This month, we had the opportunity to participate in Treehugger‘s Great Prefab Debate and saw some interesting products at the NAHB Green Building conference in Salt Lake City. The most popular article on Facebook was about this modern chicken coop by MAKE Design Studio, while the most shared article on Twitter was about using trees to improve home cooling. Below you’ll find a topical gathering of coverage from May.
As someone trying to raise more plants indoors, I really like the Minigarden product, which combines a neat vertical wall design with food growth. The white garden comes in a basic setup with three layers (nine pockets) with one water collection tray, three lids and trays, three planting rows, and 18 assembly clips. When assembled, the Minigarden, which is made with a strong copolymer polypropylene plastic, is 25″ l x 5 3/4″ d x 23″ h. The three-layer version sells for about $59.95.
- Low-income, high efficiency.
- Are we using wood sustainably?
- Drop in mounting slashes solar install costs.
- Deconstruction: can an entire home be recycled?
- Fearing the phase out of incandescent bulbs.
- The nation’s greenest home is a mystery.
- The price of being certifiably green.
- The deep energy retrofit.
Salt Lake City-based ORE Inc. makes modern landscape containers, fire pits, benches, and other things. They’re beautiful and some of them are outfitted with LEDs evoking something of a TRON: Legacy feel. These containers can be powder coated and made with steel or aluminum. Also, depending on the piece, ORE Containers may contribute to up to four different LEED credits (i.e., low-VOC sealants and paints, recycled content steel/aluminum, and FSC certified teak and ipe).
Treehugger‘s Great Prefab Debate is set for today at 3:30 p.m. EDT, so bookmark this page and come back. You can watch live and submit comments. This will be an old fashioned debate for the resolution that “prefabrication is a greener way to build.” Michelle Kaufmann, Michelle Kaufmann Studio, will speak for the resolution, and Chad Ludeman, Postgreen Homes, will speak in opposition. Then there will be questions, conclusions, judges remarks, and some final wrap up for audience voting.
Update – you can catch the debate above, cast your vote on Treehugger.
If you want to use wood in an exterior application, your options are wider than ever. While durable tropical hardwoods have been decimated by unsustainable logging, there are several methods of preserving wood that produce even more durable and sustainable products. These are not woods infused with toxic chemicals or metal compounds that can leach out. Rather these woods are transformed to be more durable and decay resistant.