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In some circumstances you really can have too much of a good thing, or so utility company representatives are saying. With the cost of energy continuing to rise, more homeowners are converting to renewable energy like solar power. Especially if you live in Hawaii, where grid-tethered homes pay triple what most continental states pay. That [continue reading...]

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Just when you’re thinking one can not re-invent a flowerpot… it happens. Some genius Spaniard, while sipping on Sangria during noon siesta, looks at the plant that is half bathing in the sun and has an epiphany – why not tilt the flowerpot so that the entire plant is facing the sun? Heck, why not [continue reading...]

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While Styrofoam may be just about the last thing that comes to mind when it comes to eco-friendly materials, it turns out that it can be used to build a surprisingly energy-efficient, low-cost home. In fact, the very thing which makes it such a nightmare in landfills—the fact that it is very slow to degrade—makes [continue reading...]

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The innovative Dutch have once again prevailed with an impressive green technology that they’ve unveiled to the world. In the Netherlands’s constant effort to encourage cultural energy-neutrality, a team of student scientists from Delft University of Technology have developed a solar “skin,” a housing cover that will make homes more sustainable and energy-neutral. The project [continue reading...]

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Talk about a place worthy of Guinness Book of Records and you might as well add a 6000 square foot house in Graceville, Australia that was built out thirty one freight shipping containers. This unique, three story steel mansion is a product of Todd Miller of ZeilgerBuild Architecture. Personally, I don’t “dig” homes built out [continue reading...]

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In our quest for a greater sustainable living we have looked to the future for the clean, green technologies to provide us with the requirements of an ever-expanding human population. Now, we are looking to the past at some older building methods and modernising them with newer (yet eco-friendly) materials to create the home of [continue reading...]

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Eco-conscious lifestyles are no longer the choice of just “hippies” and “tree-huggers.” More and more folks are changing their way of living in order to leave a smaller footprint and, more often than not, save themselves some cash. A prime example of an up and coming lifestyle shift is the introduction of hemp housing. That’s [continue reading...]

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Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, metal to… a new house? When the city announced plans to demolish the eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, many mourned the loss of this 76-year-old icon, but one local tech entrepreneur saw it as the opportunity to take on the ultimate recycling project – turning the [continue reading...]

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A team of students from Santa Clara University designed the 980-square foot Radiant House which was entered in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2013 Solar Decathlon. While their entry did not win first place in this competition to design and build energy-efficient sun-powered homes, it got the highest rating of any entry for comfort and [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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