These homes are built to resist all sorts of natural disasters from tsunamis to huge blizzards. We know that the sea is going to rise as a consequence of global warming but it seems the northern hemisphere will experience much more severe winters also as a result. Not to mention the intensifying of hurricanes. Some beautiful pics in the article written by Lacy Cooke of inhabitat. -R
This technique uses nanoengineering technology to incorporate graphene into traditional concrete production. Stronger, more water resistant and can be used directly on construction sites. This might give a much needed boost to the somewhat lagging "green concrete" option. Staff article from phys.org. -R
"As a surfer and renowned surfboard designer, Nev Hyman witnessed plastic pollution firsthand. He decided to take action and founded Nev House. Hyman teamed up with architect Ken McBryde to design homes made from about 60 percent recycled materials. Not only are the recycled, prefab homes sustainable, they're built to weather natural disasters like hurricanes." This is an article by Lacy Cooke for Inhabitat.
"Colombian company Conceptos Plásticos saw two pressing issues in the world and decided to tackle both with recycled building materials. One issue is the housing crisis, prevalent in Latin America where 80 percent of the population now resides in urban areas. The second is the overwhelming amount of plastic crowding landfills. To combat these issues, Conceptos Plásticos recycles plastic into LEGO-like building blocks that families can use to easily construct their own homes." An article by Lacy Cooke of Inhabitat. -R
Here is a short, decent article on the subject from Trulia, a Forbes contributor. As the article suggests, there are downsides to living tiny, such as having to rent storage space for all your stuff, which kind of misses the point but It is certainly something to think about. -R
Tiny houses on wheels! Cool, pricey, but cool. Beautiful. -R
Their tag line says "steel homes and structures", but they offer all sorts of kit homes, tiny houses, prefab and modular homes and all sorts of other home and building structures. They have a very comprehensive and informative website. Very interesting. -R
"These Tiny Dome Home Kits are constructed using Ai’s superior prefabricated insulated concrete panel system." Looks comprehensive and the patent was granted in 1986 for the polystyrene and concrete panels. Pictured is a 22 foot, 370 square foot dome. This company is out of Florida. I love it. -R