Articles - February, 2009

February Monthly of Green Articles

February-monthly

Another month has come to a close, and even more than before, I'm both humbled and amazed by the green building community.  There's so much going on, and it's really fun to follow.  The short month of February has been another record breaking month for the site as it served over 125k unique readers and more RSS subscribers than ever.  Going forward, I'm constantly trying to provide a unique and high-quality perspective — thanks for your patience and kind nudging.  Tons of emails have been flagged and soon our team will get to every great idea.  If you have a great idea, contact or advertise with us.  In the mean time, re-read what February was all about. 

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Good Design, First Costs, The New Green, + Development Barriers

Week in Review

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Five Common Green Building Mistakes

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Depending on the method of construction, green building consultant Mark LaLiberte tells us there are a few common green building mistakes to watch out for — errors he's seeing more and more as builders move forward with greener practices.  Read through this list and then tell us what you think … are you seeing any other common mistakes with green construction?

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Casa 100k Green Prefab Homes [Italy]

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It looks like the 100k House idea has migrated overseas because a similar prototype just popped up in Italy last year.  Mario Cucinella Architects has conceived Casa 100k, which is a prototype home for Є100,000 that prioritizes three main elements: style, sustainability, and affordability.  It's billed as a low-cost, dream home with zero bills and zero emissions.  And as you can see from available renderings, the method of accomplishing such goals is primarily through prefabrication and passive and active design strategies. 

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Thin Flats Chasing LEED Platinum

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A lot of people in Pennsylvania have been talking about green building, but according to my quick research, no one in the state has received the USGBC's highest certification under the LEED for Homes program yet.  But that could change if the stars align for Thin Flats — the developer is seeking LEED-H Platinum for all residences and waiting on Energy Star certification.  Thin Flats includes eight, market-rate, up-down units split between four rows.  The newly completed project recently received case study treatment by GreenSource Magazine, and from what I've read, observers either love or hate the exterior facade.  Personally, I like it, but what do you think?

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Virginia Passive Solar Modern House Nearing Completion!

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Just recently, we mentioned Copeland Casati in regards to the launch of Green Cabin Kits, but I thought it was high time to take a look at her SIPs home under construction near Appomattox in Central Virginia.  The home is actually a prototype of the Casa Ti house kit designed by architect David Day.  Designed to be off-grid, net-zero energy, and modern, the home has 1200 square feet of space with three bedrooms. 

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