Ecocapsule aims at “anywhere-living” with own energy & water

July 26, 2020 john 21 24260 11:36

Can off-grid, anywhere-living appeal the masses? The Ecocapsule mobile dwelling gathers solar/wind energy, harvests/filters water. It shelters up to 2 comfortably and includes all essentials: kitchen, toilet, shower, folding bed, storage. Sona Pohlova and Tomáš Žáček created the original design in 2014 for a client with a ranch who didn’t have the infrastructure for guest…

New Earthships capture more energy, water & food at lower cost

July 12, 2020 john 20 48569 24:18

With walls made from old tires packed with earth, as well as upcycled glass bottles and cans, Earthships have always been built with mainly found materials. The home provides its own energy (with photovoltaics and passive solar and geothermal tubes), water (rainwater and even dew-water capture) and grows food in the essential greenhouse (necessary for…

Blogger builds efficient, off-grid Passive House in Colorado

September 25, 2017 john 20 37829 20:14

Twenty years ago Andrew Michler bought a $60,000 solar shack in the Colorado mountains that “immediately fell apart” and inspired two decades of experiments in off-grid living. Today, he and his wife live in the reconfigured shack and he has turned a former shed on the property into an ultra low-consuming Passive House (Passivhaus). “Passive…

Sunbathed small wooden studio in calm forest near Barcelona

March 9, 2016 john 0 1959 12:05

Tasked with building a tiny studio in the hills outside Barcelona, architect Pablo Elorduy (of Dom Arquitectura) created an all-wooden shelter stunning in its simplicity, efficient thanks to smart design. http://www.dom-arquitectura.com The orientation takes advantage of Spanish sun for heating: large windows open the South side to winter sun; protective shading blocks direct summer sun.…