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Best of 2013: Energy-Efficient Buildings Off The Grid

Best of 2013: Energy-Efficient Buildings Off The Grid | architecture | Scoop.it

The phrase "off the grid" is quite literal: It means these buildings are not connected to the power grid or sewer systems. There is no need for trash collection and removal, and building materials are often harvested locally—making it beneficial for the environment and your wallet.

Off-the-grid architecture originally had mixed connotations, but off-the-grid living has moved beyond the typical remote shack with no lighting systems. New chemical-free stains and finishes transform reclaimed wood into rich materials for façades, while sustained rammed-earth and recycled steel lend a certain rugged appeal. It has also allowed architects to be more inventive in terms of space, creating structures that provide the privacy of typical homes—without the carbon footprint.

The future of off-the-grid looks promising—perhaps in 2014 we'll see the trend implemented in pre-existing structures in urban areas. Until then, check out the best (and most sustainable) off-the-grid buildings from 2013...


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Norm Miller's curator insight, December 25, 2013 12:09 PM

Homes off the grid need energy storage and that is still the major issue, but TESLA is now making batteries for homes and someday they will be less costly.  For now such solutions are exotic and economically unreachable.

Ursula O'Reilly Traynor's curator insight, December 27, 2013 9:16 PM

Wouldn't it be good to stay in one of these buildings, even for just a short while ....I'm sure it would inspire more of us to think along the lines of sustainability for the built environment of the future. To think outside the box.

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Home really will be castle

Home really will be castle | architecture | Scoop.it


FAMILY FORTRESS: The castle takes shape on the site north of Oamaru, with the moat in the foreground. The castle will also have a drawbridge, dungeon, a secret passageway, battlements and a large domed painted ceiling.


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BIG DREAM: Dot Smith's vision for a castle is becoming reality.
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Home: no place like it - Irish Times

Home: no place like it - Irish Times | architecture | Scoop.it
Home: no place like it
Irish Times
Home is New Zealand. It is a beautiful place. The schools, he agrees, are mostly free and mostly fine. But no, he cannot go home. His brother is there – an architect.
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Apartments rise as NZ building boom tipped - TVNZ

Apartments rise as NZ building boom tipped - TVNZ | architecture | Scoop.it
Apartments rise as NZ building boom tipped
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New Zealand is predicted to be on the verge of its biggest construction boom in 40 years and there was evidence of a building revival in Auckland today.
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Five steps to restoring an affordable housing market - National - NZ Herald News

Five steps to restoring an affordable housing market - National - NZ Herald News | architecture | Scoop.it
Home ownership in New Zealand rose from 50 per cent in 1936 to a peak of 76 per cent in 1986, before dropping back to about 65 per cent today. - New Zealand Herald
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Article that blamed chlamydia in New Zealand on Irish builders was “inaccurate”

Article that blamed chlamydia in New Zealand on Irish builders was “inaccurate” | architecture | Scoop.it
An article attributed rising sexual disease figures to the presence of Irish builders, but the New Zealand Press Council says that was “discriminatory”.
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A Green Roof Meets the Ground at the Wave House, France

A Green Roof Meets the Ground at the Wave House, France | architecture | Scoop.it

Patrick Nadeau's experimental wave-shaped house gets built in France.

From the architect: The house is alive, changing its appearance, colour and odour with the seasons. New plants can be brought by the wind, insects or birds and gives the building a certain character or even a fallow ground-wave, hence the name La Maison-vague, which could equally and poetically signify an ocean wave or an open field.


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jardinelviejito's curator insight, December 7, 2013 8:08 AM

Esto es en Francia, pero no es necesario estar en un país europeo o con 4 estaciones para poder desarrollar proyectos similares en este país, en el que casi que es innecesario sembrar el techo, ya que la naturaleza puede, y lo haría, cubrir con un manto vegetal ese techo terrado.

VdeKaram's curator insight, December 7, 2013 9:14 AM

Cada vez se ve mas la intencion de los ciudadanos por construir viviendas verdes o techos verdes. Una tendencia actual mundial. Es importante conocer los metodos y el mantenimiento de dichas estructuras, asi como tambien el clima en el que es favorable implementar este tipo de vivienda.

 

 

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GASP – STAGE 2 BY ROOM 11

GASP – STAGE 2 BY ROOM 11 | architecture | Scoop.it
GASP – stage 2 by Room 11, Blunt forms frame and command the superlative Tasmanian landscape, Glenorchy, Tasmania, Australia, Architecture, Project
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Architect's unique take on rebuilding Christchurch - 3News NZ

Architect's unique take on rebuilding Christchurch - 3News NZ | architecture | Scoop.it
Architect's unique take on rebuilding Christchurch 3News NZ Christchurch's current situation is exactly one of those spaces, says Mr Haiek – who visited New Zealand this week on a fact-finding mission ahead of his upcoming residency at the Elam...
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Anything goes as Christchurch rebuilds, New Zealand

Anything goes as Christchurch rebuilds, New Zealand
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In fact, Christchurch was considered the most English city in New Zealand, home to elegant Victorian buildings and gothic architecture. "After the earthquake, it's more multicultural.
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Office building by Agence Jouin Manku has dragon-like scales

Office building by Agence Jouin Manku has dragon-like scales | architecture | Scoop.it
Curving iridescent structures resembling the scaled bodies of a pair of dragons slump over the top of this new wing at an office campus outside Paris.

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Loan rule exemption for home builders - Radio New Zealand

Loan rule exemption for home builders - Radio New Zealand | architecture | Scoop.it
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Loan rule exemption for home builders
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The Reserve Bank of New Zealand has been congratulated for dropping new lending restrictions on loans to build new houses.
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New Green Building Products Are Great, But Make Sure They Work

New Green Building Products Are Great, But Make Sure They Work | architecture | Scoop.it
Given how much room for improvement we have in making our buildings more sustainable, we should certainly welcome the efforts of companies to release more green building components. Recently, busin...

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Krymskaya embankment / Wowhaus Architecture Bureau | ArchDaily

Krymskaya embankment / Wowhaus Architecture Bureau | ArchDaily | architecture | Scoop.it
Architects: Wowhaus Architecture Bureau Location: Moscow, Russia Architect In Charge: Maria Gulida, Alena Zaytseva, Roman Kuchukov, Darya Melnik, Tatyana.
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