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While making great leaps forward, the modern passive house concept has intersected with historical values in South Surrey. Wanting a house that met the standards for a passive house, the world’s most rigorous efficiency standard, but also requiring a structure that would house three generations at once, the family behind British Columbia’s South Surrey passive [continue reading…]

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Straw buildings have come a long way from the days when all it took was a huff and puff to blow them right down. 21St century straw homes are not only beautiful and eco-friendly, but also sturdy enough to withstand any hyperventilating wolf. ModCell, a British builder, is taking the age-old concept of straw-bale construction [continue reading…]

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So what if I were to tell you that it’s possible to avoid the whole house decorating madness and jump straight into a pre-made home fully furnished and built with sustainable building materials? That’s exactly what Harvard School of Design graduates are attempting to do with their company, Connect Homes. They have designed an online [continue reading…]

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German architect Werner Aisslinger has come up with a revolutionary new concept – a tiny (420 square foot) prefab cubic building that can be delivered anywhere via truck or freight helicopter. This “mobile home for urban nomads”, as its creator describes it, can be set up in just 2 days, and takes half that time [continue reading…]

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A California-based modular design company Simpatico Homes, is pioneering an affordable, sustainable and infinitely customizable system based around a series of modular building blocks. These homes combine the budget-friendliness and flexibility of the best modular systems with a sleek, modern design that completely de-stigmatizes the modular concept. The founder Seth Krubiner grew up in a [continue reading…]

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You can huff and puff but you won’t blow these straw houses down.  Prefabricated straw bale construction might sound like something from “The Three Little Pigs” but it’s an innovative building technique that is being implemented in several countries to construct passive homes and buildings. Some form of straw bale construction has been around since [continue reading…]

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Prefabricated homes aren’t really that new of a concept in the building market. For many decades now, modular prefabricated homes have been built and sold as a less expensive alternative to buying a home on the market. The difference today is that prefab has become trendy. With a bit of an aesthetic facelift and a [continue reading…]

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