Panasonic Corp. recently announced a breakthrough tankless toilet called “Arauno V,” according to newswire AFP Relax News. This isn’t one of those toilets where the tank is hidden in the wall, rather the toilet draws water directly from the home water supply. And the bowl is engineered like a tornado to cleanly circulate waste down the drain.
As you may know, in recent years, I bought an old, existing home originally built in 1958. It’s nothing fancy and not all that updated in the main areas, such as the bathrooms and kitchen, so I’ve been working on modernizing things little by little. One bathroom was so run down that we shut the door and didn’t use it after purchase.
But all this changed recently when HouseLogic, a resource by the National Association of Realtors, agreed to partner with me and Jetson Green to renovate a bathroom.
- Prefabulous kit house.
- Pushing the Green Button initiative.
- LED prices drop with power consumption.
- Audits help owners save money and energy.
- Passive House costs $400 per year to heat/cool.
- New home attains rare Passive House status.
- Bring a little green into your home.
New Town Builders, the company that uses beetle-killed pine for their framing, opened this net-zero energy home with an announcement yesterday. The company is the first in the area to offer a zero-energy package as a regular, additional option. In other words, if a buyer wants it, the buyer can get a home that generates as much energy as it uses over the course of a year for the right price — in this case, $26,900.
The Earth Advantage Institute has certified more than 12,000 green homes, so it’s safe to say they know what’s going on with green building. Towards the end of 2011, the non-profit spoke with various policymakers, builders, developers, architects, brokers, appraisers, lenders, and homeowners to understand green building trends. Here are the 10 green building trends EAI says to watch for in 2012, which we’ve paraphrased below: