Surplus Shipping Containers as an Eco-Friendly Housing Solution

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Sep 28, 2016 11:09:38 AM

Surplus shipping containers are plentiful, and some say even aesthetically pleasing, so here is how some say they make an eco-friendly housing solution.

From, we found this story on how shipping containers are being used as student housing, floating showrooms, a store, self-contained farming units and even a replica of Stonehenge.

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Do Inner-Outer Courtyards Give Us Homes Designed for Climate Change?

Posted by Ben Mancini, Guest Contributor

Sep 20, 2016 10:21:11 AM

“The only way to implement our vision
for society is to bring it down to the
situation of a single household” Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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The Latest New Home Amenity: RV Parking?

Posted by Pete Reeb, John Burns Real Estate

Sep 19, 2016 3:09:06 PM

From John Burns Real Estate Consulting:

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Options for Community Living

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Sep 2, 2016 12:11:08 PM

This renovated 1,436-square-foot 1970s ranch earns a HERS score of 40—lower than most new builds.

When most people think efficiency, they think of newly built houses. In this case, the United Way of Long Island Housing Development Corporation completely renovated a 1,436-square-foot, three-bedroom 1970s ranch in Patchogue, N.Y., on Long Island. The home now earns a HERS score of 40—a lower score than most new builds.

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Affordable, High-Performance House: Bates Avenue

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Aug 30, 2016 10:53:04 AM

This 1,104-square-foot home achieves a HERS score of 57.

As a landlord leasing affordable homes built in the 1970s and 1980s, Scott Willemsen of Sunroc Builders in Lakeland, Fla., watched his tenants pay hundreds of dollars each month on electric bills. He decided to take matters into his own hands, and build affordable, energy-efficient homes that were not available in his market. He used SIPs on the 1,104-square-foot home on Bates Avenue, which has a HERS score of 57.

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