Articles - May, 2012

Ohio Modern Tiny House for the Lofty

Adam Leu has the height of an NBA small forward, 6′ 7″, and wasn’t satisfied with just a standard tiny house.  So he modified a couple plans by tiny-house enthusiast Michael Janzen and created the Tall Man’s Tiny House.  It’s 21-feet long, 13′ 3″ tall (total, not the interior), and includes three roomy segments of seven feet.  This place includes one bedroom, one bathroom, a loft, and an open living and kitchen room, as pictured.

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Philips Has a Neat LED Flood Light Too

I spent some time in the home improvement stores this weekend and noticed a newer bulb from Philips designed to replace the standard flood light.  The BR30 LED bulb is Energy Star compliant, delivers 730 lumens, and uses a decent 13-watts of energy.  Plus, it’s mercury free, lasts about 25,000 hours, and has a standard warm color of 2700 Kelvin.  While the price is hovering at $40 at Home Depot right now, I expect that to slowly drop.  Plus, the bulb is an easy install — just screw it in — so testing this is a no brainer.

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Bright Home Ideas, Dishwasher Efficiency, Simple Cost Savings, + Home Solar Subsidies

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Live Screen Vertical Garden for the Home

The Live Screen will make its debut at Wanted Design in New York City this weekend. It was designed by Danielle Trofe and relies on a hydropic, self-watering configuration to create a stylish and sustainably maintained vertical garden for home interiors. The water is circulated with an aquatic air pump that pushes water through what will likely be 80% recycled food-safe plastic when the product is produced.  More info in the video:

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LEED Beachaus I Prefab in White Rock

This is Beachaus I in the White Rock area of British Columbia.  The home (like the neighbor, Beachaus II) is on the market, should you have an interest in a luxe, modern, prefabricated home with incredible views.  Beachaus — located at 15611 Columbia Avenue — is waiting for LEED certification from the CAGBC and has three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, two half bathrooms, a two-car garage, and about 2,085 square feet.

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Debate: Mechanical vs Passive Strategies

The stage was set for rowdy debate of the tensions between mechanical and passive green building techniques at the recent Congress of the New UrbansimSteve Mouzon, designer and author of The Original Green, Bill Browning of Terrapin Bright Green, Ann Daigle of the Princes Foundation, and Daniel Sloan of McGuire Woods, moderated by Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, a founder of CNU, principal of DPZ and Dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture.

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