Articles - July, 2011

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Toyota Salutes Do-Gooders This Summer

*This is a sponsored post for Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program.

Recently, this site was invited to participate in spreading the word about a Toyota campaign called “100 Cars for Good.”  After reviewing the program and the people involved, we thought it would be something worth sharing because it has the potential to benefit certain non-profits that align with our mission to enhance homes with ecological innovation.

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Modern Infill Project is Healthy, Efficient

This is a project called Sustainable Stuart – the name comes from its location on Stuart Street – by Imagine Infill in Denver, Colorado.  It features two, attached, single-family homes, and we have pictures of one of the homes, 3288 Stuart.  3288 Stuart received LEED Gold, EPA Indoor AirPlus, and Energy Star certifications.

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Inhabit Offers New Eco-Friendly Wall Flats

Inhabit makes a line of 3D wall flats from bagasse, a fiber that’s left over after juice is removed from sugarcane.  The wall flats are popular and the styles are contemporary.  There’s also a few more designs that were added to the line in June, including Luna, Hive, and Drift flats shown in this article.  Inhabit says the flats are non-toxic and biodegradable.  A box of wall flats [$] costs $86 and includes 10 tiles covering up to 22.5 square feet.

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Small Wind Now Available at Home Depot

Recently Southwest Windpower announced the availability of the popular Skystream 3.7 wind turbine at select Home Depot stores.  The move puts small wind within reach of more customers as the industry expands every year.  Southwest will start the installation program in Texas, Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, and California with additional states in the near future.

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Efficient Modern Studio in the Woods

This tiny modern studio is sited on a woodsy lot in Slough, UK. It was designed and built by in.it studios and has about 400 square feet (37 square meters) with a lounge, bedroom, and bathroom. The company told us in an email that they prefabricated the studio with a high-performance wall, roof, and floor assembly and an exterior of cedar cladding.

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