Andrew Michler

 

Living off-the-grid in the foothills of the colorful Colorado Rocky Mountains, Andrew Michler LEED AP BD+C and his wife Jennie are learning firsthand what low entropy living really means.  He is building a Passive House rest/work space and is currently writing the book [ours] Hyperlocalization of Architecture to be published in 2014.

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The Elegant Teshima Art Museum is a Luminous Droplet in the Japanese Countryside

The Elegant Teshima Art Museum is a Luminous Droplet in the Japanese Countryside

The recently finished museum is a part of the Benesse Art Site program, which gave us the Inujima Art Project as well as several other modern art spaces on the south-eastern Japanese islands.

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Towering Magic Mountain Lodge is a Hill-Like Hobbit Highrise Straight Out of Middle Earth

Towering Magic Mountain Lodge is a Hill-Like Hobbit Highrise Straight Out of Middle Earth

The Lodge sits on a diverse forest region in northern Patagonia and is a base camp at the Hulio Hulio preserve for ecotourists looking to spot a puma or explore the local waterfalls. The hotel

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INTERVIEW: Building Science Pioneer Dr. Joe Lstiburek on the Good, Bad and Ugly Side of Buildings

INTERVIEW: Building Science Pioneer Dr. Joe Lstiburek on the Good, Bad and Ugly Side of Buildings

The term 'building science' is used quite often now in sustainable building circles, but much of what we understand of it can be traced back to the work of Dr. Joe Lstiburek, founder of

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Lucky Drops is a Lantern-Like Japanese Micro Home That Glows From Within

Lucky Drops is a Lantern-Like Japanese Micro Home That Glows From Within

The Luck Drops’ bold design was bred from necessity. It's located on a long and extremely narrow lot, so the architects were challenged to make the shelter feel open and airy while keeping it

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How to Design a Passive House Off-Grid, and Without Foam

How to Design a Passive House Off-Grid, and Without Foam

MARTaK Live/Work Passive House is an acronym of the extended family names of those who will use the space as a retreat from Boston and the Bay Area. The site is my own off-grid home in the

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Gorgeous Dutch Power Plant is Completely Clad in Delftware Tiles!

Gorgeous Dutch Power Plant is Completely Clad in Delftware Tiles!

The power plant holds two gas turbines that generate on-demand electricity while providing district heating for the community's buildings. This makes the facility two times more efficient than

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Oregon Man Lives Inside 727 Airplane Home in the Middle of the Woods!

Oregon Man Lives Inside 727 Airplane Home in the Middle of the Woods!

Rather than turning the plane into something like a modern house, Campbell is reusing much of the original equipment for his needs. After a decade Campbell’s enthusiasm for the project has not

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The Kubik is a Glowing Pre-Fabulous Party Venue

The Kubik is a Glowing Pre-Fabulous Party Venue

The mobile entertainment business is rampant with waste since setups are often used only once for a location and dumped, as it is cheaper to start all over again than truck the materials to a

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INTERVIEW: Ed Mazria, Founder of Architecture 2030 Introduces the 2030 Palette

INTERVIEW: Ed Mazria, Founder of Architecture 2030 Introduces the 2030 Palette

Ed Mazria is the influential environmental architect behind the 2030 Challenge, which aims to eliminate the use of fossil fuels in new construction, and to cut the use of fossil fuels in

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Tiny Off-Grid Cabin in Maine is Completely Self-Sustaining

Tiny Off-Grid Cabin in Maine is Completely Self-Sustaining

A project 30 years in the making, this tiny off-grid retreat on a coastal island in Maine is almost entirely self-sufficient. Designed and built by Alex Porter for her father, the project

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Gigantic Airship Hangar Transformed Into Tropical Island Resort

Gigantic Airship Hangar Transformed Into Tropical Island Resort

The dome is the world's largest freestanding building, and it was originally owned by a company attempting to develop a transport dirigible. When that company went belly-up, a Malaysian company

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Solar-Powered Floating Island is an Off-Shore Green Retreat

Solar-Powered Floating Island is an Off-Shore Green Retreat

OK, we've seen concepts like this for years now - round floating retreats complete with a transparent room in the belly to see all the fish swim by. The idea is certainly appealing considering

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INTERVIEW: Home Improvement Legend Bob Vila Talks to Us About Green Building

INTERVIEW: Home Improvement Legend Bob Vila Talks to Us About Green Building

Bob Vila’s name has been synonymous with home improvement since he helped launch This Old House in 1979. After nearly thirty years of producing and hosting television shows about the world of

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Green Architect & Cradle to Cradle Founder William McDonough

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Green Architect & Cradle to Cradle Founder William McDonough

INHABITAT: What inspired you to write 'Cradle to Cradle' (the book) and launch the Cradle to Cradle system? William McDonough: From an early age, I was fascinated by differing attitudes towards

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Elderly Madrid Man Builds Incredible Spanish Cathedral Entirely From Trash

Elderly Madrid Man Builds Incredible Spanish Cathedral Entirely From Trash

While the cathedral's design is loosely based on St. Peter’s Cathedral, Don Justo has created no formal drawings or engineering plans. His background in farming did not stop him from taking on

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BOOK REVIEW: Nano House Showcases Contemporary Micro Home Design

BOOK REVIEW: Nano House Showcases Contemporary Micro Home Design

The Nano House follows up on Richardson's XS book series about small home design - the author clearly feels comfortable with the exploration of the very small. The volume slips into 42

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BOOK REVIEW: William McDonough and Michael Braungart expand on Cradle to Cradle With The Upcycle

BOOK REVIEW: William McDonough and Michael Braungart expand on Cradle to Cradle With The Upcycle

The term “upcycle” - used to describe the process of turning something old and used into a new and useful item - has rapidly grown in popularity over recent years. The term was popularized

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Heliotrope: The World’s First Energy Positive Solar Home

Heliotrope: The World’s First Energy Positive Solar Home

Look, up in the sky — it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s the Heliotrope! The brainchild of Architect Ralph Disch, this rotating solar home was the seed for the extraordinary Sonnenschiff

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BOOK REVIEW: EVolo Skyscrapers – A Reference Manual on the Future of Architecture?

BOOK REVIEW: EVolo Skyscrapers – A Reference Manual on the Future of Architecture?

EVolo Magazine has made a name for itself with its annual skyscraper competition, which started in 2006. Since then there have been over 4,000 submissions arriving from across the planet,

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Brilliant SunBeamer Skylight Reflects Daylight Exactly Where You Want It

Brilliant SunBeamer Skylight Reflects Daylight Exactly Where You Want It

The new SunBeamer skylight is a clever and surprisingly simple daylighting solution that directs sunlight exactly where you need it most. Developed by SunCentral, the sun-tracking circular

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Construction Specialties is Our Pick for ‘Best Green Booth Design’ at Greenbuild 2013

Construction Specialties is Our Pick for ‘Best Green Booth Design’ at Greenbuild 2013

One of the great ironies of Greenbuild is the disconnect between the myriad of “green” products and the anything-but-green booths in which companies show their wares. In relief to the

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The Top 10 Innovations at Greenbuild 2013 in Philadelphia

The Top 10 Innovations at Greenbuild 2013 in Philadelphia

The halls were packed with an enthusiastic crowd, and you could tell that the business of construction was back in a big way. The first place we hit was the Passive House Zone where a strong

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‘LOCAL: Make The Switch’ Environmental Design Film Series is Looking for Your Support

‘LOCAL: Make The Switch’ Environmental Design Film Series is Looking for Your Support

A new environmental film project exploring the power of acting locally and how design can impact the world is now underway. Aptly named LOCAL: Make the Switch, the project will consist of 25

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Maxwan Architects’ House G is a Sun-Filled Retrofitted Barn Retreat in the Netherlands

Maxwan Architects’ House G is a Sun-Filled Retrofitted Barn Retreat in the Netherlands

Most of the existing barn was left intact. A swath of roof was removed and replaced by a length of skylights to compensate for the small windows. A soapstone woodstove delineates the living

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PHOTOS: Massive Flooding Shuts Down Entire Region of Northern Colorado

PHOTOS: Massive Flooding Shuts Down Entire Region of Northern Colorado

The Northern Colorado Front Range is experiencing an unprecedented flood that has stranded and displaced thousands of residents and shut down well over a dozen towns. Every river and stream in

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6 Tips to Protect Your Home from Wildfires

6 Tips to Protect Your Home from Wildfires

1. Clear combustible debris from around your home The first step is often the most effective, and it's a doable project for a homeowner: clear combustible debris from around the house. This

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6 Smart and Sustainable Ways to Escape the Summer Heat at Home

6 Smart and Sustainable Ways to Escape the Summer Heat at Home

1. WEAR THE RIGHT CLOTHES 2. KEEP THE HEAT OUT 3. GET THE AIR MOVING 4. USE COOL NIGHTS TO CREATE COOL DAYS 5. BUTTON UP THE HOUSE 6. TUNE-UP THAT AC 1. WEAR THE RIGHT CLOTHES After the

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks with Carl Seville, the Green Building Curmudgeon

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks with Carl Seville, the Green Building Curmudgeon

We had an opportunity to sit down with green building consultant Carl Seville, also known as the Green Building Curmudgeon for his no-nonsense look at green building and remodeling. Carl

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The Best Sustainable Building Products from Greenbuild 2012 in San Francisco

The Best Sustainable Building Products from Greenbuild 2012 in San Francisco

A surprisingly political lineup of speakers (including Jerry Brown, Cory Booker, George Pataki, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski) bookended the 2012 Greenbuild conference in San Francisco.

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Kinetic Map Shows Real-Time Wind Speeds in the US During Hurricane Sandy

Kinetic Map Shows Real-Time Wind Speeds in the US During Hurricane Sandy

HINT.FM's real-time map of wind speeds in the US is a useful tool to help us better understand the wind's power and potential. The kinetic map was developed by Fernanda Viégas and Martin

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