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From itsy-bitsy trailer-bound abodes to transformative Manhattan pads, tours of green homes of all shapes and sizes dominate this week's link roundup.
Sat, Oct 13, 2012 at 12:08 PM
TreeHugger takes a gander
at Ecologia Montreal
, a home built to prove that "it's possible to build an ecological house without sacrificing contemporary design." Lloyd Alter's assessment? "It's big. It has geothermal radiant heating under wood floors, which is like insulating your radiator. But other than that there is a lot going for it: local materials, low VOC, hemp and lime plaster. Of course, it is topped off with a green roof."
AOL Real Estate packs its bags
for a visit to yet another off the grid community. This week, it's Lasqueti Island in British Columbia. Krisanne Alcantara describes the scene: "Surrounded by the inky waters of the Georgia Strait and bordered by 12 miles of scenic, rocky coastline, it's appears to be a Shangri-La of sorts. But before you pack up and haul out of the suburbs to start afresh in the idyls of the Lasquetian isle, be warned: You might not have electricity."
Curbed NY tours
the Graham Hill's LifeEdited
apartment — a 420-square-foot Manhattan pad designed to fit 1,100-square-feet worth of rooms — as part of last weekend's Open House NY
. I didn't even realize this was one of the OHNY offerings (late addition?). My own OHNY adventures found me in/at Victorian Flatbush
, the Brooklyn Army Terminal
, and at a passive house in Park Slope that I've been ask not to share photos of or talk much about. I also tried to tour a wastewater treatment plant
but got stuck in traffic. Sad city.
Arch Daily visits
a beautiful solar-powered abode in the Canary Islands with a mouthful of a name: "House in Bioclimatic Experimental Urbanization."
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