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American Olean, an Easy-to-Find Eco-tile

American Olean

I was incredibly excited to discover that American Olean, a large well-known tile company, is offering products made of recycled materials.  As we all know, there are a lot of great eco-friendly building materials out there, but it can be a challenge to access them, especially if you don’t live on the West Coast.  Well, here is a product that you can find at virtually any store that sells tile and certain styles are even available at Lowe’s.  Not that I would suggest Lowe’s over your neighborhood tile store, but it’s there as an option, if you need it. 

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MetroCabin Shrinks for 2008


MetroShed, in collaboration with its Miami-based partner Cabin Fever, recently announced that it would produce a smaller version of the popular 16′ x 20′ MetroCabin in 2008.  The smaller MetroCabin will be 12′ x 16′, with prices starting at $17,460 (which includes flat-packed shipping and delivery).  The new MetroCabin features curved steel roof beams (or the straight roof package), Duro-Last roofing, prefab SIP walls, and premium heavy-duty sliding doors. 

And although the company’s MetroShed product is built with greener materials such as FSC-certified woods, I’m not sure if this one is.  That said, if you live in this, and this alone, I’d say you’re pretty green. 

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Useful + Agreeable House, a modern mini hi-rise

u+a house

I’d probably prefer cleaner lines and a few more windows in a home like this, but I like it as an example of what Mr. Tom Friedman calls, "building up not out."  The home is called the useful + agreeable house.  Moco Loco called it a mini hi-rise, which is kind of catchy.  I kind of like sound of midget mid-rise, but I’m not really sure if that word is off limits.  Designed by Neil M. Denari Architects, the u+a house should fit in a variety of locations, including weird and/or small lots that allow some height. 

I really like the roof lookout, too (pictured below).  Every home deserves some chill space in the top spot, don’t you think?!  Any thoughts? 

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3form Chroma, a Solid Surface Product

Moss - Chroma

3form has a line of great eco-friendly materials.  One of their products, Chroma, is a solid surface material suitable for countertops, tabletops, vanities, and anything else your imagination can dream up.  The best part about the Chroma line is the color choices.  There is a beautiful palette of brights, bolds, neutrals, and earth tones to choose from.  The bright colors are candy-like and would make a truly unique and bold statement in an otherwise neutral room.  The fascinating thing about Chroma is it’s reclaim potential.  Chroma can be sent back to 3form and they can change the color of the material — and this can be done over and over again.   

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Aegean, the First Logical Homes Prefab

Aegean Logical Homes

4/4/2009 Update: Logical Homes has officially launched!

Tonight, Dwell posted image of AEGEAN, a modern prefab made of shipping containers.  If my information is correct, Aegean is the first prefab from Peter DeMaria for Logical Homes.  The Logical Homes website is still in pre-launch with just a simple landing page.  Aegean was built inside the CES convention center for Olevia, a company that makes energy-efficient TVs.  Via Dwell.

++Logical Homes – Next Generation Prefab [JG]

smart home: green + wired, an mkSolaire exhibit


Tonight, Michelle Kaufmann announced that her firm will participate in the "smart home: green + wired, Powered by ComEd and Warmed by Peoples Gas" exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry ("MSI") opening May 8, 2008.  MKD will exhibit a modern, green prefab on parkland just southeast of MSI.  The project has been in the works for a few months, and over the last week, they’ve broken ground and laid the foundation.  As rendered above, the full-sized mkSolaire will demonstrate the mk 5 EcoPrinciples: smart design, eco materials, energy efficiency, water conservation, and healthy living

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