Energy & Sustainability
myPod looks like a neat pad
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Need a unique spot for your studio/workshop/cave? Perhaps you could get inspired to incubate your latest crazy ideas inside one of these. They’re being pitched as an environmentally benign alternative to commuting and less expensive to heating a whole house for a home office. These appear to be production models with standardization of design and materials. Anybody have other versions we can see? Do you or your neighbor have one we can view? [Via StumbleUpon]

16 thoughts on “myPod looks like a neat pad

  1. “…Cedar shingles are available treated or untreated.”

    So, the pods are available in “fire-trap” and “slightly-less-of-a-fire-trap”? Nice.

  2. Like most “buy this newly manufactured object to help the environment” sales pitches, this one rings false. The design is very cute, I doubt the cedar shakes pose much of a fire hazard, and it might even be usable as an office in certain climates and/or seasons. However, the notion that you’re somehow beig green by purchasing a new, purpose-built building, having it shipped however many miles to your home, and heating it all winter with electricity (read: coal) is absurd. Of course, if you live in an area where you’ll need air-conditioning, it looks like you’re SOL – it’s neither installed nor, by the look of the round windows, installable.

    Why can’t people just sell products for what they are, rather than trying to claim they’ll save the world?

    1. It could be that your work would be best done in an oversized coconut, or it could be that the trade off in energy heating your office pod is better than driving a car to an office building an hour away. Shipping from a central manufacturing facility could make more sense than custom building on site, and the statistics can be checked out for either side so you can make a choice.

      The LEED certification http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=1988 takes a lot of design and construction factors into account in estimating a building’s environmental impact.

  3. Amazing the flood of comments from the ‘uneducated gallery’.
    Cedar shingles are an eco choice as they are renewable, natural and last longer than the petroleum shingles. Not to mention you couldn’t use the petroleum shingles where they near the ground as they’d hang straight down.
    Fire trap? seriously? Cedar is naturally fire resistant, it’s what they use inside saunas. Ever try to burn cedar? No, obviously not because of your ‘brilliant’ comment.

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