SIP Panel Primer – Your Affordable Mass Produced House

Let’s start by describing what a SIP Panel is and why they are called SIP Panels in the first place.

The SIP Panel is actually an ingenious combination of three things; two panels and a core. One panel serves as an exterior skin, the core is a block of construction foam, and a second panel serves as an outer skin. These three items are bonded together to create a strong Structural Insulated Panel.

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Small Houses – Are they Cool?

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

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

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

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 Development and Affordable Housing

Sustainable Development and Affordable Housing.  

Lets face it, not everybody knows what sustainable development really means so it isn’t always clear how sustainable development and affordable housing are linked.  We need to start with the official definition of sustainable development because it is a term that conjures up all types of thoughts when used too loosely and depending on your point of reference may even draw opposing points of view.  While consulting at the UN on the RIO+20 ...

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