Articles - June, 2011

Off-Grid NZE Mountain Cabin in Colorado

There’s some interesting history to this net-zero energy home in Lenado, Colorado.  Apparently, a “cranky,” gun-totting squatter named Jack Hogue, or “Lumber Jack,” built a cabin and bathhouse near the top of Woody Creek and took title by adverse possession in the 1990s, after 17 years.  Branden Cohen and Deva Shantay of True Nature Healing Arts bought the place from Lumber Jack and improved it, but at 8,650 feet in elevation, it turns out they needed, among other things, a bathroom *in* the home, not out.

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Scenic Eco Prefab Complete in Utah

Today Stillwater Dwellings announced the completion of another green prefab, which is located in Southern Utah near Capitol Reef National Park.  It’s a beautiful home that’s constructed to the same building codes as a typical home, but it’s not typical.  In fact, this is an impressive case study of some of the benefits of off-site construction — construction in a controlled environment, preservation of the site by avoiding on-site construction, and use of prefabrication to overcome labor, costs, and site challenges.

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New Corrugated FSC Plywood by Corelam

New possibilities with plywood are possible with Corelam, a Canadian manufactured “multi-use corrugated veneer plywood panel product” which we noticed recently at the industrial design site Core77 (no relation to Corelam despite the similar name). The distinctive corrugated wood panels are made with FSC wood and adhesives that do not off-gas formaldehyde or other volatile organic compounds.

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Panasonic Intros New Dual Sensor Fans

The most important job for a ventilation fan, particularly in a well-sealed home, is to exhaust the excess moisture from the air. Moisture needs to be kept from building up indoors to keep the interior environment comfortable. To help with this, Panasonic is introducing a new series of WhisperSense fans with dual sensors which will be available starting in June 2011.

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LEED Platinum Condos at Primera Terra

KB Home recently unveiled one of the largest communities of LEED Platinum homes in Playa Vista, California.  Called Primera Terra, the community has 52 luxury condos certified to green building standards and each home will have an Energy Performance Guide sticker.  These homes are about 40% more efficient than Title 24 standards and could cost as low as $57 per month on heating and cooling.

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