Our Thursday green news brings you the latest on green architecture, climate change, energy and communities:
- Stylish and affordable shipping container homes: A small, non-profit organization in Utah called Sarah House Utah founded by Jeffrey White has been focusing on developing innovative and affordable housing solutions mainly for the low-income community in the Salt Lake region. The first “Sarah House” project was inspired by an actual event with a homeless artist in San Francisco. In 2008, White constructed a model home in his own driveway made of two 20-foot shipping containers. A self-claimed “unrelenting idealist,” he was on a mission to demonstrate his community how retired materials such as shipping containers could be easily re-purposed into affordable, green and even stylish homes. His first Sarah House was available for sale only to low-income buyers in 2013 for a price of $135,000. Unlike his initial model home, Sarah House was designed and built with two 40-foot shipping containers, but retained the original low-cost, eco-friendly materials and even proved to be safe against seismic activity.
- Tesla on a mission to supercharge Europe: Tesla Motors Co. and their Superchargers allow owners of electrical Model S cars to travel for free between cities along well-traveled highways in North America, Europe and Asia. Superchargers provide half a charge in as little as 20 minutes and are strategically placed to allow owners to drive from station to station with minimal stops. On its second anniversary, Tesla has already built 100 stations and is now on a mission to reach 200 stations worldwide very soon. Currently, they operate 63 stations in Europe, 112 in North-America, and 17 in Asia.