Last month, our most popular article on Facebook was this one on the next gen v100 Mod Box, while the most shared article on Twitter was this one on five easy solar options. For more green coverage, stay current with our weekly email newsletter delivered every Saturday. Below you’ll find a gathering of links from last month.
Square Root Architecture + Design just began construction of its first prefab home in Chicago. The C3 Modular Home is participating in the Chicago Green Homes program and will shoot for LEED Platinum certification with green elements such as Energy Star appliances, WaterSense fixtures, a mini-split HVAC system, multiple layers of insulation, high performance windows, and a solar thermal system.
Today, the GreenCycler is making its debut at West Coast Green 2010. This is a "small-footprint" countertop or cabinet appliance that shreds organic kitchen waste and deposits it in a storage and transfer container. In other words, GreenCycler is helpful in pre-composting waste into a size that's just right for quick composting.
Using pallets as office furniture is about as peculiar as using containers as a home structure, but in this case, aesthetically speaking, the design by Most Architecture seems to work well. Maybe it’s the mixture of clean walls with jenga-like stacks and bold lines. Whatever it is, BrandBase, a company based out of Amsterdam, commissioned the temporary space and wanted it to be built with recycled materials. The design incorporates 270 pallets all together.
This container structure was on display earlier this month at Abitare il Tempo in Verona, Italy. The architects, Studio Astori De Ponti Associati, used discarded containers to build a home that is meant to “propose an alternative starting point for reflection,” as opposed to “a definitive and absolute solution to the question of sustainability.”
If you like to be told how to spend your money, there's a new guide that may be of assistance, The Better World Shopping Guide, which we received from New Society Publishers. The average consumer spends something like $18,000 per year on goods and services and may not know how to spend that money wisely. The Better World Shopping Guide incorporates over 5,000 hours of research and, using report cards on thousands of companies, rates every product on the book shelf from A to F.