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GREEN GUIDE TO PREFAB: Finding a Prefab Home That Works With Your Lifestyle

GREEN GUIDE TO PREFAB: Finding a Prefab Home That Works With Your Lifestyle

In the last three articles of our Green Guide to Prefab series we discussed the history of prefab design, the evolution of mobile homes into modular prefabricated homes, and how to best choose a site for

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Yusuhara Marche is a Thatch-Covered Market & Boutique Hotel In Japan

Yusuhara Marche is a Thatch-Covered Market & Boutique Hotel In Japan

Yusuhara Machino-eki is a multi-purpose building by Kengo Kuma & Associates that combines a local produce market with a small boutique hotel. The town was known for its location along a main road used

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Dutch Baseball: Artist Peter Schuyff Carves Old Baseball Bats Into Extraordinary Spiraling Sculptures

Dutch Baseball: Artist Peter Schuyff Carves Old Baseball Bats Into Extraordinary Spiraling Sculptures

Schuyff originally started carving ornate shapes on to pencils, but after a trip to New Guinea transplanted his passion onto larger pieces of wood. "A few years ago, I took a very long walk into the

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Self-Storage Facilities Choose to Embrace Green Energy Practices

Self-Storage Facilities Choose to Embrace Green Energy Practices

While sexy new sustainable buildings and automobiles often make the eco-headlines, the self-storage facility industry has seen a steady uptick towards embracing green energy practices too (they just

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Lindal Launches New ‘Architects Collaborative’ Prefab Home Line Featuring Designs from Our Favorite Architects

Lindal Launches New ‘Architects Collaborative’ Prefab Home Line Featuring Designs from Our Favorite Architects

Marmol Radziner for Architects Collaborative The collaboration is reminiscent of the Case Study Program that took place in Los Angeles during the mid-20th century, which produced some of architecture's

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US Forest Service Confirms That Climate Change is Killing Alaskan Trees

US Forest Service Confirms That Climate Change is Killing Alaskan Trees

As confirmed by researchers from the U.S. Forest Service, climate change is killing off the mighty yellow cedar -- a valuable tree native to the Alaskan Panhandle. On average, the yellow cedar can live

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GREEN GUIDE TO PREFAB: Siting Your Home to Maximize Eco Efficiency

GREEN GUIDE TO PREFAB: Siting Your Home to Maximize Eco Efficiency

In the last two installments of our Green Guide to Prefab series on Inhabitat we highlighted the history of prefab design and the evolution of mobile homes into modular prefabricated homes. Within the

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Colors Tokyo’s Earth Blocks are an Eco-friendly LEGO Alternative

Colors Tokyo’s Earth Blocks are an Eco-friendly LEGO Alternative

LEGO blocks are one of the most enduringly popular toys around. With endless possibilities for reinvention, they challenge minds and cultivate creativity. But as much as we love these colorful little

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Christopher Simmonds’ Beautiful Sustainable Boathouse Sits Peacefully on the Waters of Muskoka Lake

Christopher Simmonds’ Beautiful Sustainable Boathouse Sits Peacefully on the Waters of Muskoka Lake

Christopher Simmonds has given an already gorgeous boathouse in Canada a sustainable upgrade that we can't help but envy. The original boathouse located on Muskoka Lake north of Toronto was feeling a

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Gorgeous Green-Roofed Cliff Home Sits on the Water’s Edge in Gig Harbor, Washington

Gorgeous Green-Roofed Cliff Home Sits on the Water’s Edge in Gig Harbor, Washington

The Cliff House was built in response to the unique site conditions and uses them to create a wonderful new private residence. The old house and boathouse were torn down to make way for a new, energy

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In.It.Studios’ Prefab Garden House is a Modern Small Space Tucked Away In The Forest

In.It.Studios’ Prefab Garden House is a Modern Small Space Tucked Away In The Forest

The 400 sq ft Slough Garden House features timber construction and timber window and door frames that were all sourced from FSC or PEFC certified sources. Foam insulation boards with secondary

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Tiny Meditation Pavilion Sits Ever-So-Quietly Amidst Vermont’s Green Mountains

Tiny Meditation Pavilion Sits Ever-So-Quietly Amidst Vermont’s Green Mountains

It's hard to imagine a more perfect site to build a meditation structure than among mountains, loose stone walls, forest, wildflowers, and woodland paths. And just because it's small doesn't mean that the

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Super Low-Impact Straw Bale Cafe Built From Local Materials in the UK

Super Low-Impact Straw Bale Cafe Built From Local Materials in the UK

Completed in 2010, the cafe was conceived as a learning aid in low-impact environmental design for the college. Modcell set up a Flying Factory in a nearby barn to prefabricate the building and minimize

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Santiago Calatrava’s Bodegas Ysios is a Spectacular Winery at the Foot of the Spanish Mountains

Santiago Calatrava’s Bodegas Ysios is a Spectacular Winery at the Foot of the Spanish Mountains

Photo credit: Dan Nik The Ysios Winery consists of over 8,000 square feet of building space and over 120 acres of vineyards. The main difficulty in constructing the building was the incredibly unlevel

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Rochester Institute of Technology’s Global Village is a Green Social Hub

Rochester Institute of Technology’s Global Village is a Green Social Hub

The 89,000 square foot mixed-use village was designed to ease cramped space on the growing campus while keeping higher standards for sustainability in mind. Currently housing for 414 students is

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Jesse Randzio’s Amazing Eco-Capsule is a Hanging Tree-Nest in Dorset

Jesse Randzio’s Amazing Eco-Capsule is a Hanging Tree-Nest in Dorset

This futuristic clam-shaped vessel is made from western red cedar planks taken from timber felled in Hooke Park forest. All other materials, including the copper rivets that hold the shell together, the

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London’s Kew Gardens Herbarium Uses Underground Cooling and Hot Air to Protect Its Contents

London’s Kew Gardens Herbarium Uses Underground Cooling and Hot Air to Protect Its Contents

Completed in 2009, the Herbarium's new glass and timber wing creates a fantastic contrast with the original red-bricked building, connected to its side. Edward Cullinan Architects worked closely with the

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The Houl: A Sleek Net-Zero Carbon Long-House in Scotland

The Houl: A Sleek Net-Zero Carbon Long-House in Scotland

The house makes use of classic solar passive design strategies like clerestory windows on the north side, and principle rooms on the south side -- both arranged to take advantage of the sunlight and

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Sanyo’s Shimmering Kasai Green Energy Park is Quite Possibly the Most Solar-Paneled-Out Compound in the World

Sanyo’s Shimmering Kasai Green Energy Park is Quite Possibly the Most Solar-Paneled-Out Compound in the World

Kasai Green Energy Park's administration building is quite possibly the most solar-paneled out building ever with double-facade panels (these are able to absorb solar rays from both their backs and

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Breathtaking Recycled Timber Home in Tahoe Can Withstand the Heaviest Snowstorm

Breathtaking Recycled Timber Home in Tahoe Can Withstand the Heaviest Snowstorm

The Tahoe Ridge house takes its design inspiration from the region's former incarnation as a Gold Rush town. Vernacular mining architecture, such as stamp mills used to break up hard rock, were vertically

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Stay Cool in CplusC Architects’ Super Ventilated Curl Curl Beach House

Stay Cool in CplusC Architects’ Super Ventilated Curl Curl Beach House

Curl Curl House is comprised of two open spaces divided by a central core. The public side includes a kitchen, a dining room, and a living room while the private side has two bedrooms and a bathroom. The

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GREEN GUIDE TO PREFAB: The History of The Kit Home

GREEN GUIDE TO PREFAB: The History of The Kit Home

Prefabricated housing has seen a surge in popularity over the last few years as an affordable, eco-friendly and modern alternative to custom stick-built housing or suburban tract homes. Although prefab

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Roundles: Modern Pool House Made of Local Limestone is a Peaceful Addition to a Country Cottage

Roundles: Modern Pool House Made of Local Limestone is a Peaceful Addition to a Country Cottage

Roundles, h2 architecture from Logan MacDougall Pope on Vimeo. The pool house's design is decidedly minimalist with a muted, natural color palette evocative of the landscape that envelops it. The fin

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Team New Zealand’s First Light House Wins the Engineering Contest at the 2011 Solar Decathlon

Team New Zealand’s First Light House Wins the Engineering Contest at the 2011 Solar Decathlon

We've been sitting on the edges of our seats all day, anxiously awaiting today's Engineering Contest results at the 2011 Solar Decathlon. The results were just announced, and we're happy to report that

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The Eight Foot House is an Elegant No-Waste Home in Colorado

The Eight Foot House is an Elegant No-Waste Home in Colorado

Dubbed the "Eight-Foot House," this elegant and minimalist new home in Denver, Colorado takes a “passive” approach to the idea of sustainable design. Rather than focusing on expensive active

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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 kept a small

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Tiny Charcoal-Colored Hut by Koji Kakiuchi Creates a Corridor to Nature

Tiny Charcoal-Colored Hut by Koji Kakiuchi Creates a Corridor to Nature

Clad in charred timber panels and finished off in Japanese cedar, this little hut has a negligible footprint. Indeed, it has only one room and a sheltered outdoor terrace that opens into the surrounding

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The DuPont Environmental Center Stands Guard Over Wilmington’s Wildlife Refuge

The DuPont Environmental Center Stands Guard Over Wilmington’s Wildlife Refuge

The Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge is located at the southernmost edge of Wilmington's downtown area. Situated on the edge of the refuge and at the terminus of the Riverwalk is the DuPont EEC.

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in.it.studios’ Prefab Garden Office Spaces Let You Work From Your Backyard

in.it.studios’ Prefab Garden Office Spaces Let You Work From Your Backyard

In.it.studios creates tiny prefab spaces for work, play, and even housing. Dedicated to responsible manufacturing, they construct their garden buildings not only with the greenest of materials, but also

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