Articles - November, 2010

Rivers’ Edge Surfaces from Oklahoma

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When looking for an eco-friendly countertop, there are various factors to consider and literally hundreds of options.  Here's another one to consider: Rivers' Edge Countertops, Inc., an Oklahoma company that makes concrete and recycled glass surfaces.  The company sources post-consumer recycled glass — bottles, dinnerware, windows, safety glass, and light bulbs — from a local recycling center, making surfaces with 75-80% recycled content and a cement base bolstered with crushed granite. 

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Old Shed Now an Ivy Covered Art Studio

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This green cube is the focal point of a landscape project that received an Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects in this year's Professional Awards.  Designed by Scott Lewis Landscape Architecture, an old garden shed was converted into a modern art studio covered in ivy growing on an exterior metal framework.  It's fascinating, don't you think?

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Solar Powered Green Home for Atlanta

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Concourse E unveiled a new project concept this week for a corner lot in Atlanta, Georgia.  The luxurious, green project would have three bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms, and several spaces designed to facilitate gathering and relaxing.  If you’re in the area, the company will have a preview event this Thursday night to share more detail of the Wessyngton House.

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Getting a Home Energy Assessment

You may not be in a position to design and build a new green home with cutting-edge design, techniques, and products. Most people aren’t. But it's definitely a good idea to invest in your existing home to make it more energy efficient, healthy, and green. That’s what I’m doing with my old place built in 1958. Probably the first place to start is with a home energy assessment or energy audit, explained in this video.

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Rethinking Waste in a Reclaimed Space

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Austin-based Reclaimed Space built this modular prefab with roughly 80% reclaimed materials and presented it at Dwell on Design 2010.  With interior design by Zem Joaquin, founder of Ecofabulous, the 400-square-foot home has Electrolux appliances, a vertical living wall from Fyto Wall, CaesarStone countertops, Mythic zero-VOC paints, Solatube daylighting, LED lighting, and Caroma water-efficient bathroom fixtures.  If you didn't get a chance to see it, watch this five-part video series embedded below:
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Plus Plus Pavers from Meld USA

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North Carolina-based Meld USA, maker of ecoX and Micro, launched a new paver called Plus Plus.  The cement paver is available in six standard colors, as well as nearly limitless custom colors, and made with up to 74% recycled content.  Also, to minimize the environmental impact of manufacturing, Plus Plus is “wet cast, air cured, and form finished,” according to Architect Magazine.  Meld’s paver can be used in any garden, driveway, or patio.

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