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By |December 10th, 2011|Week in Review|0 Comments

Pallet House Prototype by I-Beam Design

Today my alma mater Southern Methodist University celebrates a new master’s degree program in sustainability and development.  The degree covers sustainability-related topics from policy to design in both developed and developing worlds.  SMU will kick off the endeavor mid-day Friday with London sustainability strategist Peter Bishop and the unveiling of a low-cost Pallet House prototype designed by I-Beam Design.

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By |December 9th, 2011|Affordable, Recycled|9 Comments

EnhanceLite is an Ultra Efficient Light Bulb

If you weren’t already busy enough keeping track of all the new LED bulbs hitting the market, here’s one more.  This is a 60-watt equivalent, omnidirectional led lamp by Florida-based LEDnovation.  The EnhanceLite A19 LED is designed and manufactured in the USA and has the following specifications: 810 lumens, 9.4 watts, 2700 Kelvin, 94 CRI, and a five-year warranty.

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By |December 8th, 2011|Energy Efficiency, Gadgets|1 Comment

Accsys Unveils Hardened Accoya Alder

London and Dallas-based Accsys Technologies recently announced a new variant of the modified wood product Accoya, but this one is made with North American red alder.  The company puts wood through a proprietary acetylation process in whichwood molecules that want to bond with water are replaced with more stable acetyl groups.  This improves durability, hardness, water absorption, and dimensional stability.

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By |December 7th, 2011|Materials|1 Comment

ASUL Prefab Breaks Ground in Hamptons

When Don Lenzer and Bettina Volz started looking around for a builder in the New York area, they quickly realized that they couldn’t meet their budget requirements with conventional construction.  The owners’ design firm, Stelle Architects, found Arizona-based ASUL (Adaptable System for Universal Living), who collaborated with the designer to provide an alternative construction methodology with a budget of $200 per square foot.  This is the Lenzer/Volz residence in Amagansett, New York.

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By |December 6th, 2011|Modern architecture, Prefab|3 Comments

DuPont Expands Corian Terra Surface Line

It seems like manufacturers are turning to third parties to validate environmental claims with increasing frequency lately.  For example, I just learned that DuPont expanded their Corian Terra line of solid surfaces and five colors have at least 20% pre-consumer recycled resin content, according to Scientific Certification Systems.  Several other colors have at least 13% and the rest have a minimum of 6% pre-consumer recycled resin content.  In addition, all colors are GREENGUARD certified; they’re non-porous and do not promote the growth of mold, mildew, or bacteria, according to DuPont.

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By |December 6th, 2011|Materials, Surfaces|1 Comment