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Off-grid shepherds' huts

by noreply@blogger.com (alex johnson) from Shedworking  (other blog) — Apr 29, 2016 01:10 AM
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Somerset-based Blackdown Shepherd Huts are launching a 'Eco Solar Huts' range in response to requests for environmentally-friendly huts, wired for 12V, with USB sockets. "We've had an increase in demand for huts that customers want situated in remote, unspoiled locations," says Will Vickery, who owns Blackdown which already use local suppliers, Somerset wool for insulation, apply predominantly water-based paints, and fit the exterior of the huts with British steel. "Alongside this, people want to feel good about having a low impact on the environment. We've also had requests for huts to be located where it is not possible or feasible to run mains power. "This eco-friendly method means that everything in the hut is powered without any mains electricity.  It even has a 12v fridge running off the solar.  Our huts have been designed to use as minimal power as possible so there will still be power even on grey days. "There is an inverter that steps up the 12v to 240v to run the gas hot water boiler fan, ignition and the gas hob ignition.  Inverters themselves use a small amount of energy when on. To this end, we have mounted a little remote ‘light' switch so the inverter only needs to be flicked on when the water or hob is needed to help people reduce the power being used." The Eco Solar huts can be powered with either semi-flexible Mono-crystalline solar panels curved over the roof or with rigid ground mounted panels. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Thursday posts are sponsored by Cabin Master : garden offices and studios to fit any size garden. Top quality contemporary or traditional buildings.

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UK’s longest treetop walkway opens at Westonbirt Arboretum

by Lucy Wang from Inhabitat - Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building » Architecture  (design blog) — Apr 29, 2016 01:08 AM
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Designed to seamlessly blend into the surrounding environment, the minimalist silver ribbon-like walkway features a natural color and materials palette to keep the focus on the landscape. The foundations are carefully located to avoid disturbance on existing trees. The 300-meter-long elevated path is punctuated at four key points by viewing platforms. The shape of the walkway was determined using advanced computation parametric principles that ensured an equidistant length of 10.5 meters between...

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Folded weathered steel Bird Blind pavilions mimic flight

by Lidija Grozdanic from Inhabitat - Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building » Architecture  (design blog) — Apr 29, 2016 01:08 AM
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The architects designed the Bird Blind pavilion in order to enhance the East Point bird-watching experience. A network of rehabilitated trails lead to and from the pavilion which acts as a shelter, gathering space, and vantage point for Lake Ontario and pond views. Related: Compressed-earth bird-watching center in Switzerland celebrates ancient building methods Laser-cut patterns on the side sheet are in the form of bird flocks, with the names of species that frequent this migratory flyover-stopover...

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LA prop builder designs tiny treehouses for houseplants

by Ana Lisa from Inhabitat - Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building » Architecture  (design blog) — Apr 29, 2016 01:08 AM
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LA-based artist Jedediah Corwyn Voltz works as a full-time prop builder for films, as an illustrator and painter. But he still finds time to dedicate time to his passion of building intricate tree houses around potted plants. His miniature artworks are built from pieces of scrap balsa and basswood, random fabrics and even semi-precious stones that ad a mysterious charm. Related: Takanori Aiba’s Amazing Bonsai Tree Castles are Miniature Living Worlds Delightful and multi-level, the...

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INFOGRAPHIC: The toxic dangers of living near an airport

by Kristine Lofgren from Inhabitat - Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building » Architecture  (design blog) — Apr 29, 2016 01:08 AM
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The US aviation industry has grown to be the most robust in the world, shuttling millions of passengers from one point to another every year. According to the New Jersey Institute of Technology, more than 8.5 million flights departed from US airports in 2014 alone. In addition, the number of airports increased from 15,161 in 1980 to 19,453 in 2013. Along with this rapid expansion, and under the aviation industry’s veneer of transport efficiency, lies a deadly secret very few people are willing...

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Beautiful light-filled Maggie’s Cancer Center opens up to nature in Manchester

by Lucy Wang from Inhabitat - Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building » Architecture  (design blog) — Apr 29, 2016 01:08 AM
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The new Maggie’s Cancer Center in Manchester is of particular significance to Lord Norman Foster, who was born and raised in the city and is a cancer survivor. “I have first-hand experience of the distress of a cancer diagnosis and understand how important Maggie’s Centres are as a retreat offering information, sanctuary and support,” said Lord Foster, Chairman and Founder of Foster + Partners. “Our aim in Manchester, the city of my youth, was to create a building that is welcoming, friendly...

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Alaska’s Dr. Seuss House is a whimsical tower made of stacked cabins

by Michelle Kennedy Hogan from Inhabitat - Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building » Architecture  (design blog) — Apr 29, 2016 01:08 AM
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This Willow, Alaska house is known as the Dr. Seuss house, for obvious reasons. Looking at the top, for example, one can see why it's considered to be one of the great architectural feats of America. For 10 years, the original owner on it

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Chetwoods unveils air-purifying “super-highway” for the middle of London

by Lacy Cooke from Inhabitat - Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building » Architecture  (design blog) — Apr 29, 2016 01:08 AM
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There are often unused spaces lurking in cities that detract from efficiency and beauty. One such space is London's underground Post Office Railway, closed in 2003. Architectural firm Chetwoods recently released plans for a WELL-line that would transform that abandoned line into a green "super-highway," not only taking polluting vehicles off the road but actually purifing the air and providing a much-needed green space for city dwellers beleaguered by smog. According to Chetwoods,...

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Shigeru Ban shares architecture wisdom in Ecuador after earthquake disaster

by Cat DiStasio from Inhabitat - Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building » Architecture  (design blog) — Apr 29, 2016 01:08 AM
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Architect Shigeru Ban is one of our favorites here at Inhabitat, but that’s usually just about his work. Now, we like him even more. Ban has traveled to Ecuador to pitch in after the deadly 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit on April 16, leaving more than 650 people dead and destroyed many buildings in the towns of Muisne and Pedernales. The Tokyo-born architect is no stranger to disaster recovery, having responded to a number of global disasters that left residents displaced. He worked...

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This energy efficent school campus replaces an old farm in France

by Lidija Grozdanic from Inhabitat - Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building » Architecture  (design blog) — Apr 29, 2016 01:08 AM
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"Rooms with a view" project add a 96-bed boarding house with communal areas to the existing teaching facilities composed of several volumes. The campus is located on an agricultural estate in Saint-Genis Laval. The manor house was extended in the 1970s to include a second set of buildings accommodating the teaching facilities and dining room. Twenty years later, the agro-food research laboratories, resembling industrial premises, were built on the outer boundaries of the plot. Related: 6 Exceptional...

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