Articles - September, 2010

Versatile Recycled Content EcoGlass

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Earlier this year, specialty glass maker Bendheim introduced a new line of textured architectural glass made with 25-40% post-consumer recycled content material.  EcoGlass, as it is called, is made in Europe by Glasfabrik Lamberts in an oxygen and fuel-fired cast glass furnace.  The product also contains a minimum of 20% pre-consumer recycled content.

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Five Easy Solar Options for the Home

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Perhaps you've seen one of a few micro-inverter-type solar products on the market and wondered whether you could install a solar system at home.  Unless you're an electrician, that may or may not be a good idea, but these products (some available now and others coming to market) make it a whole lot easier to get started generating solar energy at home.  Check these five:

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Colorful Mixed-Use Eco Lofts in Austin

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This is East Village Lofts in the Revitalization District of East 11th Street in Austin, Texas.  The structure, designed by Bercy Chen Studio, makes a bold statement about the intersection of art and sustainability with a multifaceted facade of colorful steel panels.   The panels, as you would imagine, double as a shade device and guardrails for condo balconies.

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GE Nucleus: Home Energy Manager

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Earlier this summer, GE launched the first product in its Brillion suite of home energy management solutions, the Nucleus.  This is a data storage device that collects household electricity cost and use data and gives it to homeowners via computer and smart phones.  Nucleus is expected to be available for consumer purchase in early 2011 for the price of $149-199. 

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SSIPs SunShower House in New Orleans

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This award-winning design will be constructed in downtown New Orleans with steel structural insulated panels, high performance windows, and rooftop solar panels.  It was designed by Judith Kinnard, professor of architecture at Tulane University, and Tiffany Lin, assistant professor of architecture, who took first place in a competition involving steel SIPs from OceanSafe.

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Eco Modern Outdoor Furniture on Sale

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It's that time of year when exterior furniture is discounted and available for a song.  Loll Designs, maker of beautiful, recycled, modern outdoor furniture, is offering free shipping on all products, 15% off of black furniture, and 10% off of all color furniture.  Loll furniture is made with 100% recycled HDPE and shipped in recycled and recyclable packaging.  Check out some of these deals:

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