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11xDesign Portland Modern Homes

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Since a ton of our readers are from the Portland area, I thought I would shout out to this modern home tour planned for this Saturday, February 21, 2009, 10 am – 5 pm.  Dubbed 11xDesign, the free open house features new buildings designed, financed, and developed by 11 Portland architects and designers.  Not all of the homes are green, but many of them are, and we've even written about two of them previously.  They're all in different stages of completion, but there looks to be some good places on the map.  Some of these well write about individually in the future …

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Consumers Now Want Smaller, More Efficient, Less Expensive Homes

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Experts from the NAHB and Better Homes & Gardens Magazine released some interesting research at the International Builder's Show in Las Vegas last week.  They found that Americans aren't interested in McMansions or large homes anymore, they're looking for something more practical.  They're looking for economic and cozy spaces with neat organization.  What's interesting, however, is that the same group that presented this research, the NAHB, is also the group behind IBS and The New American Home.  So despite the fact that consumers want smaller homes, the NAHB brings out a New American Home of 8721 square feet — it's a veritable Temple of Opulence.  I guess you could file this news in the ironic category. 

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Green Buildings and The Obama Effect

[Video - 2:19] Noted green building expert Jerry Yudelson explains how the Obama administration will impact green buildings.  In short, according to Mr. Yudelson, the Obama administration will make green buildings a permanent part of the economic, cultural, and financial landscape.  Every new, large federal building will be LEED certified, and at least 25 (if not 35) states will mandate green certification for all new buildings.  We'll see green measures for hundreds of local, state, and federal buildings, and a lot of money will be going into this area.  And because of this, people will gravitate towards the green building industry — we'll see green jobs and a boom of sorts.

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New American Greenish Home 2009

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As the world descends upon Las Vegas for IBS 2009, undoubtedly, many will be walking through a stylish and posh idea house designed for the show.  The New American Home is a running tradition and every year brings another one.  I guess you could say it's a real life exhibition of the latest and greatest trends in home design.  This year, as mentioned by BusinessWeek earlier, the trends include indoor/outdoor living, basement inclusion, the home office, wireless technology, less ostentation, and having a green badge of honor.  The New American Home 2009 is claimed to be net-zero energy (based on the combined efforts of super efficiency and on-site power generation), and is definitely technologically advanced.  Let's look further …

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Kohler LivingHome Announced as Idea House for TED 2009

Builder LivingHome by KieranTimberlake

The good news for prefab keeps coming.  We just received word that the very first KieranTimberlake LivingHome, you know, the one being assembled over the next four days for IBS 2009, will make a second stop in Long Beach, California for TED 2009.  That's right, a prefab is going to be front and center at TED for the world's most influential thinkers.  So after a brief stint at IBS, KT1.5 will be transported to Long Beach, where it will become the Kohler LivingHome from February 3-7, 2009.  The home will feature the latest thinking in green design, and I'm sure it will add fire to this smoldering revolution in home design and construction.  LivingHomes CEO Steve Glenn will introduce the Idea House, and after TED, it will stay on display from February 8-20.  After that, apparently, the home will be sold to the first buyer that's ready to put it on some land. 

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Green Hope Community: A Sustainable Community for Orphans

Green Hope Community

I want to shout out to a project one of our contributors, Sarah Roe, is working on.  If you’re interested in helping out, please make sure to get in touch with her as outlined below. 

Green Hope Community is a newly-formed non-profit organization whose goal is to establish an eco-friendly community for internationally orphaned children.   This community will be based in the United States; sites in North Carolina, Georgia, New Mexico, Arizona and Oregon are currently being considered.  The goal of the Green Hope Community is to give orphaned children a chance not only to survive, but to thrive, and to give them the tools to become leaders in the fields of environmental progress and social justice.

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