How Sweden Is Transforming Homes Into Power Stations

One example is in the city of Ludivika where 1970s flats have recently been retrofitted with the latest smart energy technology. 48 family apartments spread across 3 buildings have been given photovoltaic solar panels, thermal energy storage and heat pump systems. A micro energy grid connects it all, and helps charge electric cars overnight. The result is a cluster of ‘prosumer’ …

29-43% of renter households, could be at risk of eviction by the end of the year, and people of color are most at risk

Thirty-one percent of Black renters reported they were unable to pay rent in July compared to 28% of Latinx renters and 14% of White renters, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-CA, said during a Friday virtual town hall hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus. Thirty to forty million people, or 29-43% of renter households, could be at risk of eviction by the end of the year, …

Who Owns a Home in America, in 12 Charts

CityLab David Montgomery, reprint from 2018 Photo by Thomas Winz / Getty Images. America is, by and large, a nation of homeowners. Though more than 100 million Americans rent, they’re outnumbered two-to-one by Americans who own their own home, according to data from the U.S. Census. And that’s nothing new. Americans have had high rates of homeownership for a long …

One third of renters couldn’t pay April rent

Nearly one-third of apartment renters in the US didn’t pay any of their April rent during the first week of the month, according to new data from the National Multifamily Housing Council to be released Wednesday. The shocking figure comes as 10 million new unemployment claims were filed in the past three weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the report cited by the Wall Street …

Efficient, PreFab ADUs and Design Considerations

LA Times, Feb 2020 When it comes to good ADU design and, Peterson said, “Tall ceilings, long sightlines, windows facing toward the garden, and creating an indoor-outdoor connection using windows and sliding doors” create a sense of space many crave. A great room, encompassing the lion’s share of the home’s square footage and incorporating an open-plan kitchen, living and dining …

Intentional community links

Previously known as the “Fellowship for Intentional Communities” is now officially the “Foundation for Intentional Communities.” They have a beautiful new website and their directory of over 1,000 intentional communities is as robust as ever. As they explain, “We loved the kindred-spirit sentiment of ‘Fellowship,’ but we didn’t care for the old-school and masculine connotations. The title ‘Foundation’ speaks to …