8 tiny homes built tough for off-grid living

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A 1960s Swiss chalet is transformed into a whimsical off-grid home

Swiss architecture firm Frundgallina has dramatically transformed a rundown chalet in the Swiss Jura Mountains into a whimsical self-sufficient dwelling punctuated by a variety of differently sized gabled openings. The architects kept the structure’s exterior dimensions, however, rearranged the interior by dividing the floor plan into four sections measuring approximately 86 square feet each. The gabled home operates off grid and is equipped with a rainwater harvesting system.

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A striking concrete home in Ontario targets minimal environment impact

Toronto-based Teeple Architects has paired a beautiful but unusual site in Ontario with the sculptural Port Hope House, an award-winning residence that boasts a wide array of sustainable features. Located east of Toronto, the single-family rural home takes inspiration from the client’s 75-acre property that consists of a woodlot, a fallow field, an abandoned Grand Trunk railway cut and a steep cliff that falls into Lake Ontario. Built with long concrete walls, the Port Hope House appears like a… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Green-roofed vacation home embraces old-growth trees in the San Juan Islands

When Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects was asked to design a holiday getaway on the San Juan Islands of Washington state, the Seattle-based design firm didn’t take the easy way out. The site, which overlooks stunning views of Griffin Bay, includes three beautiful old-growth trees that Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects wanted to preserve—a different approach to that of the client’s previous architect, who suggested chopping down the trees. With the existing trees kept intact, the North… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The largest solar farm apiary in the US opens this week

An important feature of the design system known as permaculture is the concept of stacking functions, or finding multiple uses for the same space or resource. North Carolina-based PineGate Renewables is taking this principle to a new level with the opening of the largest solar farm apiary in the United States. Starting this week, the Eagle Point solar farm in Jackson County, Oregon will host 48 hives of honey bees underneath and between the solar panels. John Jacob of Old Sol Apiaries helped to determine… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

How to make American cities bike-friendly

If you live in a city, even one that offers public transportation, riding a bike can be a great option to get you to and from where you need to go. More and more people are opting for bicycles instead of cars, but most American cities are lagging behind when it comes to bike lanes and other features to make roads safer for bicyclists. Many cities ban cyclists from riding on the sidewalk and expect them to share the road with passing cars, without even the benefit of a bike lane. What can we do to… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

First paper straw factory in decades to open as UK bans plastic

As the United Kingdom moves forward with its planned ban on single-use plastic products, the first paper straw factory to open in decades is rising in Wales to meet the consumer need. Transcend Packaging, the owner and operator of the new plant, has already reached out to 1,361 McDonald’s restaurants throughout the United Kingdom, as well as other restaurants, to provide them with more environmentally friendly straws. “We spotted a huge opportunity, and we went for it,” Transcend sales and marketing… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

6 tents perfect for camping this summer

Summer is here, school is out and it’s time to start planning for those upcoming summer camping trips. If it’s time to retire your old tent and finally purchase a new one, finding the perfect tent can be tricky. Do you need something that works well in hot weather for those beach vacations, or something that will keep you warm in cooler climates? Do you need a tent that will work in both climates? If you’re on the hunt for a new tent, here are some of our favorite options that are perfect for your… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The City of London will be powered with 100% renewable energy by October 2018

The City of London, the historic “Square Mile” central district of London, will soon switch onto clean energy in a big way. Starting in October 2018, the City of London will source one hundred percent of its power needs from renewable energy sources by installing solar panels on local buildings as well as making investments in larger solar and wind projects and purchasing clean energy from the grid. Though no longer actually a square mile, closer now to 1.12 square miles, the City of London is a… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Michigan adopts most robust lead water rules in US

In the wake of the Flint crisis, Michigan is adopting new lead water rules — the strictest in the United States, according to Reuters. Lead service lines will have to be replaced, and the lead concentrations allowed in drinking water will be lower than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s standard. Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Michigan Senior Policy Advocate Cyndi Roper said in a statement, “There is no safe level of lead in drinking water, so despite some troubling loopholes,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building