Articles - March, 2011

Sloan Updates AQUS Water Reuse System

Illinois-based Sloan Valve Company won all sorts of awards for AQUS Water Reuse System (model HMA6000).  That award-winning system has been updated, and the new HMA7000 model is now available.  The upgraded small-scale water reuse system has a redesigned look and feel, installs in less than one hour, and is compatible with most dual-flush and one-piece toilets on the market.

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Art Stable Designed for Cross Ventilation

Art Stable is an award-winning project in the Cascade neighborhood of South Lake Union in Seattle.  Designed by Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects and developed by Point32, Art Stable includes ground-floor commercial and six live-work lofts (of which only two remain on the market).  The project was built on an urban infill site — formerly a horse stable — and cleverly incorporates some of its work-ranch history in the design.

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Starter Solar, Pocket Neighborhood, Renovation Rebound, + Power Producer

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Modern Prototype Passivhaus in Syracuse

This is R-House, a recently built prototype home in Syracuse that is pursuing both Passive House and LEED certification.  It was recently honored with a 2011 AIA Housing Award, and one of the jurors said the 1,100 square-foot home presents “A new slant on sustainability!”  R-House was designed in partnership by Della Valle Bernheimer and Architecture Research Office and is an interesting case study for the next generation of smaller, greener, ultra-low energy homes.

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Energy Audits May Be a Tough Sell [Survey]

Harris Interactive surveyed 3,171 adults during the week of Valentines, February 14 – February 21, and asked them all sort of questions about energy, energy efficiency, and power sources. I found some surprising information in the results — i.e., 56% of Americans have never heard the term “smart grid.” Perhaps even more astonishing, only 11% of American have conducted a home energy evaluation or home energy audit.

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The First Passive House in New York

Perhaps you’ve seen renderings of the Hudson Passive Project among trees in the middle of a scenic green field.  The project was designed by New York-based Dennis Wedlick Architect LLC, and it just so happens that construction is all complete.  Certification paperwork is all in order, and this is officially the first certified Passive House in the state of New York.  It’s also one of the highest performing homes in the country.

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