Articles - January, 2011

Net-Zero Energy Home in Cupertino

Earth Bound Homes is involved with several ultra-green homes and this one in California deserves a mention.  It was designed by Bill Leddy, LMS Architects, and built by Earth Bound Homes for David and Stephania Kaneda, receiving a Green Point Rated score of 268 and LEED Platinum certification.

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Flynn’s Container House in TRON: Legacy

Sam Flynn's House Container Concept Art (c) Disney Enterprises, Inc.

Readers noticed the omission of one particular project in our year-end compilation of 15 shipping container projects from 2010.  If you’ve seen TRON: Legacy, you know Sam Flynn (played by Garrett Hedlund) has a cool shipping container house in the movie.  After some investigation, it turns out that a temporary container structure was built as a set on the shore of South Vancouver and later torn down.

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How to Clean Up a Broken CFL Bulb

A few days after Christmas, the EPA issued updated guidance on how to clean up a broken compact fluorescent lamp (“CFL”) bulb.  CFLs are made with a small amount of mercury that can be released as vapor when broken.  That vapor is a health risk, although the EPA still encourages the use of CFLs to save energy and reduce GHG emissions.  Here’s an outline of the EPA’s CFL cleanup guidance:
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Top Green Building Trends for 2011

As with last year, green building consultant Jerry Yudelson published a top-ten list of green building trends for the next year.  Yudelson explains that green building is growing in popularity across the globe — that “more people are going green each year, and there’s nothing on the horizon that will stop this trend.”  I’ve hand-picked some of Yudelson’s trends that will apply in the residential sector below:
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Six Green Building Trends to Watch

An excellent report by New York-based JWT Intelligence — 100 Things to Watch in 2011 — is bouncing around the internet right now.  The authors seem to have a pulse on key aspects of the internet, including mobile, advertising, media, and technology trends.  But I noticed at least six things to watch that relate directly to building greener homes.  Here’s what JWT says to watch in 2010:

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Happy New Year, It’s 2011!

Glad to be here opening up the new year with you.  Last year was exciting, but next year is going to be incredible.  We’re starting 2011 with a newly revamped website, a new focus, and all sorts of ambitions.  Stay tuned … in the mean time, read through our shout out to 2010 with these compilations:

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