Sustainable Green Housing For New Orleans

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When I seen these home designs it instantly appealed to me as the use of natural foliage for shade is something that can also be utilised for shipping container housing as we all know sitting under trees in the shade makes things a lot more bearable so why not put an entire house or apartments under greenery?

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GreeNOLA (NOLA being short for New Orleans, Louisiana) took the win in a Global Green Competition. It was submitted by New York-based architects Andrew Kotchen and Matthew Berman of Workshop/APD.

The GreeNOLA plan takes six houses and two multifamily units which employ energy-efficient appliances, solar power and recycled building materials. Also integrating child care and a community garden in the hope this will help cut down on pollution and reduce energy consumption by at least 50%.

Runner-up design: NOLA shotgunLOFT, Schwartz Architecture/Frederic Schwartz – NYC, NY

Although runner up with ShotgunLOFT by Frederic Schwartz of Schwartz Architecture didn’t win his design works well with modular construction and trellis’s to give natural shade stepped away from the buildings. On top of looking at the design and home elements the cost of building the units was also looked at by the designer who came up with a self-help/sweat equity financial model. Which I agree with as it brings in the human element of pride and being part of the project.

Shipping Container Home -Red Neck Retreat

Shipping Container Red Neck Retreat - Home

Shipping container homes have existed in other forms besides the yuppies wanting to do something positive and the fanatical greens. Its a practical home for hunters and fishermen due to the price and characteristics of having a shipping container as a home. Location is always an issue but the thing with the container when being sited it can transport most of the materials with it inside for whatever purpose its required. This home is made from two 40ft shipping containers and designed for its off grid location with a composting toilet solar photovoltaic power supply, a solar water heater as well as a biomass heater. From the outside it doesn’t look too exciting but inside its gone down the route of a traditional hunting lodge. I would advise dropping by The Chive for more photos and information as they have various parts of the construction going on so you can see the project being developed over a time frame.

The construction of the shipping container home involved stud partitioning using 2×4 batons that was then insulated and panelled over with wood. Double glazed windows were also used on three sides of the home.

The home offers two nice bedrooms and a bathroom with a composting toilet. The back of the container home is also partly buried to help with insulation helping to create an ambient temperature. A wood burner stove takes care of those cold winter nights.

Via The Chive

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Sleep Box – For Weary Travellers

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Not exactly a modular home but its still modular in form. These would be a welcome sight in many an airport as it would allow a quick nap with all your luggage secure, making those long haul flights with long waits between destinations at airports bearable. Arch Group came up with this novel idea and its size is only 4 square metres in floor space. Mood setting LED’s adjust to give you the ambience you need to relax and it has just enough room to suit 3 people to have a power nap before carrying on with the journey.

Thing is travellers are more concerned about time and money. Going to a hotel takes both and shelling out on an overpriced airport hotel at that. These temporary and moveable structures offer up a very viable solution as you can rent it for as little as 30 minutes. Good ventilation also helps keep the Sleepbox fresh as well as electric blinds to help shut out unwanted light and a bit of privacy to get changed.

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Team China’s Y Shipping Container Home For The Solar Decathlon

Team China’s Y Shipping Container Home For The Solar Decathlon

As I have mentioned already on another post I was impressed with the Chinese design for the Solar Decathlon. The Shipping container Y Container home submitted by Shanghai’s Tongji University embraces cargotecture in a modern way. Not only with the home design shape but also the six recycled shipping container structure also is easy to transport, energy efficient and incorporates sustainable technology.

The design offers up an off grid way of life with three veranda areas as well as an open porch. Wooden screens extend the facade of the perimeter and can be rolled back to open up the interior.

The roof as like many other shipping container home designs utilizes them for photovoltaic panels but what is a little different is the heat build up is transferred into the shipping containers floor for heating as well as heating water. Vacuum insulation has also been utilized to help with heat loss and gain.

The icing on the cake being the Y shape itself, not just a gimmick but it offers up natural ventilation as it can tunnel in air from whichever direction a wind or breeze is available. Hot air meets at the central triangular area where the containers join and is ventilated out while the cool air continues to circulate.

Its designed round cheap home designs for couples in Shanghai. Yet this same design and model could be used anywhere by anyone. I often here critics talking of “I couldn’t live in that” when they refer to shipping container homes but at the same time they aren’t thinking of people trying to get on the housing ladder or people that are looking for a low cost form of sustainable housing. I pretty much love everything the house has to offer, its well thought through and should be a home that goes into production.

 
 
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THE WEBSITE STILL SEEMS A WORK IN PROGRESS BUT WORTH A VISIT :- http://solardecathlon.tongji.edu.cn/

Solar Decathlon Entries Offering Up Some Amazing Energy Efficient Modern Homes.

image China’s Tongji University offer up this shipping container home for new couples on a budget.Appalachian State University entry, the Solar Homestead Team Canada - TRTL design is based on the mound shape of Southern Alberta’s Native peoples' homes. The perFORM[D] House by Florida State University Hawaii's Model home Re_home, by the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign The Chesapeake Bay’s ecosystem was the inspiration for the University of Maryland’s WaterShed house. Middlebury College designed this 2 bedroom gabled home. It has a green wall in the kitchen and its primary focuses were family orientation in communal areas. Victoria University of Wellington From New Zealand entered with First Light Ohio State’s enCORE is a family friendly energy-efficient solution. Stevens Institute of Technology partnered with Habitat to create Empowerhouse. This 1 bedroom home offers up great energy efficiency that consumes 90% less than most homes for heating and cooling. INhome offered up the Purdue design home which has a self watering green wall, air purification system and also conserves warm and cool air Team Belgium’s E-Cube - Modular home

Southern California Institute of Architecture and California Institute of Technology offer up the CHIP home a house of the future which has a layer of "outsolation and its energy use can be controlled with an iPAD application  The State University of New Jersey and New Jersey Institute of Technology - created the ENJOY House which has an inverted roof hip that is calibrated for optimal solar energy and rainwater collection

 Team Florida’s Flex House offers passive cooling and shuttering to reduce heat. The Solar Roofpod is from Team New York - based on reclaiming wasted roof top spaces.

4D comes from Team Massachusetts utilizing passive cooling aswell as still keeping the home simple in design.   Living Light’s UT Solar Decathlon House - Designed by the University of Tennessee

Unit 6 Unplugged by Team Tidewater Virginia to create a solar home with a beautiful porch and floor-to-ceiling windows.

The 2011 Solar Decathlon has seen 20 teams enter the competition from around the world at the National Mall’s West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C. it opens on September the 23rd and well worth taking a look if your in the area. I find the most interesting entry from China doesn’t offer up anything too fancy but I do find a lot of the entries a bit rectangular in design. Nothing wrong with it but the China’s Tongji University design seems to offer something a bit more interesting in shape. Its a personal choice though. Plenty of ideas on show as well as unique and interesting buildings.

Shipping Container Grocery Store – Seattle, U.S.

Shipping container Grocery Store

The Stockbox Grocers venture idea is to bring essential groceries and fresh produce to urban areas that struggle for access and cost of healthy food. The first miniature shipping container grocery store opened in Delridge in Seattle. Its the prototype of the venture and will be tested at its location for 2 months before looking Stockbox look to introduce other mini grocery stores around Seattle.

The concept and hopes of Stockbox is that it will become easy for residents to walk or bike to the stores to buy fresh food. A small grocery store can meet the needs of urban communities and in reality it used to! We have been slowly converting things to suit the car and the out of town shopping when in theory these places should never have been removed. The advantages of this model though is partnering deals will be struck to allow the Stockbox grocers to operate on car parks around Seattle. The other positive thing about this venture is its targeting the people within communities that only have public transport as an option which isn’t the greatest when looking to shop.

Monday September 12th seen Ferrence and Jacqueline Gjurgevich open the first store at West Haven Apartments car park in Delridge. The small stores can handle 5 customers at a time only need one attendant and will be open 7 days a week.

“A lot of people who come in are breaking down the myth that people of low income and mixed income don’t want access to organic or natural food,” Ferrence tells GOOD. In the first week, the shop proved to be successful and interestingly enough, the most popular items were orange juice, lemons, Dave’s Killer Bread, corn and Annie’s Mac and Cheese.

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New Zealand Uses Recycled Shipping Containers To Promote New Zealand Films (New Zealand On Screen)

New Zealand on Screen Uses Recycled Shipping Containers  

Bit of a gimmick project but one that is likely to interest if not just from the film front but also curiousity as to “what is inside”. The shipping container multi media rooms bring film to the general public as well as easily mobile to take from town to town especially with their more mobile caravan version. From October 23rd New Zealand On Screen will show iconic New Zealand films, TV and music videos both inside and on the exterior of the shipping containers in Auckland and Wellington. The caravan setup on the other hand will tour small towns that wouldn’t normally be part of the film festival.

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Shipping Container Summer Offices In Sardinia – DesignBoom

Designboom‘s summer offices are located on the island of Sardinia away from their main base in Milan. Bit of a retreat from the city living the team started to work on their idea of building the summer offices out of shipping containers. An ideal solution to the problems with Sardinia’s strict building codes as shipping containers like many other parts of the world fall into “temporary” accommodation. The three 20ft shipping containers were adapted for a live and work space for the team during the summer months. Not a shack on a hill but fully working and functioning electricity,water, air conditioning and high speed internet.

Two of the containers are set in an L shape manner with a gap between them used as an outdoor kitchen diner unit being made in the gap. The third container is used for the bathroom and shower room complete with composting toilet,washing machine and sink.

The containers have also had sliding doors installed that fit snug behind the shipping container doors to allow plenty of daylight and cross ventilation into the structures. The added bonus of the L shape layout being that if too much wind comes off the waters they can open the shipping container doors to create a windbreak for the eating area.

The containers were painted with ceramic paint SUPERTHERM® but no insulation has been added.

 

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Designboom's summer office - Shipping container office

Tommy Hilfiger Shipping Containers – Berlin Germany

Tommy Hilfiger Shipping Containers – Berlin Germany

Another sign that shipping containers aren’t all hippy and moving more into a trend that’s becoming fashionable was the arrival of Tommy Hilfiger at the old Templehof airport in Berlin.

Put together by Artdepartment-Berlin for the Bread & Butter fashion trade show the shipping containers appear almost invisible behind all the signage and graphics which reflects the modern design and up market brand. The other side of this is it makes sense and I can see it becoming more of a trend in the exhibition and shows market as construction on site took 1 day and 3 days of outfitting which is extremely quick for something of this size.

Another step in the right direction of removing the stigma of “ugly shipping containers” to cool and modern.

 

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Tommy Hilfiger Shipping Containers – Berlin Germany Tommy Hilfiger Shipping Containers – Berlin Germany

Shipping Container Stores – Taiwan (Betel nut stores)

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The convenience store look is a bit misleading as these businesses aren’t used for that. At first I thought the pretty ladies in each one of them had been brought along with the photographer but in fact they work in the stores. They are Betel Nuts Stores like me your first thought is “what?” well the thing is the bethel nut is used to stay awake the introduction of the girls in the windows is to “attract” drivers as they pass by to stop and buy from the store. It obviously works as there seems to be a lot of them, All transactions take place outside of the store.

At the same time getting back on topic! the shipping container store does seem to be a success story for using for this business and probably many others in Taiwan. Although obviously not as green as they could be (i.e the big air conditioning units) as well as the fact they are mainly used as a fish bowl to attract sales meaning they also have a lot of glass. They are still a recycled shipping container showing that even in hot climates they are being utilized for shop fronts.

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Source :- Magda Biernat