Articles - October, 2011

Japanese Style Tub with Recycled Content

If you saw last night’s episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, which I had the fun opportunity to work on, you might have noticed several green elements in the home.  The home has water-efficient Kohler products, rooftop solar, a green trellis and solar wall, etc.  It also has lots of copper products — due to the connection with Kennecott and Rio Tinto — such as this Japanese-style tub made with 99.7% pure recycled-content copper.  The 200-pound, hand-hammered ofuro made an appearance on TV by donation from Premier Copper Products.  The fully recyclable tub retails for $9,999.

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Stunning Net-Zero Energy Homes of 2011

The biennial Solar Decathlon finished today and teams will begin the grunt work of taking their homes back or sending them off if the homes were acquired.  As we’ve done in the past, here’s a short roundup of all 19 Solar Decathlon homes for 2011.  The competition fosters the design, build, and operation of net-zero energy homes that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive.  Maryland won the entire competition, and Appalachian State was given the People’s Choice Award

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The People’s Choice Award – #SD2011

Nearly 93,000 voted and it’s official: Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina took The People’s Choice Award at the Solar Decathlon 2011.  The award is high praise for a great team and incredibly thoughtful Solar Homestead entry.  Now that the competition is over, the home will packed and shipped back to Boone where it will be used on campus.

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The Solar Decathlon Winner – #SD2011

After all the scores have been gathered and added, the Department of Energy today announced that the overall winner of Solar Decathlon 2011 is Maryland for WaterShed.  Team Purdue finished in second place with INhome, and Team New Zealand finished in third place with First Light.

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Market Appeal Contest Winner – #SD2011

Before announcing the winner of the Solar Decathlon, the Department of Energy announced the results of the last juried contest for Market Appeal.  Middlebury College landed first place for Self-Reliance, while Maryland followed in second place with WaterShed and New Zealand in third place with First Light.

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