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] Hyper-Localization of Sustainable Architecture to be published in 2014.

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Passivhaus Institute Ends Relationship With Passive House Institute US

Passivhaus Institute Ends Relationship With Passive House Institute US

The founder of Passivhaus and director of Passivhaus Institute PHI, Dr. Wolfgang Fiest, has just sent word that the Passive House Institute United States (PHIUS) will no longer be able to

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Zimbabwe Plans Massive CFL Light Bulb Exchange To Reduce Power Demand

Zimbabwe Plans Massive CFL Light Bulb Exchange To Reduce Power Demand

Zimbabwe has had a pretty rough decade, with its standard of living falling to one of the lowest in the world. Power is one of the victims of the economic and political strife, but the

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Leça Seaside Swimming Pools are a Stunning Fusion of Nature and the Man-Made

Leça Seaside Swimming Pools are a Stunning Fusion of Nature and the Man-Made

Photo Velcro on flickr Siza did not have a large budget, or even topological survey, so he carefully studied the site to establish the best way to use the existing rock formations with

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Prefab M_house System Makes Complex Forms Out of Simple Materials

Prefab M_house System Makes Complex Forms Out of Simple Materials

The house’s core feature is its set of structural members that support both the walls and the roof. The M-shaped “ribs” can be configured in a multitude of different angles. 3 strips of

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Dutch Government Testing System That Taxes Drivers Based on Car Use

Dutch Government Testing System That Taxes Drivers Based on Car Use

The Netherlands is testing a new car use tax system that will tax drivers based upon the environmental impact of their driving rather than just taxing the vehicle itself. The trials utilize a

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New CO2 Sand Bricks are 2.5 Times Stronger than Concrete

New CO2 Sand Bricks are 2.5 Times Stronger than Concrete

Japanese construction and design firm TIS & Partners has just unveiled a strong and surprisingly low-tech brick that can be rapidly produced in disaster areas, and applied to the quick

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One of the Safest Investments of All Could be Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

One of the Safest Investments of All Could be Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

As we see the stock market spiral downwards while investors pick their jaws off the floor and rush to safer securities, we have an investment suggestion of our own. Home energy efficiency

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London’s Heathrow Airport Unveils ULTra Personal Electric Transportation Pods

London’s Heathrow Airport Unveils ULTra Personal Electric Transportation Pods

London’s Heathrow airport has just opened an advanced electric personal shuttle system to the public that is completely automated. The ULTra sustainable personal transit is a futuristic and

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Budi Pradono’s Naturally Cooled R-House Brings Nature Indoors

Budi Pradono’s Naturally Cooled R-House Brings Nature Indoors

From the street the home looks almost typical for the neighborhood; it's graced with a large terrace that connects with the street and a gate that has been turned into a green wall. The true

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Rainbow-Hued oLE KiRk Lego Lamps Cast Fascinating Shadows

Rainbow-Hued oLE KiRk Lego Lamps Cast Fascinating Shadows

While we’d never thought of it before, it turns out that our favorite building blocks also make for excellent lamp shades that cast fun patterns of shadow and light onto the surrounding

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PHOTOS: Astana’s Khan Shatyr is the World’s Biggest Tent!

PHOTOS: Astana’s Khan Shatyr is the World’s Biggest Tent!

photos by Karim Yergaliyev Developed by Foster + Partners to be a center piece for the new capital city of Astana, Kazakhstan, the project had to withstand the extreme temperature swings of

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Shigeru Ban Unveils Towering Cardboard Cathedral for Christchurch

Shigeru Ban Unveils Towering Cardboard Cathedral for Christchurch

A devastating earthquake all but leveled Christchurch’s older buildings in February, however Shigeru Ban just unveiled a massive temporary cardboard building that will replace the city's

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VIDEO: Dude Goes Water Skiing On a Recycled Couch

VIDEO: Dude Goes Water Skiing On a Recycled Couch

You may know how to couch surf, but we bet you haven't couch water skied yet. We spotted this inventive example of furniture reuse and couldn't help but admire the engineering prowess and skill

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Nissan Leaf’s New Vehicle Charger Lets Your Car Power Your House

Nissan Leaf’s New Vehicle Charger Lets Your Car Power Your House

The Nissan Leaf, heralded as the first all-electric production car, has yet another neat trick up its sleeve. Just unveiled in Japan, the car's charger can send the battery's stored

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NASA’s Juno Spaceship to Jupiter Will Make the Most Distant Use of Solar Power Ever

NASA’s Juno Spaceship to Jupiter Will Make the Most Distant Use of Solar Power Ever

NASA is prepared to launch a mission to Jupiter this week that will probe deep into the planet's clouds to reveal what it is made of. The Juno spacecraft will also make history by being the most

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Ruins of 16th Century Spanish House Converted to Modern Academy

Ruins of 16th Century Spanish House Converted to Modern Academy

The large stone and plaster house was first built in the 1500s, and it went through several awkward additions before it was finally abandoned. Now the property, surrounded by an industrial park,

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BMW Unveils Breakthrough i3 and i8 Electric Vehicles

BMW Unveils Breakthrough i3 and i8 Electric Vehicles

BMW just raised the stakes for electric vehicles by unveiling its new i Series concept cars. The runabout all-electric i3 is to debut in 2013, followed by the sporty i8 hybrid in 2014. Both

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NREL And Verizon Announce Partnership To Implement Cutting-Edge Energy Efficiency Tech

NREL And Verizon Announce Partnership To Implement Cutting-Edge Energy Efficiency Tech

Yesterday, the National Renewable Energy Lab NREL in Golden Colorado announced a first-of-its-kind memorandum of understanding with telecom giant Verizon to help develop and implement energy

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Chris Drury’s “Carbon Sink” Art Installation Strikes Nerve of Wyoming Coal Industry

Chris Drury’s “Carbon Sink” Art Installation Strikes Nerve of Wyoming Coal Industry

The piece is a 36' diameter swirl of pine beetle-infested logs which progressively become more charred as they reach the center of the vortex. Placed on a bed of coal, the message is clear that

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Sonnenschiff: Solar City Produces 4X the Energy it Consumes

Sonnenschiff: Solar City Produces 4X the Energy it Consumes

The project started out as a vision for an entire community -- the medium-density project balances size, accessibility, green space, and solar exposure. In all, 52 homes make up a neighborhood

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Team New Jersey Unveils Durable Concrete ENJOY House for the 2011 Solar Decathlon

Team New Jersey Unveils Durable Concrete ENJOY House for the 2011 Solar Decathlon

Although the home is made to sit comfortably on the beach, a parking lot will have to suffice for now. Two of the home's most striking features are its materials and its size. The concrete slabs

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Old Post Office Renovation Will Give Way to Massive Development in Heart of Chicago

Old Post Office Renovation Will Give Way to Massive Development in Heart of Chicago

A newly unveiled proposal for the huge old post office in downtown Chicago is only the beginning of a grandiose plan to build a massive mixed-use development. Architect firm Booth Hansen and

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Gehry’s Luna Park Plan to Transform Historic French Site is Put on Ice

Gehry’s Luna Park Plan to Transform Historic French Site is Put on Ice

Frank Gehry’s vision for a series of his signature folded towers placed in the heart of the historic Parc des Ateliers in Arles, France will have to wait - as the project has just been put on

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Enproyecto Arquitectura’s Spanish Coastal Stone Cabin Holds More Than a Few Surprises

Enproyecto Arquitectura’s Spanish Coastal Stone Cabin Holds More Than a Few Surprises

Located on the outskirts of a small agricultural village, the house is surrounded by cherry fields and is graced by a sweeping view of the coast. Zoning only allows for a 25 square meter

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Physicist Claims Fukushima Disaster Health Risk Grossly Underestimated

Physicist Claims Fukushima Disaster Health Risk Grossly Underestimated

The Fukushima Nuclear disaster could affect more people’s health than Chernobyl according to Chris Busby, a chemical physicist who specializes in nuclear radiation. In a recent interview with

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San Francisco’s Greenest Office Building Tops Off!

San Francisco’s Greenest Office Building Tops Off!

The start-then-stop history of the project turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The building was originally designed to be a typical office next to city hall, however after the first halt in

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LEED Platinum Bagley Classroom Aims for Passive House and Net Zero Energy

LEED Platinum Bagley Classroom Aims for Passive House and Net Zero Energy

The list of the building's achievements is remarkable. The core of the project is its super efficient walls, which are made from 16 inches of Structural Insulated Panels or SIPs. Built to

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House of Five Dreams: Rammed Earth Eco Home Keeps its Cool in the Sonoran Desert

House of Five Dreams: Rammed Earth Eco Home Keeps its Cool in the Sonoran Desert

The project combines a modernist house with a private museum, forging a synthesis between two different design aesthetics. The 6000 square-foot residence rests on its massive rammed earth base

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KfW Headquarters Aims to be the Most Energy-Efficient Office Tower in Europe

KfW Headquarters Aims to be the Most Energy-Efficient Office Tower in Europe

Sauerbruch Hutton designed the building to harmonize with its surrounding environs. The shape of the building is angled to let the prevailing breezes slip by, reducing uneven air pressures

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