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UT Zero

Students and faculty at the University of Tennessee Knoxville have created a zero energy house that not only teaches the students around campus about sustainable design, but also reaches a wider audience in the surrounding community. The site really comes alive on college game days, when the campus is not just populated with UT’s 20,000 student population but also by 100,000-plus residents from the state of Tennessee and surrounding areas. This is a great chance for both communities to experience the green design concept firsthand.

More Photos on their Flikr Stream: here

Via: http://utzero.utk.edu/

Micro House Concepts

Today I came upon two micro houses that are still pretty conceptual, not quite ready to live in, I still seeing these types of ideas.

Super-Tramp Mobile Micro House

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UN V 2.0

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6 Hour Shed

So this shed ranging from 64 square feet to 240 square feet can be set up in as little as 6 hours!  While you would need to add the utilities this can be pre-configured for your needs.  Here is what they say about the materials they use:

Currently Studio Shed’s prefabricated panels use a variety of green building materials. Every Studio Shed is constructed from FSC-certified dimensional lumber. Both the aluminum-frame windows and the HardieBacker siding are recyclable materials. They use Low-VOC paint on all surfaces and have engineered the structure to create an absolute minimum of waste.




Tiny Lake House

This Tiny House is absolutely darling.  It reminds me of a birdhouse in a way.  It is 250 square feet with another 125 square feet for the deck.  Resting on a simple foundation, the designers used SIPs (structurally insulated panels – see more about them tomorrow)  for the floor and the roofs.  This allowed this house to be constructed in 3 weeks!  The process included using recycled materials, a water catchment system, a efficient heating and cooling system and LED/CFL lights through out.  With a small sleeping loft and a front that opens like a garage door, it has a very simple and practical approach.

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Sustainable MiniHome For Sale

mini1Today the MiniHome was put up for sale, it is a prototype that I really liked.  The house is made form completely sustainable materials and is already setup to live 100% off the grid.  Its a interesting styling, almost akin to a box car and for some reason it brings images of a 50′s Dinner to mind.  I really like the inside, it is big, bright and well laid out.  The unit is a prefab unit which has many perks to it, but it being sold for $100k which seems a bit steep.

mini2The inside is laid out beautifully.  I really like the use of the stair case as a bookshelf.  The combination of light woods, white walls and windows galore makes for a really nice package.  The house is around 350 square feet and I know for a period of time the designer and his daughter lived in this unit very comfortably.

mini3One aspect I really like is that this house uses a combination of clear, gray and black water.  For some of you out there who don’t know, gray water is partially treated water, black is untreated water.  When I lived in Australia  every house had a solar water heater and two water lines, clear and gray.  The clear water line was hooked up for any source that you consume, while gray went to laundry, toilets and the garden hose.  This is a really brilliant concept that works very well in Australia, but has yet to make its way over here.  Combined this with a dual flush toilet (small flush for “number one” and a larger flush for “number two”) and the impact is so much smaller.

Loyd Alter sums up the house when he says this:

Designed for a 50-year life expectancy, the miniHome offers the possibility for year-round, affordable living on almost any site. It is equally at home in a remote, wilderness setting – completely off-grid – or in an urban trailer park. Its remarkably sustainable combination of energy efficient systems and beautiful finishes usually associated with luxury condominiums results in a home that sings the virtues of simplicity and conservation

source: here