Articles - July, 2011

Popomo is a Simple Modern Tiny House

Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, a purveyor of tiny homes, workshops, books, and plans, is promoting the Popomo design pictured this month.  This is one of the company’s easiest homes to build, according to Tumbleweed, and it’s also one of the few modern plans they have available.  Popomo has a basic kitchen, wet bath, tiny bedroom, propane fireplace, steel exterior, and a total of about 144 square feet.  Plans are discounted through the end of July, if you’re looking for a new building adventure.

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Philips: “Stock Up Now!” On Edison Bulbs

Watch this video.  It’s a mash-up of Fox News bashing the light bulb provision in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (“EISA”).  Most of the commentators seem to have an aversion to CFLs for one reason or another (i.e., bulb appearance, bulb cost, light quality, light color, mercury, cleanup), but I’m not hearing these same people talk much about the new EISA-compliant incandescent bulbs that are currently available.

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Prefab ADU Think Tank Built in Savannah

This is a prefab design by Phoenix-based ASUL — which stands for adaptable system for universal living — and CSCP Consult in Savannah, Georgia. The tiny accessory dwelling unit has a 16′ x 20′ interior and is used by CSCP Consult as a “Think Tank,” or office, library, and study. The ADU, as shown below, is adjacent to a restored mid-century modern home and rests on 6-foot stilts to comply with FEMA flood zone requirements.

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A Dash of Light, Style, and Sustainability

Dash is a new LED task light by Details, a Steelcase company, that was designed in collaboration with Foster + Partners.  The modern lamp is said to be the first LED task lamp to achieve BIFMA Level 1 certification — it has a mercury-free LED and PVC-free wiring — and made with 32% recycled content.  Dash [$] includes a 3,500 K, 8-watt LED and a 50,000-hour rated life.  It has a 32″ horizontal and 22 3/4″ vertical reach.

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Energy-Efficient Home Remodel in Seattle

This is The Sentinel, a home that went through an efficiency renovation in Seattle.  The work was performed by Seattle-based Green Canopy Homes which takes existing homes in walkable neighborhoods and transforms them with high-performance upgrades and a touch of community design.  They all carry an Energy Performance Score and Built Green certification, and many of them have some geeky features like real-time energy monitoring, a digital homeowner’s manual, and on-site solar power.

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CalStar Intros New Permeable Paver

CalStar Products, maker of award-winning fly ash bricks, this week announced a new paver that can be used in LEED projects in order to obtain credits for recycled content, regional materials, and stormwater design.  The paver, which is suitable for intense uses such as parking lots, alleys, crosswalks, and plazas, is made with 40% post-industrial recycled material and comes in several different colors.

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