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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MOOARC Transforms a 15th Century Stone Barn Into a Light-Infused Modern Home

MOOARC Transforms a 15th Century Stone Barn Into a Light-Infused Modern Home

What is striking about the home is how well the old and the new have been integrated. Relying on modern glass and old stone walls, the fusion creates a mix of hard and soft, and the result is an

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Green-Roofed Jeju Natural Heritage Center is Carved from South Korea’s Volcanic Landscape

Green-Roofed Jeju Natural Heritage Center is Carved from South Korea’s Volcanic Landscape

From above the center is almost indistinguishable from the landscape, as the stepped green roof tops a pair of undulating wings. Views of the landscape dominate from this vantage point, which

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Low-Impact Pinus House Takes Flight in a Brazilian Pine Forest

Low-Impact Pinus House Takes Flight in a Brazilian Pine Forest

The home’s low-impact design goes well beyond its use of raw and minimally processed materials. The home is set on only six piers and constructed with beams and eucalyptus poles, so it can be

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Snøhetta’s Norwegian Wild Reindeer Centre Pavilion was Inspired by the Robust Landscape

Snøhetta’s Norwegian Wild Reindeer Centre Pavilion was Inspired by the Robust Landscape

The pavilion was commissioned by the Norwegian Wild Reindeer Foundation to allow visitors to behold the range of the reindeer. Snøhetta's design for the center may have taken a cue from the

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Blu Homes Unveils Its First Newly Redesigned Glidehouse on Puget Sound

Blu Homes Unveils Its First Newly Redesigned Glidehouse on Puget Sound

The Glidehouse is one of the first contemporary prefab designs intended to be “plug-and-play”. Unfortunately, the promise of high design with the convenience of pre-manufacturing grabbed a

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POOP SCOOP Robot Keeps Streets Clean by Automatically Picking Up Dog Poo

POOP SCOOP Robot Keeps Streets Clean by Automatically Picking Up Dog Poo

Dog poop is a blight upon city streets and parks, however researchers recently unveiled a new breed of robot capable of picking up the offensive little landmines before they find someone’s

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All-Electric DeLorean Car To Hit the Streets in 2013!

All-Electric DeLorean Car To Hit the Streets in 2013!

The iconic DeLorean Motor Company has weathered a stormy past, but it's coming back with a vengeance by introducing an electric version of it gull-winged masterpiece. The company just rolled out

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World Solar Challenge Automotive Race Kicks Off in Australia!

World Solar Challenge Automotive Race Kicks Off in Australia!

37 teams from all over the world are making a go at this year’s World Solar Challenge, by traversing continental Australia in a solar vehicle. Teams need to cross 3,000 km of desert, from

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PHOTOS: Balance Project is a Modern Passivhaus For Santa Fe, New Mexico

PHOTOS: Balance Project is a Modern Passivhaus For Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe is the ideal climate for modeling Passivhaus buildings -- summers can get hot and dry, while winters are bitterly cold at an elevation well north of 7,000 feet. Luckily, the sun shines

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Spectacular East Oakland Sports Center Creates a Place of Community

Spectacular East Oakland Sports Center Creates a Place of Community

The Sports Center, which opened in July in Oakland’s Ira Jinkins Park, is in the heart of one of the Bay Area’s hardest hit neighborhoods. Cut off both physically and economically from the

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The Green Cathedral Is an Interpretation of Notre Dame in Trees

The Green Cathedral Is an Interpretation of Notre Dame in Trees

John Muir once called a redwood grove his cathedral. Similar in vein, De Groene Kathedraal (translated as the Green Cathedral) is an organic copy of the famed Notre Dame, and is very much in

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Studio Gang’s Brick Weave House Adds a Modern Touch to a Traditional Material

Studio Gang’s Brick Weave House Adds a Modern Touch to a Traditional Material

The original plan was to remodel the original brick building located on the city’s west side, but when fire damage was uncovered plans needed to be rethought. While much of the building had to

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Room Room: Window-Studded Tokyo Mini Home Facilitates Communication for Deaf Family Members

Room Room: Window-Studded Tokyo Mini Home Facilitates Communication for Deaf Family Members

The project is an extension of a small home that was getting very cramped housing three generations of a family. The tiny lot, lack of privacy, and narrow streets catalyzed a fresh design

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Team China Fuses High & Low Tech With The Y Container Solar Decathlon House

Team China Fuses High & Low Tech With The Y Container Solar Decathlon House

Tonji University is no stranger to the Decathlon -- their Bambu House turned a lot of heads last year in Barcelona with an aggressive bamboo façade and structure. This year the team is using

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Taichung InfoBox Is a Bamboo Clad Community Space Retrofit of an Airport Hanger

Taichung InfoBox Is a Bamboo Clad Community Space Retrofit of an Airport Hanger

The original thought was to reclaim an airport terminal for displays of the proposed green development, but when the budget came in so low, the design team took a fresh tact by reclaiming the

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Poetree Burial Planter is an Eco Memorial That Honors the Cycle of Life

Poetree Burial Planter is an Eco Memorial That Honors the Cycle of Life

Although death is universal, it seems that the final choice of how our bodies are laid to rest is not - and traditional burials are looking like less and less attractive as they take up land and

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Beautiful Garden Shed Made From Planks and Bottles is Reminiscent of a Chapel

Beautiful Garden Shed Made From Planks and Bottles is Reminiscent of a Chapel

French designer Véronique Maire teamed with the landscape architect and artist Francoise Maire to create The Stockroom - a petite garden shed made from planks and bottles using very old

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MIT Unveils Artificial Leaf That Creates Hydrogen Fuel from Sunlight

MIT Unveils Artificial Leaf That Creates Hydrogen Fuel from Sunlight

MIT researchers just officially unveiled a device that uses sunlight to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. The device builds upon a breakthrough hydrogen producing technology developed in

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Common Sugars Could Be Used to Capture Carbon Emissions at Their Source

Common Sugars Could Be Used to Capture Carbon Emissions at Their Source

Carbon capture technologies are a bit of a holy grail in green chemistry, and researchers from Northwestern University have just reported in the Journal of the American Chemistry Society that

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Team Purdue’s Suburban INhome Rises to First Place in the 2011 Solar Decathlon!

Team Purdue’s Suburban INhome Rises to First Place in the 2011 Solar Decathlon!

The two-bedroom house is a cute little bungalow with an inviting front porch and a tract home-like façade -- a characteristic that, we'll admit, had us brushing the house off at first. Inside,

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Sloan’s Innovative AQUS Grey Water Toilet System Recycles Your Sink Water

Sloan’s Innovative AQUS Grey Water Toilet System Recycles Your Sink Water

One of the oddest quirks in our homes is that we flush toilets with water good enough for drinking -- and toilets consume on average 40% of a household’s water use. To address this issue Sloan

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World’s First Passivhaus Public Pool Opens in Lünen, Germany

World’s First Passivhaus Public Pool Opens in Lünen, Germany

Photo © DBU The Lippe Bad Lünen pool is expected to draw 250,000 visitors a year, making the facility a breakthrough project for public green building and saving about a dollar per visitor

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Daylit Austrian Kindergarten is a Bright, Open Space That Blends With the Outdoors

Daylit Austrian Kindergarten is a Bright, Open Space That Blends With the Outdoors

The design is focused on creating an active learning environment where groups can collect or break up within the spaces without being cut off. The interior rooms provide a quiet learning place

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MIT’s $1000 House Challenge Inspires Groundbreaking Designs

MIT’s $1000 House Challenge Inspires Groundbreaking Designs

Chui’s design is a series of repeated L-shaped walls made from earth blocks which are capped with a bamboo and corrugated roof. Each wall section is set 90 degrees from each other to create

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Team Purdue’s Solar Decathlon House Blends Traditional Architecture With Net Zero Performance

Team Purdue’s Solar Decathlon House Blends Traditional Architecture With Net Zero Performance

Team Purdue’s entry in the 2011 Solar decathlon is decidedly Midwestern in its approach - it's a traditional-looking home that won't necessarily stick out in a crowd - however it's efficient

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Team UIUC’s Solar Decathlon Re_house Provides Eco-Housing for Emergencies

Team UIUC’s Solar Decathlon Re_house Provides Eco-Housing for Emergencies

With a compact design, wrap-around shade and vertical siding, the design is a bit reminiscent of Michelle Kaufmann's MkLotus house. While designing the home, the student design/build team

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Wayne Hemingway Unveils Umbrella Made from Recycled Plant-Based Plastic Bottles

Wayne Hemingway Unveils Umbrella Made from Recycled Plant-Based Plastic Bottles

Coca-Cola recently teamed up with environmentally minded designer Wayne Hemingway to introduce an umbrella made from recycled plant-based PET bottles. Available just in time for fall, the

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Newest US City to Be Built Just for Testing Green Technologies

Newest US City to Be Built Just for Testing Green Technologies

Up to 20 square miles of virgin desert in New Mexico will soon be home to the nation’s newest town, only with a twist — no one will live there. Developer Pegasus Global Holdings (a

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Free Bike-Powered Film Festival Launches in England

Free Bike-Powered Film Festival Launches in England

If you love bikes and are a film buff, you just might want to make your way to England as the Free Film Festival and Electric Pedals have teamed up to provide a series of bike-powered outdoor

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Off-Grid Hill Plain House Showcases Raw Material in a Sophisticated Way

Off-Grid Hill Plain House Showcases Raw Material in a Sophisticated Way

As good green home design goes, everything starts with the site. The house is tucked behind a small rise on the property, which protects it from winter winds. The project's orientation maximizes

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