Articles - June, 2009

LionForce ecoLiving Custom Green Home

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San Antonio-based LionForce built this efficient home as a prototype for their ecoLiving System — a web-based configurator that will help homeowners design homes and build them through a national network of certified building partners.  LionForce says their homes are efficient, healthy, low-maintenance, quickly constructed, and cost effective.  This first prototype home, the T-2 home, has already received a 2009 Green Building Award from the City of San Antonio (in the custom home under 2,200 square feet category). 

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Top 10 Green Building Products [2009]

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As the magazine does every year, Sustainable Industries has just published its list of the Top 10 Green Building Products of 2009.  Selections are chosen based upon environmental performance, scalability / market impact, innovation, design aesthetic, value, and compatibility with LEED.  Download the guide at Sustainability Industries.  Here are the top ten:

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Free Microsoft Hohm App Coming Soon!

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If you haven't noticed, the big news today is Microsoft Hohm, a free online beta application that's rumored to launch sometime next week.  Microsoft Hohm will be a web-based service that takes information about your energy use — not just electricity — and examines it to provide recommendations to save money and energy.  Here's what you can do:

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Wind Powered Artistic Light Facade

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The Architectural Review recently mentioned an interesting facade installation on an office building in Utrecht, Netherlands.  Designed by Cepezed, in collaboration with Ned Kahn Studios, the facade is made with about 3,250 square feet of stainless steel mesh.  The mesh grid holds transparent plastic disks, or squares rather, that vibrate and move to the wind.  The effect is an artistic facade that produces a mezmorizing array of shade and light, together with exterior wave patterns that captivate. 

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A New Lazor Designed Dwell Home

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Some of you old school prefab enthusiasts may be interested in knowing that a brand new Dwell Home designed by Charlie Lazor (i.e., also doing the Flatpak House) is for sale in Sausalito, California.  61 Wolfback Ridge was just completed this year.  The 4,200 square foot home contains 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, and an additional 2,400 square feet of decks and outdoor spaces.  It can be yours for current price of $3,650,000. 

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Dwell Refab Set for eBay Auction

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Update 6/25/09: the eBay listing is live!

A little over six months ago, we took a quick look at the reclaimed prefabs being built by Austin-based Reclaimed Space.  Then, last week we mentioned they’d have a prefab home on display at this weeks’ Dwell on Design.  Now, after talking with the guys at Reclaimed Space this weekend, we have some additional news.  Their new home for Dwell on Design is going to be auctioned off through eBay starting Tuesday, June 23, 2009.  When the listing goes live, we’ll update this article, but here’s some more information behind the auction …

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