Articles - March, 2012

KuL Intros Recycled Modular Wall Planters

Along the lines of Urbio or Minigarden, check out these new modular wall planters by KuL Studios made with recycled HDPE plastic.  Called Ballavaz, the planters can be used indoors or outdoors and are available in 10 colors.  KuL offers two sizes, 24″x12″ and 24″x18″, which mount with screws or hooks.  Ballavaz include a concealed recess for drip irrigation — making these just right for herbs, veggies, and maybe a flower or two.

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Greenfab is a Platinum Modular Home

Last week, Greenfab was awarded LEED Platinum certification for this modular home, a contemporary residence located in the Jackson Place neighborhood of Seattle. It’s the first prefabricated, modular home in Washington to obtain this level of LEED certification and the design is part of Greenfab’s 1300 Series now available nationally.

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Haiku: Most Efficient Ceiling Fan in World

Just as Nest changed the thermostat game, perhaps Haiku will change the residential ceiling fan game.  This is the “world’s most efficient ceiling fan,” the “quietest fan in the world,” and the “most sustainable” fan, according to Big Ass Fan, the company behind the new product.

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Fine Earthy Wood Tile by Everitt & Schilling

You’ve probably seen bamboo tile, but have you seen some of the handcrafted wood tile from Colorado-based Everitt & Schilling Company.  They offer a Trail Mix series (pictured above) that is made from the scraps — alder, poplar, oak, walnut, hickory – of cabinet and door makers.  E&S also has a few country-luxe lines made with reclaimed barnwood and finished with water based, low VOC finishes.  Re-Claimed Barnwood tiles come in 2×2, 4×4, 2×8, and 4×8 with various configurations.  Pricing varies and can be provided upon request, though I understand it starts at around $24 per square foot.

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Everblue Trains New BPI Energy Auditors

*This is a sponsored post for the Everblue Training Institute.

The green homes market is growing like crazy and energy efficiency is a big aspect of this growth. Specifically, I think the energy audit is critical to helping homeowners improve the performance and comfort of existing homes, and trained professionals will play an important role going forward.  That’s why the Everblue Training Institute is providing a great resource by training professionals to obtain BPI Certification. Read more »

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