Over the last two years, we have covered a number of topics, from tiny houses, to DOE rules on showerheads, to definitions of terms.
Since the end of February, when WordPress starting showing the statistics, Zero Resource has attracted readers from all over the world.
Over the last two years, the top twenty most popular posts of all time are:
- Death Rays
- More Tiny Houses
- The Difference Between the CEC and CPUC
- Tour a Tiny Apartment in Spain
- Putrescible Waste
- Finding Data – GDP and Electricity Consumption
- Alex Wilson, Founder of EBN – Part 1
- Plastic Bag / Retail Bag Laws in the U.S.
- Bad News About CBECS 2007
- Nina Maritz
- Are People Clueless about Energy Savings?
- MRF (Rhymes with Smurf)
- Resilience vs. Sustainability
- The Key System
- Visualizing the U.S. Power Grid
- Do Green Roofs Improve Solar PV Performance?
- Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)
- Local Target Stores & Hazardous Waste
- Tiny “Spite” Houses
- Houses – Small, Reused, and Prefab
Many thanks to all the Zero Resource readers around the world! We look forward to another year.
As I was listening to the radio this morning, I heard a story about Bay Area company ZETA Communities…
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As Population, Consumption Rise, Builder Goes Small
The planet may not feel any different today, but there are now 7 billion people on it, according to the United Nations.
That number will continue to rise, of course, and global incomes are likely to rise as well. That means more cars and computers, and bigger homes: the kinds of things Americans take for granted. It’s that rise in consumption that has population experts worried…
In an industrial park outside of Sacramento, Calif., there’s a factory inside what looks like an old airplane hangar.
Zeta Communities builds modular homes here. Project manager Scott Wade says they’re not like “stick-built” homes — “stick-built meaning they build it one piece at a time,” Wade says, “whereas we build it an assembly at a time.”
In cities, modules can be stacked to make a new generation of efficient buildings. At Zeta headquarters, architect Taeka Takagi rolls out a blueprints with one of Zeta’s prototypes.
“It is a micro studio,” she says. “The units are under 300 square feet.”
You can read or listen to the entire story on the NPR website.
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You can also watch videos of a unit being built in the ZETA factory and a unit being installed on our website here.
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Our previous posts on tiny houses (here and here) are consistently among our most-viewed posts here at Zero Resource. As I find more interesting tiny dwellings, I will post them. Today, I am posting a video tour of a tiny apartment in Spain, converted from a rooftop pigeon coop. Enjoy!
If the embedded video above does not appear, you can also find the video on YouTube here.
There are a number of other video tours of tiny houses and apartments on YouTube. I’ll post some of them over the next couple weeks.