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I N THE rough-hewn hall of the Little Yarra Steiner School in Yarra Junction, environmental architect Michael Reynolds is fielding questions from a crowd of would-be disciples. And he’s hearing a familiar lament. “We want to build an Earthship, but we’ve spent 4½ years trying to get planning approval,” says a man in his late 30s. “We originally wanted to follow your principles very closely but realised there were some things we just had to compromise.
The map above shows the places where we do not have the freedom to build a carbon zero home for our families without going through a tremendous amount of red tape, and effort, and time, and money.
An innovative housing development is set to get underway in Dunedin, Florida that will see the creation of the first affordable LEED Certified Net Zero Energy townhome development in the US.
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Remember the efficient and affordable Pallet House from last spring? Well designers Andreas Claus Schnetzer and Pils Gregor have bested their original design with an even lower-cost shipping pallet home that was completed this year in South Africa.
By Daily Mail Reporter
This is journey into the tiny homes of people searching for simplicity, self-sufficiency, minimalism and happiness by creating shelter in caves, converted garages, trailers, tool sheds, river boats and former pigeon coops. Basically, Dirksen made a documentary on people living in tiny houses. For around five years she was traveling the world and filming these segments.
Not only is this highly unusual-looking vehicle a hand-made camper – it runs on electricity. Built from plywood, fiberglass, epoxy resin, bicycle parts and an electric motor, ‘Golden Gate’ by San Francisco artist Jay Nelson is reminiscent of all of those amazing hand-crafted house trucks from the 1970s, but with a very modern power source. The tiny camper measures just 96″x54″x64″, making it just large enough inside to lay down on the bed platform.
by Vincent Baudoin on January 17, 2013 Lighting is one of the most important ways to define a space and make it feel comfortable and inviting. It’s also an opportunity to indulge your creativity and individuality.
Shipping containers meet a variety of requirements: Modern. Check. Low-cost. Check.