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NIST-House

NIST House looks and feels like a regular house but actually it is a state of the art Net Zero Energy residential test facility; a 2,700 square foot lab at the campus of National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in Gaithersburg, MD. Yes, a true energy nerd’s paradise. Folks who built it believe “Nothing [continue reading...]

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Honda Smart Home

Honda sees your Japanese “Smart Town,” Panasonic, and raises you an American “Smart House.” At the end of March, 2014, Honda revealed its Smart House on the University of California’s Davis campus. The University explained that the project is, “A Honda-developed home energy management system and an energy-efficient design that will allow the occupants to [continue reading...]

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edyn smart gardening system

One would think the last place the latest “smart” tech is going to end up is one’s garden but the solution inspired technology has caught up with us even in our dirt. “Connect, Cultivate, Thrive” is a slogan of Edyn – the smart garden system that lets you know what’s happening in your garden at [continue reading...]

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Solar Skin competition house- outdoor living

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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Maes Yr Onn sustainable farm

Europe tends to remain one step ahead of America as a leader in sustainable living practices. Carcrphilly County Borough in Wales is no exception. When a local family made the risky decision to move from their comfy, modern home in Ebbw Vale to an off-the-grid farmhouse in Blackwood, the Carcrphilly County Borough Council’s Rural Development [continue reading...]

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Big sure Micro Cabin

If you ever tried to book a reservation in Big Sur, California then you know first hand how scarce and expensive accommodations there can be.  If you really love the place (and you must), then why not a tiny personal get away with your own bed, chair and a desk? At least that is what [continue reading...]

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Beauty and Brains 1

Kristin Musgnug, an art Professor at the University of Arkansas and independent painter, wanted to extend her favored mix of beauty and brains to the construction of a self-sufficient home. Musgnug took her artistic skills and economic know-how and built her dream home, deliberate from the foundation to the fastigium. As with all housing, the [continue reading...]

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