This place was inspired by Dasparkhotel, an innovative hotel in Austria built with recycled concrete tubular rooms. Pictures of the place have been floating around the internet in the last few weeks. It’s called TuboHotel, and it’s located 45 minutes south of Mexico City. Each TuboHotel room includes a queen bed, desk light, fan, and under-bed storage.
There’s some great green homes in Portland, including this one, the Musician’s Dwelling, which was included on the Build It Green! Home Tour in 2010. Musician’s Dwelling was built through a collaboration between Departure Design and Hammer & Hand — like this ultra-efficient ADU — although the architect-owner assisted with this home. Owners Connie and Morgan Curtis envisioned this as a place to make music and share art.
It’s baffling that the light bulb provision in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (“EISA”) has become such a hot-button topic. This week, members of the House are expected to debate and perhaps vote on repealing the provision, which is technically a technology-neutral law. It doesn’t mandate CFLs over incandescent lights, as suggested by some; it merely requires that certain lights be roughly 25% more efficient with about the same brightness and rated life.
There’s a beautiful collection of sustainable furniture called JH2 OneTreeHome that launched at ICFF earlier this year. Founded by John Houshmand and Jack Donenfeld, New York-based JH2 OneTreeHome offers beds, benches, coffee tables, side tables, consoles, dining tables, and desks — all made with a blend of glass, steel, and wood, FSC-certified Nanciton and Cedro Macho, from Nicaragua. In fact, some of this wood comes from trees felled during Hurricane Felix in 2007. Prices vary by item.
This is an eco-friendly home in the Portland area that’s owned by Mike and Virginia Malone. Their 3,336-square-foot project was designed by DeBar Architecture and built by Cellar Ridge Custom Homes for an undisclosed amount with green elements such as rooftop solar, sustainably harvested wood, LED lighting, and a massive water catchment system. Check out the unique interior below.