I found this video and it got me thinking, what if we here in America had laws and the politicians thinking this way. The other really good point this video brings up is with all the concerns about being eco-friendly, sustainable and peak oil, it can get overwhelming. In a way it doesn’t matter whether or not peak oil is happening, whether there is such thing as global warming, we should be taking on the goals of sustainability for a plethora of reasons.
I have talked about straw bale houses before (see post) but this house is a whole new take on bales, specifically cardboard bales. For those who might not be familiar most retail stores and other truck/shipping places have a large machine in the back called a baler, basically you throw your cardboard in them and you have them recycled. You can even make money off the sale. But there are some cardboards that are simply not able to be recycled. So check out this neat take on bale houses.
Here is a Tiny House that was designed to be eco-nomical, eco-friendly, and eco-logical. Measuring at 523 square feet and $50,000-$100,000 this Tiny House is designed to be setup off the grid.
The Osprey includes a bedroom, bathroom, living room, galley kitchen, and integrated decks. It can easily go off-the-grid, as well, if that’s what the homeowner wants or needs. The standing seam metal roof has room for thin-film solar to generate some or all of the home’s energy needs.
- Energy Star, low-e windows;
- Energy Star appliances;
- R21 walls, R19 floors, and R50 ceilings;
- 15.5 SEER/8.5 HSPF ductless HVAC;
- On-demand tankless water heater;
- Zero-VOC paints and an air filtration/cleaning system;
- Low-flow faucets and showerheads;
So I saw this today and it had such character and the reuse and re purposing of these materials is so neat I had to share. As most of us know, wine is often fermented in wooden barrels. Typically these barrels are oak, often from french oak trees, but what I didn’t realize is that they only last about 10 years and cost around $1000 a barrel! So this company takes the barrels which are often sold for rather cheap, straightens them out, mills then and the installs as wood flooring.