Articles - January, 2011

January Green Month in Review

After launching the redesign, traffic shot through the roof — January was a great month.  Our most popular article on Facebook last month was this one on a net zero energy tiny house, while the most shared article on Twitter was this one on six green building trends.  For more green coverage, stay current with the weekly email newsletter delivered every weekend.  Below you’ll find a gathering of links from January.

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Narrow Houses by Avi Friedman

Leave a comment below through the end of Wednesday, February 2, 2011, to be considered for this random book giveaway.*

Princeton Architectural Press was nice enough to send us a copy of a newly published book on skinny houses called Narrow Houses: New Directions in Efficient Design.  Authored by Avi Friedman, Narrow Houses includes 28 case studies — all measuring less than 25 feet in width — with site plans, floor plans, and tons of photos.

Projects featured in this book vary with a healthy dose of detached, semi-detached, and attached examples.  If you have a thin site, perhaps a copy would provide value in the form of getting ideas to maximize your lot.

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Air Duct Cleaning Scams [Dateline NBC]

Chris Hansen and Dateline NBC just aired a hidden-camera report on fraud in the world of air duct cleaning.  The fraudsters who perpetrate these scams dupe owners — some of them vulnerable or aged — out of clean ducts and into a bill that’s ten-fold higher than advertised.

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Homeless Decathlon, Passive Costs, Walkable Score, + Appraising Green

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Bright New TrueWhite LED by Cree

Cree, Inc., manufacturer of the popular LR6 LED downlight, just announced a new light bulb.  The company unveiled “the brightest, most-efficient, LED-based A-lamp that can meet Energy Star performance requirements for a 60-watt standard LED replacement bulb.”  Cree attributes the bulb’s performance to TrueWhite technology and a patented remote-phosphor technology.

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Low-Impact One Tonne Living in Sweden

The average American will produce something like 20 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year; however, in Sweden the average amount is something like six-eight tons (or tonnes) per year.  So when several companies join forces to put a four-person Swedish family on one-ton-per-year lifestyle, perhaps there might be something for us to learn from the experiment.  That experiment is the One Tonne Life project.

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