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Leak and Pipe Burst Protection For Everyone? There’s an App for that


The modern home bristles with safety and home protection devices and technology.  Smoke Detectors, Carbon Monoxide detectors, burglary alarms, and electrical circuit breakers just to name a few.

Are Mega-Buildings the Future of Our Cities?


Cities of the future will almost certainly need to be both larger and much more sustainable than they currently are.

Apartment Building Made of Shipping Containers Goes Up in Washington DC


Washington D.C. recently got it’s first piece of residential shipping container architecture in the form of a Brookland apartment building.

Micro Urban Shelter Made of Salvaged Materials And Intended For All to Use


Most cities have an abundance of alleys and other abandoned areas, which could, in most cases be transformed into something more useful, such as a garden, or tiny apartments.

Art School Built Using Shipping Containers


One of the benefits of using shipping containers as architectural building blocks is the ease with which they can be shaped into any kind of building, even one with a completely unique design.

Scientists Combine Solar Cell and Battery into a Single Highly Efficient Package


A team of researchers at the Ohio State University (OSU) successfully produced a dye-sensitized solar cell, which can store power by using air to decompose and re-form lithium peroxide.

A Great Tiny House Goes up in Washington DC


Living tiny is all about sacrificing the non-essentials and learning how to make do with less space. But just because a home is small does not have to mean that it’s also cramped.

A New Water Saving Showerhead


Making a home water efficient often comes down to they type of showerheads that are installed. To combat water waste when showering, a California-based company has come up with an innovative showerhead called Eva.

Sustainable Modular Homes by Modscape


At first glance, the Tintaldra House developed by modular homebuilder Modscape, looks a lot like an example of shipping container architecture.

MIT’s New Concrete Formula Could Cut Carbon Emissions by Half


Being one of the most common construction materials, concrete makes up a large percentage of the world’s carbon emissions.

Who Wants to Live in a Maintenance Free House?


Next to mortgage payments and building costs, maintenance costs are another expensive aspect of owning a home.

Shipping Containers Used to Create a Modern Residence and Home Office


A few years ago, the architecture firm Building Lab, completed the renovation of an old warehouse into a home and office.

Couple Downsizes in a Shipping Container Home


Photos via faircompanies.com Luke Iseman and Heather Stewart, a couple from San Francisco grew tired of paying high rents, so they decided to build a home out of a shipping container.

Billboard Homeless Shelters Might Soon be a Reality


In early 2014 the company DesignDevelop proposed Project Gregory, which involved building shelters around billboards.

Lovely Tiny Home in the Middle of the Forest


Carpenter Dave Herrle, based in Westbrook, Connecticut recently built this tiny, beautiful house deep in the woods.

Zero Emission Building Capable of Producing Almost Three Times the Energy it Uses


The recently completed Zero Emission Buildings (ZEB) Pilot House, designed by the architecture firm Snøhetta in partnership with Norway’s Research Center on Zero Emission Buildings, is a family home that is capable of producing nearly three times as much energy as is required to power it.

Quebec Couple Builds a Home Using Four Shipping Containers


Photos via www.cbc.ca Kirk Finken and Natalie Fraser of Luskville, Quebec recently finished building a home out of recycled shipping containers.

ENERGY STAR Makes a Difference in Local Communities


When we think about energy efficiency, we often think about choosing an energy efficient light bulb, appliance or television and getting savings on monthly utility bills while reducing our carbon footprint.

Shipping Container Homes That Are Not Actually Made From Shipping Containers


Shipping container architecture might be all the rage right now, but there are some who maintain that using these transportation units to build homes out of might not be the best idea.

Breakthrough News for Improving Concentrated Solar Power Plants


The efficiency of photovoltaic or concentrated solar power (CSP) plants depends on how much light can be captured and turned into electricity or heat.


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