Continuing in our series, we have two new videos of houses from the solar decathlon. The first is from Indiana which is a great example of how a very traditional looking home can utilize these approaches. Next up is a house that severs as a contrast to the first, this is a very modern looking home that will be sure to stand out.
Every 2 years there is an event in Washington DC called the solar decathlon. This is a competition of 92 universities that come together and create 92 different off the grid houses. I have been wanting to go for a long time, but this year isn’t my year. However, they make some really awesome videos for it, so this week I am going to highlight many of them.
Here is a great video I just found of Dee Williams and her thoughts on Tiny Houses and what it means for her in her life. I couldn’t help but be struck by the question she posed: in your final breath of life, what is the one thing from this life you wish to hold. It struck me in a profound moment of clarify and it made me think not WHAT I would want to hold, but WHO. I think I have said this often, but it is relationships that matter, not things.
I covered this a while ago, but the concept has finally seen the light of day, check out the sleepbox. It is designed to be a short term hotel room of sorts, allowing travelers to take some time to catch a nap or relax in a clean, comfortable and safe environment.
In mid-August 2011, the first Sleepbox was installed at the Aeroexpress terminal of Sheremetyevo International Airport, Moscow, Russia. It represents the base version made of MDF with a natural ash-tree veneer. This Sleepbox attracted such a great deal of interest from passengers and big companies that chances are first commercially operated boxes will be installed at airports and in the city by the end of this year.