Articles - June, 2011

Designer Ceiling Lamp Powered By the Sun

Velux introduced the Lovegrove chandelier about a year ago, and, with a best of the best Red Dot 2010 award, the sunlight diffuser is getting more and more interest.  Designed by Ross Lovegrove, the lamp works in conjunction with Velux sun tunnels.  Lovegrove’s orb reflects natural sun light to the ceiling for room distribution and can be adjusted for intensity and angle.  The product is supposed to be available starting this month; find and contact a Velux distributor for pricing and availability.

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Eight Reasons for Passive House Growth

It’s no secret that Passivhaus, or Passive House, is exploding in popularity right now.  This site is publishing more about Passive House every week and readers seem to be more interested in these ultra-efficient homes than ever.  In fact, the volume of news references for “Passive House” and “Passivhaus” is up in recent years, according to a simple search using Google Trends.

So, what’s the secret behind the success of Passive House?

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Pure Salvage Tiny House for Living

This Tiny Texas Worker House was built with 99% salvaged material on a minimal footprint of 120 square feet.  The home, which is valued at about $38,000, will be given away this year through an essay raffle by Tiny Texas Houses.  So, with the combination of a winning essay and $50, one could end up with an entirely new way of living and a unique, reclaimed, micro shelter.

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