Small Houses – Are they Cool?

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Small Houses – Way Cool!

Do you think small houses are cool?  If you do, like many over the last decade you are in the company of a growing number of people who are turning to small houses for a very basic reason.  They make sense!

There are many reasons that small houses are picking up steam: an aging population wanting less to take care of and younger couples with smaller families needing less space.  Many ...

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Small House Designs and Small House Plans

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Most small house designs and small house plans available on the market today are designs that have been in use for decades and have been updated in their appearance yet remain basically the same in their construction.  Most do not utilize modern materials to improve the sustainability of the home.

Modern Houses

For a house to be truly modern it must be built in such a way that it reduces energy consumption which lowers heating and cooling costs and ...

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Small Eco Houses are Filling a Global Shortfall in Housing

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Small Eco Houses are filling a niche in an international housing market that has been unable to fill demand for decades.

The UN has been reporting for decades that over one billion people were living in inadequate housing across the globe.  However; two recent trends have boosted the likelihood that inadequate housing supply is being replaced by small eco houses.

First; a broader awareness and deeper involvement globally by governments and civil society to be environmental good stewards was bolstered by last ...

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Eco Housing International

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Eco Housing used to conjure up images of housing that was below ground or covered in dirt, remote and off the grid, simple and scant on convenience and luxury.

Some of this may have been true in the past but today it is more important than ever to specify what Eco Housing is because it can impact the way future generation live and the quality of their lives.

With respect to Eco Friendly Homes: never before has man had to consider ...

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Sustainable Housing Materials – Choosing Import or Indigenous

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I have been in several conversations lately regarding sustainable housing materials and I have drawn some new conclusions.  

My consultative status with the UN offers a way to hear a vast array of opinions on a lot of subjects.  One conversation that is discussed often has to do with opinions over importing modern green building materials or using indigenous green building materials. 

Overall it is being said that neither solution is profitable as a sustainable housing solution.  In general I agree, but ...

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Sustainable Housing is more than just an Eco House

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Sustainable Housing carries a broader meaning then just an eco house or green building materials or even green home building.  Actually defining sustainable housing is difficult as the terms will have various meanings depending where in the world you live.

Sustainable Housing concepts in the developed world lean heavily on the use of strategies for Sustainable Energy for Homes and carbon footprint.  The zero energy building has been all abuzz for some time now.  While participating at a UN conference last year there were ...

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