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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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I am a huge audiophile, music is everything to me. I could have music streaming from every possible corner of my house. Naturally, when I read about AirBulb, which is an LED light bulb and speaker in one, my curiosity was quickly aroused. The only question remains, does this green audio tech gadget serve any [continue reading…]

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Anyone who has a tankless water heater can attest – while the energy consumption (compared to a standard tank heater) is considerably lower, these systems tend to be rather unreliable when it comes to temperature control and maintenance itself. ISI Technology inventors claim they might just have the solution with their new technologically advanced HEATWORKS [continue reading…]

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We’ve all seen them and love them – those cozy recessed lights that are so popular around our homes. They are all the rage with builders and modern architects.  When selling a property, Realtors tend to point them out as one of the main features of the house. Well lit areas, nice shadows, what’s not [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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Are you still wearing gloves to protect yourself from chemicals in the kitchen?  Or perhaps worse, are you NOT wearing gloves to protect yourself from chemicals? Either way, you must be hearing about the increasing amount of research on the potential toxicity of common household detergents. What I’d like to offer you today is 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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