California-based EchoFirst, formerly known as PVT Solar, makes an interesting Echo solar system that I noticed locally on the Solaris homes (Style A/Style B) in Daybreak, Utah. It’s the kind of system that could work wonders for a lot of homes because Echo delivers more than just electricity from photovoltaic panels. Echo captures air from under the panels to provide home heating, home cooling, water heating, and fresh air ventilation.
Along the same lines as the recent infographic that we mentioned on green home improvement trends, eLocal recently published a new visual on water waste. Elocal created the graphic, “How Much Water is Your Home Wasting,” using feedback from its community of experts. Here’s what the professionals said:
- Take the lead on sustainability.
- Buildings need avian-friendly designs.
- Study: solar panels found to be contagious.
- Booming solar industry results in delays.
- Avoiding four home remodeling mistakes.
- Going green with cost savings in mind.
- Making net-zero energy a reality.
The is the first prototype of the the Cube Project called QB1 and it was unveiled recently in St. Andrew’s Square in Edinburgh in Scotland. QB1 is a literal cube inside, three meters wide by three meters long by three meters high — roughly 97 square feet, and it’s spacious enough to house a lounge, table, two chairs, a double bed, a full-size shower, a kitchen, a washing machine, and a composting toilet.
With Lightfair and other design shows in the works, I expect to see a few new products like this Flo light, which was designed by Foster + Parters for Lumina, a lighting manufacturer in Italy. Flo is an unobtrusive reading light with a dimmable 6W LED that outputs 475 lumens. The aluminum frame and head is planted with a steel base, and the head rotates 300 degrees for precise task usage. Flo joins a host of other LED task lamps on the market — I’ll post a price when it’s offered here in the United States.
This is the first permitted shipping container house in the Mojave Desert near Joshua Tree, California, according to a statement by the architect, Walter Scott Perry, principal of ecotechdesign. The home, also known as The Tim Palen Studio at Shadow Mountain, was built with re-purposed shipping containers and some impressive green elements such as a steel shade system, a living roof, and a 10,000 gallon water storage tank.