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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World Cup 2010: South Africa’s Top 5 Stunning Green Stadiums

World Cup 2010: South Africa’s Top 5 Stunning Green Stadiums

At number five is the elegant Green Point Stadium. Since it is situated at the foot of Signal Hill between downtown Cape Town and the Sea Point neighborhood, the high-profile location demanded a

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Breakthrough Stealth Toilet Cuts Water Use Nearly in Half

Breakthrough Stealth Toilet Cuts Water Use Nearly in Half

Toilet technology is one of the most underappreciated yet important aspects of green building. Niagara Conservation's revolutionary Stealth Toilet features a vacuum assist that steeply reduces

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World’s First Hotel Made of Garbage Rises in Rome

World’s First Hotel Made of Garbage Rises in Rome

Inhabitat reader Joann Plockova writes to tell us about Rome's newest attraction - the world's first hotel made entirely of garbage! The Save The Beach Hotel ain't pretty, but neither will

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National Geographic Magazines Turned Into a Bookshelf

National Geographic Magazines Turned Into a Bookshelf

Sean Miller's brilliant National Geographic bookshelf started out as a cluttered stack of magazines in his living room. One of 23 finalists in our Spring Greening Contest, the design is made

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FAREstudios’s Green Women’s Clinic Inspires Hope in West Africa

FAREstudios’s Green Women’s Clinic Inspires Hope in West Africa

Some of of the greatest social and environmental challenges are focused around the issue of reproductive rights. Italian-based FAREstudios created a brilliant architectural solution to the issue

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Oregon’s Zero-Energy Office Tower

Oregon’s Zero-Energy Office Tower

The Oregon Sustainability Center is getting ready to build the largest Living Building Challenge-certified office tower in the world. The Portland-based skyscraper is being developed using the

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Hill-Shaped French Eco House is a New “Wave” in Green Building

Hill-Shaped French Eco House is a New “Wave” in Green Building

Parisian architect Patrick Nadeau is currently constructing a gorgeous green house disguised as a grassy hill in the city of Reims, France. Spotted over on Dezeen, La Maison-Vague or the

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Modern Palmyra House Showcases Local Sustainable Materials

Modern Palmyra House Showcases Local Sustainable Materials

The Palmyra House is a vacation home in the south of Mumbai that resonates not just for its clean modern look but also for its rich selection of local sustainable materials. Situated on the

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P-Tree Urinal: A Natural Solution to an “Urgent” Problem

P-Tree Urinal: A Natural Solution to an “Urgent” Problem

Dutch designer Sam van Veluw has developed a new way to answer the call of nature at outdoor events and venues. After a long search for a public restroom at a music concert one evening, he came

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Is LEED Still Leading the Way for Green Building?

Is LEED Still Leading the Way for Green Building?

For the past five years Inhabitat has written about many LEED buildings. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification system has proven to be enormously successful at pushing

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Exceptional Earth-Walled Home is a Desert Oasis

Exceptional Earth-Walled Home is a Desert Oasis

This truly stunning home in Scottsdale, Arizona offers a great lesson in site-appropriate design. The large roof overhangs and massive rammed earth walls help keep it cool in a desert

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60,000 sq ft Prefab Apartment Complex to be Completed This Summer

60,000 sq ft Prefab Apartment Complex to be Completed This Summer

Interface Studio Architects, who gave us the 100K house, is upping the ante in sustainable prefab building by designing a new 72 unit LEED-certified apartment complex in Philadelphia. To be

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Stunning Green Family Home Set in the California Redwoods

Stunning Green Family Home Set in the California Redwoods

Here is a house that we bet you wish you grew up in. Built for a large family and developed to reduce its environmental footprint, this home feels a lot like summer camp. Located on a twenty

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Colorado’s State Capitol is the First and Only LEED Certified One in U.S.

Colorado’s State Capitol is the First and Only LEED Certified One in U.S.

The state has successfully saved 30% of their energy demand a year or $1.3 million annually, enough savings to fund the retrofits outright. As upgrading existing buildings becomes a paramount

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US Embassy in Beijing Showcases Energy Efficient Design

US Embassy in Beijing Showcases Energy Efficient Design

The US Embassy in Beijing, China, designed by Craig Hartman of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, is the State Department’s second largest project in its history. Like the newly unveiled embassy in

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Minimalist Adobe Brick Home is a Box Within a Box

Minimalist Adobe Brick Home is a Box Within a Box

A box within a box, this simple house composed of mud bricks formed into a contemporary structure is an elegant synthesis of old and new. Built in Marfa, Texas, a town better known for the

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Ark House: Sustainable Citadel in the Montana Plains

Ark House: Sustainable Citadel in the Montana Plains

Whether for a future flood or a remnant of one from long ago, the Ark House is a provocative residential design that is, ironically, land-locked in the middle of Montana. The design calls for

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California’s First LEED Platinum School Teaches With The Environment

California’s First LEED Platinum School Teaches With The Environment

A LEED School allows children to learn in a environmentally thoughtfull space.

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Modern Log Cabin Hidden in a Stack of Wood

Modern Log Cabin Hidden in a Stack of Wood

Image: © Thomas Mayer There are not many building styles more traditional than the log cabin, so it is always refreshing to see a new idea take advantage of the humble tree trunk. It's a

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Oberlin’s LEED Downtown Development Revitalizes a Community

Oberlin’s LEED Downtown Development Revitalizes a Community

Ten years ago three college students had a vision to reclaim a stagnant downtown area in Oberlin, Ohio -- in a couple of months that vision will become reality. Sustainable Community Associates

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Affordable Earthquake Resistant Homes Made From Straw

Affordable Earthquake Resistant Homes Made From Straw

This year we witnessed the extraordinary danger of mixing buildings with earthquakes, particularly in poor regions -- fortunately, a group called PAKSBAB is finding solutions. Pakistan Straw

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Off-Grid Cliff House Harnesses the Elements for Self Sufficiency

Off-Grid Cliff House Harnesses the Elements for Self Sufficiency

Off the grid means many things to many people. The Cliff House on Muskoka Lakes, Ontario, interprets “off the grid” as grand self-sufficiency. Designed by Altius Architecture Inc,

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Sundolier Robot Pumps Sunlight Indoors for Powerful Daylighting

Sundolier Robot Pumps Sunlight Indoors for Powerful Daylighting

What if you could light your entire building using no electricity, or artificial lights - but just the natural light from the sun? Conventional sky-lights do this well in certain types of

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Blindspot Cycles: Salvaged Motorcycles Reborn All-Electric

Blindspot Cycles: Salvaged Motorcycles Reborn All-Electric

Blindspot Cycles hits two high points of green design with their line of reconditioned electric motorcycles. These discarded beauties are first found at junk yards and then converted with a rack

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The UK’s First BREEAM Outstanding Office Tower Rises in London

The UK’s First BREEAM Outstanding Office Tower Rises in London

BREEAM, Europe’s leading green building rating system, has just given the new PriceWaterhouseCooper office tower its highest rating of “outstanding”. This is a first for an office building

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Beautiful Garden Chapel Made Almost Entirely From Bottles

Beautiful Garden Chapel Made Almost Entirely From Bottles

Bottles and buildings may not seem like a natural fit, but this form of reuse construction has been around for a surprisingly long time. The Minnie Evans Bottle Chapel was erected by Virginia

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Lessons in Green Building from Afghanistan 

Lessons in Green Building from Afghanistan 

While most of the United States' focus on Afghanistan has been on the ongoing war, other lessons from this land have come to North America in the form of green building techniques. As it turns

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