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Heat your house with car tyres and earth

A dirt cheap and 100 percent ecological house that has all the comforts of an ordinary home, without being connected to the electricity grid, waterworks, sewer system or the natural gas network. It does exist, but in most countries, building one is not allowed. An Earthship is a completely self-sufficient house that has a natural […]

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Use Eco-Friendly Roof Insulation

For most homes in the temperate parts of the world, roof insulation is very important in many ways.  Your house will be warmer in cold weather and colder in warm weather.  You can save on the costs of electricity necessary to run the heater or the air-conditioner.  In the process, you are also doing your […]

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How to Create a Green Roof

Green roof design is being incorporated into more and more modern buildings.  However, even an old roof can be modified into a green roof, watch the short video below. A green roof provides added insulation thus saving your household heating and cooling bills.  On a large scale, e.g. whole cities, they could reduce extreme temperature […]

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Modular & Efficient Eco-Affordable Housing

A lot of concept houses come across our desk here at Inhabitat, but we were really impressed with this design for eco-housing in Ghana. Designed by Lisbon-based Blaanc in collaboration with Architect João Caeiro, Emerging Ghana is a plan for an eco-affordable single family house for the emerging middle class of Ghana. The design recently […]

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What is an Eco Estate?

Two years ago, you could probably count the number of developments that used the term ‘eco estate’ in South Africa on one hand. During the research of this article, we identified close to 50 countrywide that are currently up and running or in the planning stages and that refer to themselves as eco developments in […]

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Natural Building Materials

The materials common to many types of natural building are clay and sand. When mixed with water and, usually, straw or other fibre, the mixture is known as cob or adobe.  Other materials commonly used in natural building are: earth, wood, cordwood, timber frame, straw and rock. A wide variety of reused or recycled materials […]

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