Articles - February, 2010

Reusing Wood from Aged Snow Fence

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When heavy snow, strong winds, and cold weather converge, highway driving can become difficult in a state like Wyoming.  There, you’ll see miles of snow fence to mitigate this condition.  Centennial Snowfence, a division of Centennial Woods, manages ~270 miles of snow fence inventory in Wyoming, and since 1999, the company has built or renewed over 85 miles of it.  In the process, Centennial Woods harvests old ponderosa and lodgepole pine boards for reuse, such as in homes or in retail or commercial projects.

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A Permeable Solution with Drivable Grass

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California-based Soil Retention is behind a product, Drivable Grass, that many of you may be interested in.  The name is somewhat of a misnomer, because, as you will see below, the infill doesn’t have to be grass.  It can be gravel of various kinds, too.  Drivable Grass is a flexible product that can be used as a substitute for concrete and asphalt driveways, patios, parking lots, RV pads, boat ramps, and the like.

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Small Wind Turbine Farm Nearly Complete at Quinnipiac University

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Adobe’s installation of 20 small wind turbines on the sixth floor of their headquarters building made big news recently.  But this is even bigger.  Quinnipiac University in Connecticut is putting the finishing touches on a micro wind turbine cluster on its new green campus in York Hill.  The “wind garden” is made with 25 vertical-axis turbines from Mariah Power and estimated to generate about 32,626 kWh annually.

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10 Things to Consider Before Using Shipping Containers For Your Project

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Modern day pioneer John Wells is doing some interesting work in Alpine, Texas.  On his desert swath in The Field Lab, which is also referred to as The Southwest Texas Alternative Energy and Sustainable Living Field Laboratory, Wells is living off the grid and building an interesting live/work space of shipping containers.

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BRIO54 Starts Efficient Home Prototype

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BRIO54, a design-driven development firm, recently began construction on a prototype of their H4 design in Milford, Connecticut.  The firm took the H4 through extensive planning and fine tuning in order to construct something with style and a light environmental footprint.  The 2,264 square-foot, three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom home should be quite energy efficient.

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Efficient Simple Modern Home for $150k

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Since we last mentioned his efficient home built for under $70,000, Caleb Schafer's been quite busy.  He has a new website for Simple Modern Homes with a number of new home designs.  He's also doing new work with new clients, and one home in particular looks interesting.  Referred to as CL24, the design is for a 2,000 square-foot green home in Canyon Lake, Texas. 

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