Andrew Michler

 

Living off-the-grid in the foothills of the colorful Colorado Rocky Mountains, Andrew Michler LEED AP BD+C, Passive House Consultant, 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 published in June, 2015.

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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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US Passive House Conference Showcases Loads Of Green Building Goodies

US Passive House Conference Showcases Loads Of Green Building Goodies

Zola European Windows Perhaps the most engineered product in Passive House is the window with plenty of manufacturers keen to strut their triple and quadruple panes. Big news was the end of

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Beautiful Spanish Retreat is a Shipping Container-Capped Rooftop Casa

Beautiful Spanish Retreat is a Shipping Container-Capped Rooftop Casa

The conversion of an old villa into a modern light-filled space is a bit of an achievement. The ground floor features a modern kitchen and dining area that open directly to the small courtyard

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Nest Box Combines Passivhaus and Prefab for Low-Cost Green Housing

Nest Box Combines Passivhaus and Prefab for Low-Cost Green Housing

When you combine Passivhaus with prefab you get one of the greenest buildings possible. Designers Vanda Holescakova of Architectonica and Katarina Husarova Volekova of DSU have conceived the

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IKEA Announces That it Will Sell Only LED Lighting By 2016

IKEA Announces That it Will Sell Only LED Lighting By 2016

IKEA, the massive Swedish furniture retailer that brought scandinavian design to the masses, is now going to bring LED lighting to the world in a big way. The company just announced that it will

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Hitachi Invents Waterproof Glass ‘Disk’ That Can Store Data Forever

Hitachi Invents Waterproof Glass ‘Disk’ That Can Store Data Forever

A simple square of glass may hold the key to the vexing problem of storing data indefinitely. Developed by Hitachi, the technology prints a binary series of dots upon a sliver of quartz glass

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Jones Studios’ Sculptural Lacey Residence is a Rammed Earth Home in the Arizona Desert

Jones Studios’ Sculptural Lacey Residence is a Rammed Earth Home in the Arizona Desert

At first glance the home looks like a single, level mass playing off the gently sloping landscape with the backdrop of Papago Peak. The home is actually a series of smaller offset buildings

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Oxygen Villa Brings Fresh Air into Classic Arabic Architecture

Oxygen Villa Brings Fresh Air into Classic Arabic Architecture

Oxygen Villa is very much about light and air, and the name more than implies the homes breathing new life into a classic Arabic form of architecture -- the mashrabiya. Developed centuries ago,

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Scientist Provides Alarming Prediction That All Arctic Ice Will Be Gone in Four Years

Scientist Provides Alarming Prediction That All Arctic Ice Will Be Gone in Four Years

The entire Arctic ice shelf will be gone in four years, as predicted professor Peter Wadhams, head of the Polar Ocean Physics Group at Cambridge University. The new blunt assessment, which

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Honest Buildings’ Social Media Site for Property Gets a Huge Cash Injection

Honest Buildings’ Social Media Site for Property Gets a Huge Cash Injection

Honest Buildings, the new real estate site that is looking to be the new social media hub for buildings, has just received a sizable cash injection topping $1 million. The site features over

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Melbourne’s Pop-up Shipping Container Market Mixes Funky Attitude With Reused Materials

Melbourne’s Pop-up Shipping Container Market Mixes Funky Attitude With Reused Materials

Steven Vidovic and Kristina Taranto's design was selected as the winner of a competition looking for a ‘green theme’ - and they succeeded with a design that is largely made from cast-off

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Why Global Warming Is Not the Biggest Reason Forest Fires Are So Rampant Now

Why Global Warming Is Not the Biggest Reason Forest Fires Are So Rampant Now

Global warming has wreaked havoc over the central US this summer, with crops withering, record high temps becoming the norm, and huge fires in Colorado. But the massive fires that have erupted

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Study Shows Beautiful Buildings Outperform Other Green Buildings by 4 Times

Study Shows Beautiful Buildings Outperform Other Green Buildings by 4 Times

According to a new study, beauty and sustainable building make for the most potent combination of high performance. The Pattern Mapping Institute had a hunch that buildings which were

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Students Show Ways to Revitalize San Francisco Freeway into a Sustainable Eco District

Students Show Ways to Revitalize San Francisco Freeway into a Sustainable Eco District

How many times have we seen the pattern where a freeway - once the emblem of the futuristic city - has turned neighborhoods into bleak, inhuman environments? San Francisco, like many American

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Jean Nouvel Reportedly Trumps Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry for New National Art Museum of China

Jean Nouvel Reportedly Trumps Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry for New National Art Museum of China

Image MAD Architecture The National Art Museum of China's location and highly-publicized competition show that China sees the former Olympic grounds as prime site to display their vision of

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Twitter Co-Founder Irks Neighbors with Plans to Raze $3 Million House to Build Zero Net Energy Mansion

Twitter Co-Founder Irks Neighbors with Plans to Raze $3 Million House to Build Zero Net Energy Mansion

Twitter co-founder Evan Williams’ plans to build a state-of-the-art net zero energy house in San Francisco has the neighbors up in arms. Why? His green dream home involves tearing down a 1911

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MIT’s All-in-One Solar ORC to Provide Heat, Electricity, and Hot Water For African Communities

MIT’s All-in-One Solar ORC to Provide Heat, Electricity, and Hot Water For African Communities

MIT-based nonprofit STG International is looking to make isolated African clinics and schools much more self-sufficient with a new hybrid power and heat solar system. The unique system combines

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Blind LED Handrails Make the Lowly Stairwell the Most Interesting Room

Blind LED Handrails Make the Lowly Stairwell the Most Interesting Room

The LED handrails are still just a concept and there are currently no plans for production, but they seem like a very promising design. The handrails can illuminate in many colors, and

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Kichler’s New LED Tape Light Fits Just About Everywhere

Kichler’s New LED Tape Light Fits Just About Everywhere

LED is taking the interior design world by storm and Kichler's new lineup of LED tape add a heap of options for low-impact and dramatic lighting. The lineup of indoor or outdoor strips comes in

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