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Innovative Green Homes
by Katy Purviance on 04/09/08 @ 11:21:09 am
Categories: Green Design, Articles | 251 words | 6294 views

I just read this article by Brie Cadman on FSBO.com called “Innovative Green Homes.”

In an attempt to create a more sustainable domicile, some homeowners use energy-efficient light bulbs, swap out normal showerheads for low-flow ones, or put on a sweater so they can turn down the thermostat. However, others are taking sustainability - and their homes - to the next level. These innovative designs move the owner off the grid, into the trees, and toward a more environmentally-sound future.

Earth Bag Home
Earthbag Home

Earthship
Earthship

They come in packaged, modular, hybrid, and custom; the above is an example of a modular Earthship. With water catchment from the roof, reuse of greywater, solar panels, and composting toilets, I could definitely tune in with nature, turn off the TV, and drop off the grid.

Project Biodome
Project BioDome

Edward Dilley, creator of Project Biodome, has a vision: pull drinking water from the air, gather heat and electricity from the sun, and live completely supplied for in his geodesic sustainable dome. Somewhere in the mountain near Elko, Nevada, he seems to be doing just that. According to his Web site, you can order a kit and construct one yourself. Might want to look into local building codes first.

Tree House
Tree House

If you aren’t afraid of heights, the 02 Sustainability Tree House could serve as your next home away from home. It is made from small amounts of eco-friendly resources and is hung by cables rather than bolted into trees, as to not disturb your structural helpers

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