Compact OffGridBox provides drinking water and power where it’s needed most

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An Italian company has developed a compact solution for communities that lack access to clean drinking water and electricity – the OffGridBox. Measuring 6x6x6 feet, the container box features everything necessary to generate, convert and store solar energy, as well as collect, treat and distribute clean drinking water. But the system does have drawbacks – including a $15,000 price point that’s hard to justify in certain corners of the world. Read on to learn how the founders are trying to make their… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Compact floating cabin pops up in extreme remote locations

Russian firm BIO-architects recently unveiled their latest modern modular cabin—and this one floats on water. Prefabricated offsite, the DD16 house was dropped on a lake near Moscow and is lightweight and durable enough to float and withstand harsh winter extremes. Designed for remote locations, the off-grid cabin uses solar energy for electricity, draws fresh water from the lake, and uses a composting toilet for waste.

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The 16-square-meter DD16 cabin is… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Airstream unveils super compact, lightweight travel trailer for $30K

Light as a feather! Airstream has just unveiled the ultra-lightweight Nest, a 16-foot travel trailer that weighs just 2,500 pounds. The company has ditched its iconic polished aluminum for a molded fiberglass in order to create the ultimate in minimalist campervan design.

Although the beloved trailer manufacturer has stayed true to its shiny silver aluminum cladding for almost a century, Nest’s molded fiberglass body makes the camper much lighter and more aerodynamic. At just 2,500… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Couple converts 16-year-old van into a compact solar home on wheels

Thanks to new technologies, generations of digital nomads can replace their conventional houses with practical, mobile homes powered by renewable energy sources. This was the case with freelancer photographer Norbert Juhász and his fiancée Dora, a writer, who bought a 16-year-old van and transformed it into a solar-powered compact home on wheels which will take them all the way from Budapest to Morocco.

While the exterior of the van is unremarkable, its interior packs all the amenities the couple… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The world’s “most compact folding bike” fits in your carry-on luggage

Imagine having a bike able to fold up so small, you could bring it on an airplane in carry-on luggage. That’s the Kwiggle, a vehicle designed by German engineer Karsten Bettin. The Kwiggle rides like a mixture of walking and biking, and can be folded up and rolled alongside a rider, or be stowed under a subway seat or airplane overhead compartment.

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