Articles - October, 2010

October Green Month in Review

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Other than this Racing Against Time article, which got a boost from Honda, our most popular article on Facebook last month was this one on the hen coop with a green roof, while the most shared article on Twitter was this one on the world’s first Living Buildings.  For more green coverage, stay current with the weekly email newsletter delivered every weekend.  Below you’ll find a gathering of links from October.

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Bipartisan Efficiency, Charity Cases, Floating Future, + Paying Improvements

Week in Review

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Lookotels Green Prefab Hotel Startup

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Spanish Lookotels is on a mission to build a new kind of hotel for modern consumers seeking quality at a low cost.  Each energy-efficient hotel will be prefabricated with up to 100 rooms and Lookotels has financing with plans to build 10 hotels in the next five years throughout Spain and Europe.  The company told us in an email that they're also looking for partners in the U.S.

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New Thermally Broken rSTUD Lumber

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Colorado-based Ec Manufacturing started making structural insulated panels (SIPs) about a year and a half ago.  The company was studying 2009 building code and thinking about how to innovate their products, when someone decided the building industry could use a thermally broken lumber material.  That led to the creation of rSTUD.

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Misleading with Green Product Claims

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TerraChoice recently released a new report, The Sins of Greenwashing: Home and Family Edition, and published some interesting findings.  The company found that big-box retailers stock more "green" products and products with legitimate environmental claims than smaller boutique-style stores.  TerraChoice also found that over 95% of consumer products with a "green" claim are committing at least one "sin" of greenwashing. 

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Eco Automatic Combo Sink Dishwasher

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I can see the value in a combo sink dishwasher like this Eco Automatic concept from Electrolux and Ahha Project.  Why not eliminate a step in the middle and put the sink to better use?  The concept has two racks rotating on an axis — fill one side, spin it around, let it wash, and work from the other side.  Seems like it may be tough to fill up a crescent-shaped bowl, but other than that, Eco Automatic could be the kitchen appliance of the future.  Thoughts?

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