BIG designs a high-end tiny house that goes off-grid

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Bjarke Ingels Group has revealed images for the firm’s first-ever tiny house—the A45—designed for the prefab-housing startup Klein. Inspired by the traditional A-frame cabin, the A45 takes on an angular form conducive to rain run-off and easy construction. The 180-square-foot timber cabin boasts a completely customizable interior design and can be built within four to six months in any location.

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Tesla Semi goes on its first production cargo trip, transporting battery packs

The Tesla Semi recently hit the roads on its very first production cargo trip, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who posted a picture to social media. The image showed two of the heavy duty trucks, which Musk said would ferry battery packs from the Nevada Gigafactory to the California car factory.

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New Enphase solar inverters could power homes without batteries even if the grid goes down

Most residential solar energy inverters shut off for safety reasons if the grid powers down. But Enphase Energy could offer inverters that allow a home to continue to be powered by solar if the grid crashes. According to Electrek, Enphase’s Chief Product Officer Raghu Belur even suggested the inverters could let solar energize a home without a grid or batteries.

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Magical Cape Cod-style cottage perched on NYC rooftop goes on sale for $3.5M

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NYC’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral goes green with new geothermal plant

When St. Patrick’s Day revelers parade past St. Patrick’s Cathedral on NYC’s 5th Avenue this Friday, they might not be aware that they will be celebrating a renewable energy future for the famous landmark. Last month, the Archdiocese of New York announced that the historic cathedral activated a new geothermal plant that will reduce the building’s energy consumption by more than 30 percent and reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 94,000 kilograms. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Renovated California cabin with star-studded history goes up for sale

This renovated lodge-inspired house preserves the star-studded legacy of the original structure and combines glamour–the house served as a fabled retreat for several Hollywood icons-and the quaint quality of a countryside lifestyle. The original home was built for 1923 silent movie “The Courtship of Miles Standish”, and was owned by Daryl Hannah before the current owner decided to renovate and expand. The owners commissioned architect Chris Peck, interior designer Lisa Strong, builder Eric Dobkin… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Hard-won Paris climate agreement officially goes into force

Related: UN warns of 3C global temperature increase without swift and aggressive global leadership

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8 Goes Green – “Green Burials”

There is a “green” option for burials. I covered company called “Pushing Up Daisies” that offers an affordable and environmentally friendly way to bury loved ones.