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6 Crazy Green Homes That People Actually Live In

by , 08/25/13

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AutoWohnhaus in Austria

This crazy car-shaped house in Salzburg, Austria is surprisingly green. Homeowner and architect Markus Voglreiter built the AutoWohnhaus with a “3 liter” energy-efficient heating and insulation building system that drastically reduces energy consumption. Located in a suburban neighborhood, the exterior, which is just for show, is a bit out of place.

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Solar Geodesic Dome Cobb House in Norway

People in this glass houses shouldn’t thrown stones or else it will ruin their carefully constructed thermal envelope. This glass geodesic home was built by the Hjertefølger family over a hand-crafted cobb house. The super, low-impact materials are kept warm in the winter under the dome, and natural ventilation keeps things cool even in the summer.

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Ellis Island Ferry Houseboat in New York

The last ever Ellis Island Ferry boat was built in 1907 and now serves as an amazing home, studio and showroom for a couple in NYC. After a long and industrious career, the Yankee Ferry now sits on New York Harbor enjoying a quiet retirement. The historic renovation of the ferry into the home included an extensive reuse and refurbishment of some of the ferry’s original features. The owners also have their own garden on site and raise chickens there too.

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  1. roughdesigns August 24, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    I want one, any one!
    While staring out the windows of busses and trains at the often blighted areas around major road and rail lines I day dream fixing up the endless abandoned buildings like these folks have all done.
    Maybe we need a new Homesteading act, where by you could tax over a blighted property by paying the owner over time the assesed tax value (which is likely to be pretty low), and by owning it for 10 yrs. Old homestead acts were filled with little caveats like that, so what we now call “flippers” wouldn\\\’t abuse the act, only those serious about homesteading would apply.

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