Articles - June, 2011

Report: Climate Change Could Affect IAQ

In early June, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies issued a report entitled “Climate Change, the Indoor Environment, and Health” which found that climate change could affect indoor environments as buildings seek to become more energy efficient.  The report was commissioned by the EPA to summarize the effects of climate change on indoor air quality and health.

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Housing Recovery Brings Changed World

Bob Lindal is the President of Lindal Cedar Homes, and his company is probably the largest provider of custom cedar homes in the country.  Bob has been in the business for about 50 years, and today published a letter on the company blog.  Lindal explains that he’s seen several recessions before, but this one is different.  Prior recoveries retained the status quo, but “this emerging recovery is into a fundamentally changed world with new long-term priorities in housing.

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Trendy Handmade Tile Now at Modwalls

Clayhaus Ceramics, maker of eco-friendly ceramic tiles in Portland, recently announced a new partnership with Modwalls, a web-based seller of modern tile and wall coverings.  The companies are now offering Clayhaus for Modwalls, which is a custom collection of modern ceramic tiles available online through Modwalls.

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Efficient Prefab Finished in Yucca Valley

The Graham Residence, a desert prefab that we previewed last February, is now complete.  The Blue Sky Homes project is located in Yucca Valley and was designed by o2 Architecture.  Solterra Development was the general contractor and completed the kit home with a galvanized, light-gauge steel frame and several energy-efficient elements.

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Save Energy with a Modern Ceiling Fan

An Energy Star qualified ceiling fan and light is about 50% more efficient than a conventional ceiling fan and light, according to EnergyStar.gov, and can save a user more than $15 per year on utility bills.  One company, The Modern Fan Company, makes several Energy Star qualified models and just released five new designs this year.  If you’re in the market, Lumens.com currently has 20% off fan models and free shipping on orders over $50, including these five new designs:

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