NY man spends 6 years building this incredible, energy-efficient hobbit home

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Steve Areen’s incredible DIY wagon home built with mostly recycled materials

Steve Areen is one of those people who turns everything into gold. And by gold, I mean magic. I mean soul. We saw it with his lovely dome house in Thailand, and now, what was supposed to be a simple dwelling under the stars in Australia has evolved into an extraordinary modern caravan that he, friends and local artisans built by hand with mostly recycled materials. The flight attendant started with a 5×10 trailer and a curved steel frame, but then the muse stepped in. Called Unity Wagon, the project… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

No one knows why these bees build incredible spiraling hives

Caution: after what you are about to see, you may never be satisfied with your run-of-the-mill honeycomb again. That’s because these design-savvy bees weren’t content to live in generic boxes like most bees, so they made their hives look like something that could have come out of the mind of Zaha Hadid herself.

Known as sugarbag bees (Tetragonula carbonaria), the insects live in Australia and create an unusual single-layer spiraling hive that is completely unlike the traditional flat beehive…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This incredible geodesic dome home could be yours for $475k

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Incredible new “super wood” is as strong as steel

It’s a twig, it’s a branch, it’s… Super Wood! Researchers at the University of Maryland have created a so-called “super wood” that is stronger than many titanium alloys. The research team used a two-step process to drastically increase the density of the wood, thus reinforcing its strength to ten times that of traditional wood.  “It is as strong as steel, but six times lighter,” research team co-leader Teng Li told ScienceDaily. “It takes 10 times more energy to fracture than natural wood…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Leading Stanford climate scientist builds incredible net zero home, complete with Tesla Powerwall

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9 incredible pod homes to help you win at off-grid living

If your #lifegoals include living off the grid somewhere, surrounded by nature, then check this out. We’ve rounded up the best off-grid living pods that are not only affordable, but can be moved almost anywhere.

Pod Space pre-fab pop-up pods
Pod Space’s award winning pre-fab pods can be installed just about anywhere you can dream of. The modular pods are customizable, so you can use them as a backyard office, an extra room, or even a fully-equipped tiny home. The best part is the floor-to-ceiling… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Airy Costa Rica home enjoys incredible views of the ocean and jungle

This gorgeous residence in Costa Rica occupies a unique location near Santa Teresa Beach in Costa Rica, where the jungle meets the Pacific Ocean. Architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe designed the Ocean Eye House as an airy residence that offers stunning views of its natural surroundings and supports an outdoor lifestyle.

The house, listed for the WAN House of the Year 2017, rests against the back of a steep hill. It combines closed, private spaces and lightweight, open areas that allow the owners to… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The world’s first all-electric sport utility truck is finally here – and it looks incredible

Electric vehicle buyers are spoiled for choice these days – there’s electric sports cars sedans, SUVs, minivans, and motorcycles. So where’s the electric pickup truck? New York-based Bollinger Motors just answered that question with the B1 – the world’s first all-electric, all-wheel drive sport utility truck. It’s remarkably refined with a strong, stealthy profile – and it’s rough and rugged enough to haul heavy loads and tackle challenging terrain. The B1 has better horsepower, torque, and ground… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This off-grid school bus home has an incredible raised roof

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