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Turnbull Interview

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Here is a great interview with Elizabeth Turnbull, the Yale student who decided that dorms and rent weren’t for her financially and environmentally.  She built this house with the help of lots of folks in a workspace that she was rented to for free. That in combination with builder donations she was able to build this tiny house using renewable resources, non toxic materials and other eco friendly products.  Check out here story here

Solar Rundown

So I have yet to really dabble in solar energy, but it is something that I do want to implement in my tiny home.  So today I am simply posting great resources for solar power.  One of the greatest untapped energy resources that exists is the sun, of course the hurtle that exists is how to take this energy and capture it efficiently and cost effectively.  I have a good feeling that the next 5 years will bring huge innovations in solar energy with Obama’s plan for cleaner energy.

First off here is some basic info about solar panels

Here is a cheap panel that can charge 90% of all your gadgets, phones etc.

The day in the life of a solar panel installer here

Mainstream of solar through Home Depot

Weekend projects you can do here

Solar Tent Structure

For those of you who haven’t caught on, I am a very big fan of ultra modern architecture.  I love the minimalist approach when it comes to many things, houses included.  One trend I have noticed over the years is designers fascination with “tent houses.”  While these are tents, they are designed to be permanent or semi-permanent, often focus on bringing the outdoors in and are designed with a modern flair to them.

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Today we are looking at the Orange Solar Tent designed by ‘Orange’.  This design has a very unique feature as the entire canopy structure has several layers of cloth so that it can generate electricity and provide a vapor barrier.   The entire shell of this is a woven solar array, which admitedly is a few years out, but is coming soon, just not soon enough.

The idea is to later integrate wifi into the cloth as well as pockets inside the structure for magnetic induction charging of small electronics like cell phones.

Check out more over at Treehugger

Tiny House Tiny Garden: Maximizing space through design

As I make my way to a Tiny Life, I have recently started a garden to grow my own vegetables. To be honest I rather suck at it but Things are growing and I have been able to make about a metric ton of pesto so far. Today I found these really neat ideas for how to maximize space and grow food also.

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More at Treehugger

Modern Home Water Catchment

While this isn’t a traditional Tiny Home, I really loved the modern feel and of course the insane water catchment potential and look of this roof.  modern water catchmentThis house is still about 1,200 square feet smaller than a typical American home.  You can see several large tanks off the back of the house which is used to collect rain water from the roof.  One square foot of roof can yield ½ a gallon of water from 1 inch of rain.  So roughly estimating for this roof, one inch of rain yields over 1200 gallons of water!

The house is also cleverly designed to have an upper roof as primary shelter and sun shade and then there is a roof on the actually home’s structure.  This is brilliant because the main roof is topped with highly reflective metal, reducing heat absorption.  Then there is an air space between the main roof and the home’s roof to prevent any transference of heat to the home itself.  The space allows wind to cool both sides of the upper roof and keeps you cool below.

See more photos Here

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