secret houses you won’t believe actually exist…


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Date: November 26, 2019

01) People Laughed at His House, Until They Went Inside


“Some houses look expensive on the outside. But for others behind closed doors, some owners have gone to ridiculous lengths, and spared no expense to create their outrageous secret hidden homes. People may laugh at them, but it means nothing to these creative people who built houses unlike any other.

Unusual secret houses you won’t believe actually exist. Featuring small hidden houses that hold big secrets inside. You better check out these strange houses with your own eyes.”

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Boyan Slat unveils The Ocean Cleanup Interceptor…


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Date: November 07, 2019

01) Boyan Slat unveils The Ocean Cleanup Interceptor


“On October 26 2019, Boyan Slat presented the plan to address the main source of ocean plastic: rivers. We aim to tackle the 1,000 most polluting rivers, responsible for about 80% of ocean plastic pollution, before the end of 2025.

https://theoceancleanup.com/rivers/

http://facebook.com/theoceancleanup

http://twitter.com/theoceancleanup

http://instagram.com/theoceancleanup

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This company can build move-in ready houses using a 3D printer…


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Date: November 05, 2019

01) This company can build move-in ready houses using a 3D printer


“We speak to Jason Ballad, co-founder of ICON, a company that is building non-profit houses with a 3D printer for just $4,000.”

I’m a bit skeptical about the price tag, but this is awesome.


Take a Look Inside America’s First 3D-Printer Home ICON Vulcan I:

“An inside look at the country’s FIRST EVER 3D printed home!

Rebecca Powers from the Center for Natural Living follows Jason Ballard, co-founder of ICON, for a guided tour during SXSW. Check out their website for more information about this innovative company!

https://www.iconbuild.com/

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10 Awesome Houseboats and Future Floating Homes…


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Date: October 24, 2019

01) 10 Awesome Houseboats and Future Floating Homes


“Today, we look a variety of houseboats, some available now, and some in the near future.

Highlights from this video include solar-powered houseboats, functional boat homes that use the water around them to keep heated and cooled, modular floating buildings, prefab houseboats with a minimal energy footprint, and floating hotel rooms.”

I think most of these qualify as tiny homes…if very expensive tiny homes.

I’d love to own one.

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Floating cities, the LEGO House and other architectural forms of the future – Bjarke Ingels…


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Date: October 18, 2019

01) Floating cities, the LEGO House and other architectural forms of the future – Bjarke Ingels


“Design gives form to the future, says architect Bjarke Ingels. In this worldwide tour of his team’s projects, journey to a waste-to-energy power plant (that doubles as an alpine ski slope) and the LEGO Home of the Brick in Denmark — and catch a glimpse of cutting-edge flood resilience infrastructure in New York City as well as an ambitious plan to create floating, sustainable cities that are adapted to climate change.”

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House of no walls by former Berlin wall…


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Date: October 17, 2019

01) House of no walls by former Berlin wall


“When Helle Schröder and Martin Janekovic (XTH-Berlin) signed a 199-year lease on some land along the old Berlin Wall, they had a permit to build a row house, but despite the two shared walls, they wanted something that felt airy and light-filled.

Solid glass and steel girders helped them avoid solid walls on the front and back of the home while inside they relied on drawbridges, slides and netting to keep floors and ceilings to a minimum.

The bedrooms are housed within two concrete elements, but even here one entire wall is a drawbridge that opens easily with hydraulics to allow light and air to flow smoothly. The top floor is a kitchen dining area lit from a huge skylight. A heat pump (pipes going 80 meters into the ground) heats the home and collected rainwater flushes the toilets.

XTH_Berlin: http://www.xth-berlin.de/

Love this home!

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Family wraps home in greenhouse to warm up Stockholm weather…


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Date: October 13, 2019

01) Family wraps home in greenhouse to warm up Stockholm weather


“The average temperature in Stockholm in January is -3°C (27°F). For Marie Granmar and Charles Sacilotto it can be much warmer thanks to the greenhouse that blankets their home.

“For example at the end of January it can be -2°C outside and it can be 15 to 20°C upstairs,” explains Sacilotto. He was inspired to build a house-in-a-greenhouse through his relationship with architect Bengt Warne who began designing the first Naturhus (Nature House) in 1974*.

Originally Sacilotto looked for an empty lot to build an entirely new Naturhus, but he eventually settled on an old summer house on the Stockholm archipelago. Using Warne’s design, he covered the small summer house, plus an addition, in 4 millimeter glass. The footprint of the greenhouse is nearly double that of the home, leaving plenty of room for a wrap-around garden, and since inside the bubble it’s a Mediterranean climate, the couple now grow produce atypical for Sweden (e.g. figs, tomatoes, cucumbers).

The favorite spot is the glass-covered roof deck. Since there’s no longer need for a roof, the couple removed it and now have a large space for sunbathing, reading or playing with their son on swings and bikes.

The greenhouse isn’t the only novel point to the Granmar-Sacilotto home. They are also completely independent from city sewage. Built by Sacilotto- an engineer by training-, the sewage system begins with a urine-separating toilet and uses centrifuges, cisterns, grow beds and garden ponds to filter the water and compost the remains.

* In the video, Granmar mentions architect Bengt Warne’s influence in the 1990s since this is the date he reached a larger audience with his book release.

Original story:
https://faircompanies.com/videos/stockholm-family-wraps-home-in-greenhouse-to-warm-up-weather/

I’ve had this very same idea, before…I love this idea.

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