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Helios House Gets LEED Gold in Bend

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If you've been to Bend, Oregon — smack dab in the center of the state on the dry side — you know it's a cool place with a ton of outdoor, vacation, and eco-friendly options.  That's why the owners of this vacation rental, Helios NW Eco-House, decided to go ahead and earn LEED Gold certification. It's actually, according to the owners' research, the first vacation rental home in the state to receive this level of certification. 

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Haptik Blends Luxury and Sustainability

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In response to a design challenge issued by the USGBC, WATG and IDEO created "Haptik," a sustainable hotel suite that blends sustainability and luxury in a high-tech environment.  The suite, named after a Greek term for experiencing interactions based on touch, won the challenge and was built as a model at HD Expo 2010 last month.  Courtesy of WATG, take a look inside:

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Plant Walls for Vibrant Green Spaces

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The folks at Plant Solutions installed this vibrant living wall in a conference room of their Scottsdale office. The TerraScreen Living Wall is made with two 4'x4' panels, which are made with a black, powder-coated, galvanized steel wire, and brackets that attach to the wall. The panels protrude a little less than five inches from the wall.

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Design Blooms with these Five Products

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In an effort to find truly sustainable and beautiful commercial interior design, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and Interiors & Sources magazine partnered to create the Bloom Awards.  Now in its second year, the winners have just been released and will be recognized at NeoCon next month.  These five products, according to a press release, successfully marry innovation and sustainability in their category.  

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Modern Coop with Reclaimed Cedar

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Whether its urban farming or backyard chickens, there’s a movement afloat to raise and grow food locally and organically.  If you’re interested in running a chicken coop — and speaking from personal experience, it’s not easy — you might have a look at the Modern Coop by John Wright.  His stylish, sporty coop is made with reclaimed cedar, and it’s mobile, so you can move it around every couple weeks.  The standard roof is a translucent fiberglass or durable metal, but you can opt for the green roof version, too.

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Clean Green Kitchen Rehab in Twin Cities

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Joshua Foss, principal of Thrive Design Studio and ambassador for the Living Building Challenge, recently completed this clean and contemporary kitchen renovation in a home near Theodore Wirth Park.  Foss and the owners went with a color palette that, in the end, resembles nature in many ways.  The light blue walls resemble water or clear blue skies, the steel and aluminum mimic smooth stones, and the cabinets and floors ground the space with wood.

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