Sustainable Contruction: Students From Rio Present The Stephouse

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One of the finalists at theis year's International Design Excellence Awards and a bronze winner at IDEA/ Brazil in the students category, the Stephouse was designed by Glória Brandão, Othon de Castro, and students from the UFRJ (or Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) using sustainable materials such as plastic lumber. The 780 sq. foot pre-fab single family home is composed of living room, bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom, and can be built in only three days by a team of 10 people. It uses thermal and photovoltaic solar energy and rainwater harvesting for minimal environment impact, and its cost is estimated at R$ 220K (or approximately US$ 115K).

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Sorry, it is too expensive. Would never solve the brazilian housing problem.

You've got to be kidding! $115,000 could buy a house at least 5 times as big here in suburban New York.

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