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 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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7 Winter Home Improvement Tips to Save You Money and Energy In the Cold Season

7 Winter Home Improvement Tips to Save You Money and Energy In the Cold Season

This year's record breaking summer high temperatures and general worrisome warming trend don’t necessarily mean that the coming winter will be a walk in the park. Before the cold weather

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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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Brilliant Device Turns Waste Paper Into Pencils

Brilliant Device Turns Waste Paper Into Pencils

If you often find yourself searching for a pencil, then this clever little device called the P&P Office Waste Processor will keep well stocked by quickly producing them from simple office

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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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Marco Stefanelli’s Salvaged Wood Brecce Lamps are Embedded With LED Lights

Marco Stefanelli’s Salvaged Wood Brecce Lamps are Embedded With LED Lights

Marco Stefanelli's handsome collection of Brecce lamps combine high-tech LED lights and scraps of wood to make a beautiful way to accent a space. The pieces are made from salvaged wood scraps

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The epic Creative Co-Op Is a Multi-faceted Film Studio Made from Shipping Containers

The epic Creative Co-Op Is a Multi-faceted Film Studio Made from Shipping Containers

The studio does not immediately give too much away from the outside with regards to its origins. Clad in an armor of rectangular steel sheets in the center, the container walls are on full

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Japans New Green Party Pushes for a Nuclear Free Nation

Japans New Green Party Pushes for a Nuclear Free Nation

Japan’s political system may see a shakeup with a newly revived Greens Japan Party ready to field anti-nuclear candidates. Vowing to put the environment first, the new collation, of mostly

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London’s 2012 Olympic Velodrome is an Elegant Energy-Efficient Stadium by Hopkins Architects

London’s 2012 Olympic Velodrome is an Elegant Energy-Efficient Stadium by Hopkins Architects

The beautiful saddle-like building was carefully engineered to be simple to construct with lightweight materials, and the construction takes advantage of natural resources to operate as a

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Alan Chu’s Gourmet Tea Shop in São Paulo Folds Out From the Wall

Alan Chu’s Gourmet Tea Shop in São Paulo Folds Out From the Wall

The Gourmet Tea is a tiny store in São Paulo which offers a world of flavors in a shop that unfolds onto the street from a compact cube. Drawing inspiration from the tea company's colorful

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Nova Cidade de Kilamba is a Huge Candy-Colored Chinese-Built Ghost City in Angola

Nova Cidade de Kilamba is a Huge Candy-Colored Chinese-Built Ghost City in Angola

  Kilamba is near Luanda, Angola’s capital, and it is mostly made up of a collection of 750 identical  5-, 8- and 11-story buildings.  To help identify neighborhoods (we assume),

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USGBC’s LEED v4 Plays High Stakes With Industry Special Interests

USGBC’s LEED v4 Plays High Stakes With Industry Special Interests

With a flurry of controversial discussions surrounding the 4th installment of LEED (formally known as LEED 2012), the USGBC has found themselves on a collision course with powerful

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Conference Crystal Iselsberg is a Glimmering Gem-Shaped Building Set High Up in the Austrian Alps

Conference Crystal Iselsberg is a Glimmering Gem-Shaped Building Set High Up in the Austrian Alps

The ‘crystal’ effect is achieved by glazing slices of the building's faceted volume with very dark, tinted glass. The massing is clearly informed by the mountains. Only when the interior

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