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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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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Underground Swiss Mountain Retreat Peeks Out From the Terraced Stone Hillside

Underground Swiss Mountain Retreat Peeks Out From the Terraced Stone Hillside

Call it natural minimalism - the über site-appropriate design is realized in large part through the dry stacked stone walls which tame the landscape and provide a natural façade. The exterior

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Steven Holl’s Sliced Porosity Block Tops Off in Chengdu, China

Steven Holl’s Sliced Porosity Block Tops Off in Chengdu, China

The project is slated to achieve LEED Gold. The design includes, amongst many other things, a sizable ground source heat pump consisting of 480 wells to provide heating and cooling for the

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6 Exceptional Eco Schools

6 Exceptional Eco Schools

Philippine Bamboo School Project FROG Oaxaca School of Plastic Arts APAP Open School German High School School of Art, Design and Media The Green School This magnificent school campus

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Solar Manufacturer Solyndra Files for Bankruptcy

Solar Manufacturer Solyndra Files for Bankruptcy

Solar startup Solyndra has just shut down, announcing their intention to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and immediately let go of most of their 1000 employees. The news comes as a

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Containers To Clinics Provides Critical Medical Care in Haiti

Containers To Clinics Provides Critical Medical Care in Haiti

The containers are more complex than one would guess after a first glance. C2C partnered with Anshen + Allen Architects and Stack Design Build to design and build a prototype, and the team has

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Equinox Brewing’s Keg Trike Delivers Fresh Brews

Equinox Brewing’s Keg Trike Delivers Fresh Brews

Before prohibition there were corner breweries in most cities where locals would go to take a load off at the end of the day. Those breweries had to use local ingredients, which created a quilt

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La Tonnelle Wine Tasting Room Tucks Into the Terraced Cliffs of Switzerland

La Tonnelle Wine Tasting Room Tucks Into the Terraced Cliffs of Switzerland

The design scheme integrates the tasting rooms into the land, emulating the rocky cliff where grape vines enjoy the warm and moisture-laden air. The multi-level building has few exterior clues

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C. F. Møller’s Colorful New Copenhagen School Takes A Nod from its Historic Neighbors

C. F. Møller’s Colorful New Copenhagen School Takes A Nod from its Historic Neighbors

Sølvgade School, built in 1847 near the historic naval barracks in Nyboder, Copenhagen was in need of an overhaul. C. F. Møller Architects started with a major renovation of the historic

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