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Revised FTC Guides, Tangled Solar Installers, IKEA LED Leader, + Tiny House Shed for All

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Eco-Pak is a New Home in a Container

James Green is an aircraft structural engineer who found a creative solution when designing a home for a remote site in Turkey (that wouldn’t allow a concrete foundation).  Green decided to structure the house around a shipping container with an extended skeleton of removable frames.  Seeing more potential, he then patented the idea and teamed up with architect Matthew Coates of Coates Design Architects in order to deploy “Eco-Pak” as modular and sustainable housing.

Eco-Pak is an interesting twist on the standard shipping container home in that the structural parts of the home are packed and shipped in a container.  The container is then integrated as a module in the structure of the home, such as for the kitchen, living room, or bedroom.

We are doing something ENTIRELY different … it’s one thing to renovate the inside of a shipping box but quite another to create an eco-friendly home that uses the box as structure,” according to a statement by Coates, an architect at the firm that designed the green-roofed Ellis Residence.

Coates and Green plan to adapt Eco-Pak to affordable, off-grid, emergency, and maybe even luxury housing.  A prototype is scheduled for completion in 2013, and I’ll keep tabs on the new modular venture to provide updates as they happen.

[+] More about the Eco-Pak at Building Container.

Credits: Coates Design Architects.

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Announcing the First Affordable Grid Neutral Portable Classroom: Green Apple Classrooms

(PRWEB) June 20, 2011

Green Apple Classrooms are the first Affordable Grid Neutral Portable Classrooms As an alternative to the standard ?Brick and Mortar? classroom, Portables or relocatables are a popular, inexpensive solution. The Green Apple adds a new standard.by becoming one of the first relocatable classrooms to generate all it?s required electricity through the PV film attached to it?s roof. Through Net-Metering the Green Apple, under most conditions, will generate more electricity than it will require on an annual basis.

A Clean Energy Solution

An advanced HVAC unit, state-of-the-art lighting system, and increased insulation all reduce the unit?s energy demands. To meet these lowered demands, we employ an array of amorphous silicon thin-film photovoltaic panels on the roof of the units. The result is a classroom which generates as much energy as it consumes. For California taxpayers, it means an annual energy savings of $ 22.3 million if the state eventually replaces a quarter of the current portable fleet with energy-efficient, solar-powered classrooms. And finally, for the planet it means an emissions savings of over 100,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year.

Optional Curved Roof

The fact that portable classrooms can be moved from one location to another presents a unique design challenge when dealing with solar panels. It is always best for solar panels located in the Northern Hemisphere to face true south in order to maximize solar output. However, due to the potential mobility of portables, we designed a curved roof that maximizes average solar output given the uncertainties inherent in portable classroom placement. Because thin-film panels are better at absorbing solar energy in diffuse light settings compared to traditional crystalline panels, our classrooms generate significant amounts of electricity no matter what orientation they are placed in. Alternatively, if a school district is confident that a portable will remain in the same location for the duration of its lifetime, custom solar panel configurations are possible.

Calif. Division of the State Architect

The Green Apple Classroom Designs for Models A, B, and C have been approved by the California Division of State Architect. Making it possible for the buildings to be sold to any Public School District in the State of California. The DSA provides design and construction oversight for K-12 schools and Community Colleges throughout the State of California. With the wide range of climate types California offers the most challenging of environments for Architect?s and Builders. Although there is a growing need for ?Green Portables? in the State there have been relatively few entries to the field. The process for DSA approval is a very detailed and time consuming effort which has limited the number of competitors . The Green Apple design is therefore poised to set the standard for future ?Green? Portables.

Affordability

GREEN APPLES are the affordable “Green” Solution. Our Piggybacks have made it possible to purchase GREEN APPLES without the need to endure the time and expense of the Public Bidding Process. GREEN APPLES and all their additional upgraded features can be puchased through our marketing partners Class Leasing, Inc in Perris, CA.(951.943.1908) info@classleasinginc.com Production is located in both southern California and Texas and are able to ship anywhere in the US.

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