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Fraunhofer's solar-powered radio sensor chip, mounted in a window

Although it may be handy to have sensors in your windows that remind you if you've left them open, running electrical wiring to all those sensors (or regularly changing their batteries) could be a hassle. A new window-monitoring radio sensor chip, however, gets all the power it needs from the sun.  Read More

Passive House Che is a sustainable house situated in Suceava, Romania

A house in Romania has been built in just the sort of environment it is designed to help protect. Passive House Che is situated in a forest in the Romanian city of Suceava. In addition to a host of sustainability features, the house also has a large net suspended between floors and an indoor lawn.  Read More

The home was completed in 2014 (Photo: Vito Stallone)

With prime building space dwindling in many areas, canny developers realize that apparently undesirable plots can be perfectly profitable with the right architect. L3P Architekten recently produced a good argument for building on such sites, with the House Vineyard Dieseldorf: an unusual glass-fronted concrete home located in a cramped plot in Dielsdorf, Switzerland.  Read More

The prototype Heijmans ONE is currently undergoing testing  with a full-time resident

Dutch construction firm Heijmans recently took the wraps off a new prototype prefabricated house that it plans to install in underused city areas and rent out to single young professionals as a starter home. The Heijmans ONE is currently being tested with a view to launch in 2015.  Read More

The S House 3, by Vo Trong Nghia Architects (Photo: Hiroyuki Oki)

Back in September, we reported on Vo Trong Nghia Architects' ongoing effort to produce a suitable home for Vietnam's poor. The latest iteration of the firm's low-cost S House sees the prototype home refined, and the prefabricated dwelling now sports a more stable structure, and an impressive on-site build time of just three hours.  Read More

The Taoshouse in New Mexico, US, is expected to run entirely on electricity generated by i...

A home built in New Mexico, US, is expected to run entirely from the electricity generated from energy harvested by its nine 230 W solar panels. The Taoshouse also has a number of design features to help keep power usage to a minimum.  Read More

Construction on Pop-Up House began in March 2013, and was completed in May 2014 (Photo: Mi...

Following the Madrid-based Didomestic and All I Own House comes yet another example of modular living in Spain's capital that features a utilitarian decor and unusual space-saving furniture. The Pop-Up House, by TallerDE2 Arquitectos, involved the renovation of a mid-20th Century apartment into a novel bachelor pad.  Read More

The Nest smart thermostat can now be controlled from within Google's smartphone app

Google paying US$3.2 billion for smart thermostat company Nest gave an indication of the company's vision for the connected home Now, almost a year later, the company has integrated control of the thermostat with its Google smartphone app, letting owners control their Nest via voice commands and enabling location-based services.  Read More

The Beach Avenue home sits on a small block of land measuring 9 by 12 m and is tucked away...

Australia's Schulberg Demkiw architecture studio has recently completed an innovative new home in Melbourne‚Äôs beach side suburb of Elwood which boasts a maximum Australian GBCA 6 star Green Rating. The Beach Avenue home sits on a small block of land measuring 9 by 12 meters (29 ft x 39ft) and is tucked away behind neighboring properties. The challenge for the architects was to maximize the interior space of the home and flood it with natural light, all the while making it spacious and private.  Read More

Brio can tell the difference between a kid's fingers and an electrical appliance

Most of us have a number of power outlets dotted around the house, and each one is a potential hazard to inquisitive little fingers. Brio promises a safer and smarter power outlet that can tell the difference between a kid's fingers and an electrical appliance, only turning on the juice for the latter.  Read More

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