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Sustainable

Gizmag's Top 10 off-grid homes

We're big fans of off-grid homes here at Gizmag – and for good reason: an off-grid home frees the owner from the vagaries of unscrupulous energy giants, can potentially help reduce impact on the environment, and offers a greater self-sufficiency. Join us as we shine a light on 10 of our favorites.  Read More

The SOAK concept is the subject of a Kickstarter campaign

Shipping containers have been used to revolutionize housing, and have also given rise to wacky ideas like an extreme sports theme park. Thanks to a new concept dubbed SOAK, we can add sustainable bathhouse to the growing list of potential uses for the durable metal boxes.  Read More

Villa Kogelhof is located in southwestern Netherlands (Photo: Jeroen Musch)

With its striking design and desirable location – not to mention some high-end sustainable gizmos thrown in for good measure – Villa Kogelhof in southwestern Netherlands ticks all the right boxes for a new luxury residential build.  Read More

The Minim House (Photo: Paul Burk Photography)

The tiny house movement continues to build momentum, and the latest small home to catch our eye with a clever space-maximizing design is the Minim House. The trailer-based mobile micro-home is capable of operating on or off grid, and boasts some comforts often associated with a larger home.  Read More

The concept is the work of Los Angeles-based design studio M-Rad (Image: M-Rad)

An ambitious new concept by Los Angeles-based design studio M-Rad envisions shipping container-based structures, sustainable technology, and extreme sports coming together in one place.  Read More

The Clara ukulele from Blackbird Guitars

The stork flew over San Francisco today and delivered a new baby to the workshop of Blackbird Guitars. Unlike its stablemates, such as the gorgeous Rider, the Clara concert-level ukulele is not made from carbon fiber. It's made from a newly-developed sustainable material called Ekoa, which is said to give the instrument the strength and durability of the company's usual material of choice and the tone of vintage wood.  Read More

Le Tronc Creux, which means 'The Hollow Trunk,' is a low impact shelter which sleeps nine ...

French design studio Bruit du Frigo has drawn inspiration from fallen down tree trunks, which often provide shelter for small animals, to create an eco-shelter for humans in the forests of Bordeaux. Dubbed Le Tronc Creux, which means "The Hollow Trunk," the low impact shelter is roughly the same size as a shipping container and can easily be transported by truck to different locations when required.  Read More

The NOMAD Micro Home measures just 100 sq ft (9.2 sq m)

Canadian company NOMAD Homes has produced a new concept micro-home that measures just 100 sq ft (9.2 sq m), ships as a flat-pack, can operate off-grid, and is said to be easy-to-build. The firm has turned to Indiegogo to raise funds for manufacturing, and eventually intends to sell the base version of the home for under US$25,000.  Read More

Gizmag presents a look at five of our favorite passively-cooled homes

Home air-conditioning offers near-instant relief from hot weather but is both expensive and resource-heavy to run. Gizmag picks five of our current favorite passively-cooled homes that are environmentally responsible to keep comfortably cool, and – perhaps just as importantly – very desirable to live in.  Read More

The winning house, LISI, by the Vienna University of Technology features a lace-like UV cu...

Team Austria (Vienna University of Technology) has been announced the overall winner of Solar Decathlon 2013 after the closest competition in the history of the event. Second place went to University of Nevada Las Vegas, with the Czech Technical University achieving third place overall.  Read More

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