Articles - April, 2010

SEED Standard, Dead Luxuries, Appraising Green, + Bogus LEEDs

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The Long Lasting Energy Smart LED

Seems like the old incandescent business is on its last legs these days.  I’m reading news from GE to mean that they’ve come up with an expensive silver bullet for screw-in home lighting.  Due to hit shelves this fall or early 2011, the GE Energy Smart LED replaces 40-watt general service incandescent bulbs with nine watts of consumption, 450 lumens of light, and 25,000 hours of rated life.

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The Newsworthy Writing is on the Wall

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What's black and blue and all over the wall?  It's Newsworthy, a recycled content wall covering from Weitzner Limited.  Newsworthy is being offered in the company's Spring 2010 collection and, according to the New York Times, sells trade for $125 per yard (47 inches wide).  It's kind of like grasscloth in that 100% real newspaper strips are woven together and paperbacked for application to the wall.  And, as you might imagine, coloring tends to vary. 

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Platinum Near Net Zero Energy in VA

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By looking at the real estate listing for this home, you wouldn’t necessarily get the whole story.  This 3,600 square-foot house has four bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms, not to mention a wine cellar, media room, and detached two-car garage.  What you won’t see is that it’s also a low-energy home and vying for LEED Platinum certification — the highest designation available from the USGBC — according to the Washington Examiner.

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Best of Green Design and Architecture

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This site is honored to be named with several other innovators on Treehugger's Best of Green 2010 in the Design + Architecture category for Best Design Twitter Feed and Reader's Choice Design Twitter Feed.  Shout out to the folks at Treehugger and definitely @lloydalter, who has been a friend of this site for several years running.

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Marin Gets a Platinum Hillside House

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This home is the first LEED Platinum home in Marin, according to the Marin Blog of the San Francisco Chronicle.  It was designed by SB Architects and built by McDonald Construction & Development, the same firm behind the LEED Platinum Margarido House.  The rich and contemporary residence spans four levels on a hill and incorporates a number of green elements, such as:

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