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High hopes for tiny house made from hemp

As any good hippy will tell you, the cannabis plant isn't only good for getting stoned. Hemp has been used for thousands of years for all kinds of stuff, including making rope, clothing, and even cars. With this in mind, Albany, NY-based Green Built has high hopes it can bring cannabis construction into the US mainstream with its hemp-based tiny house.Read More

Architecture

Irish county makes Passive House construction mandatory

We cover a lot of impressive Passive Houses here at Gizmag, but relatively few are actually built worldwide. Which is why it's exciting that Ireland's Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has reportedly passed a law requiring all new homes in the area be built to the Passive House standard or feature an equivalent performance. Read More

Architecture

New York renters get new passive Perch

An apartment block being built in New York is claimed to be the city's first market-rate rental building designed to Passive House standards. Perch Harlem will provide simple and community-focused urban living, and will also use 80-90 percent less energy than a conventional equivalent.Read More

Architecture

Covert House hides in plain sight

In a bid to reduce the visual impact of a modern family home located within a conservation area in London, local architecture firm DSDHA sunk half of the residence into the ground and covered much of the rest with glass and mirrors. The result is a partially camouflaged building suitably named Covert House, which also boasts sustainable features that include rainwater collection and solar panels.

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Architecture

El Refugio Inteligente combines energy efficiency with smartphone-control

Spanish green building firm NOEM recently completed a prefabricated house called El Refugio Inteligente (The Smart Shelter), that more than lives up to its name. Designed and built in just nine weeks and assembled on-site in approximately 10 days, the solar-powered house features a combination of smartphone-configured amenities and sustainable design that help reduce overall energy usage. Read More

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