Snack on the Sun with a Solar Sandwich

New Jersey-based Englert, a company that specializes in metal roofing and gutter systems, recently earned a citation from Architect Magazine for their incredible Solar Sandwich roof system.  On the surface, it looks like any other standing-seam metal roof with columns of thin-film photovoltaic solar.  Yet below that, to capture the warmth generated from hot metal roofing, there’s a grid of pex-filled purlins with a water and glycol solution for a solar thermal system.


By |September 8th, 2011|Solar|19 Comments

Unity College Gets Passive Haus Building

The hottest building standard on the block, Passive House, moves to the realm of student housing in a new residence hall at Unity College called TerraHaus. TerraHaus is expected to be the first student residence in the country with Passive House certification and will house 10 students.


By |September 7th, 2011|Educational, Passive House|5 Comments

New Norris House Seeks LEED Platinum

The University of Tennessee recently opened the New Norris House, a 21st-century home that revisits the old Norris community project.  As background, during the Great Depression, the Tennessee Valley Authority built a model community as part of a water works project in Tennessee.  According to the New Norris House site, the old Norris homes were innovative and included electricity and heating systems for the first time in the region.


By |September 7th, 2011|Prefab, Single Family|7 Comments

Live-Work Cargo Containers on an Island

Speaking of the pros and cons of cargo container construction, web-based design magazine designboom has been working on a DIY-style, live-work container structure on Sardinia, an island off the coast of Italy.  The “container summer residence” is made with three containers — two live-work units and one bathroom unit with a toilet and shower.  Designboom set these directly on the pavement, removed the rust, contracted out the plumbing and electrical, and insulated each ISBU with SuperTherm ceramic paint.


By |September 6th, 2011|Container Design|7 Comments

Hive-Inspired, Eco-Friendly Hex Shelving

Housefish, a modular furniture company based in Denver, Colorado, conceived a new shelf design with inspiration from a beehive.  Called Hex Modular Shelving, each shelf is made with custom aluminum extrusions that are light, strong, and hexagonal.  The extrusions are then paired with FSC-certified, zero-VOC finish, maple plywood boards to create a strong and contemporary piece of furniture.


By |September 5th, 2011|Furniture, Modern design|1 Comment

Home Energy Label, Modular Market, Passive Residence, + Labor Day Special


By |September 3rd, 2011|Week in Review|0 Comments