REX House Accomplishes 100% Reuse

Rex House

Shannon Quimby, as far as I can tell, is the first to successfully reuse 100% of an old dilapidated home in a new home construction project.  The REX House, or Reuse Everything eXperiment, is located at 2030 SE Rex Street in Portland, Oregon and Shannon has been documenting the entire process since December 2007.  What she’s doing is quite difficult, especially if/when you’re deconstructing a house that has toxic materials, lead, asbestos, and other damaged parts.  But that’s the goal of the project: to share with everyone how to recycle and keep landfills from overflowing with useable construction materials. 


By |September 17th, 2008|Conservation, News, Single Family|2 Comments

Putting Parking Lots to Good Use

Envision Solar Parking Garage

University of California, San Diego is in the process of installing Solar Trees by Envision Solar on the roofs of two of its parking garages.  The Solar Trees are designed to provide clean energy for the campus, shade for vehicle parking, and future infrastructure for electrical vehicles.  Each Solar Tree at UCSD will generate more than 17,000 hours of clean energy per year, which is enough to power more than four single-family homes.  In aggregate, with two parking garages topped with Solar Trees, you can imagine the power they’re generating. 


By |September 15th, 2008|Gadgets, News, Solar|3 Comments

How to Attend West Coast Green Free!

West Coast Green

We’re proud media sponsors of West Coast Green and I know some of you would like to attend.  The event is fast approaching on September 25-27th at the San Jose Convention Center and we just received word from WCG that a little more volunteer help is needed!   In exchange for working a 6-hour shift, volunteers receive a full conference pass (a $575 value) and West Coast Green tshirt.  Volunteers provide crucial support enabling the success of the conference.   You’ll be able to check out over 400 exhibitors of the latest innovative building materials, hear from the 150 leaders and visionaries in green building, and experience the West Coast Green Harbinger Showhouse designed by SG-Blocks. 

To volunteer, please fill out the form at

By |September 11th, 2008|News|0 Comments

Wilgus Green Home Concept Honored

Wilgus Home

Dwell and Google Sketchup came together to hold a Design Your Dwelling contest and the grand prize winner has been chosen.  Drew Wilgus, resident of North Carolina and intern at The Roberts Group + Fanning Howey, took top honors for his green home concept.  According to Christopher Bright on the Dwell Blog, the Wilgus design "stood out for its sustainable elements, integration into the local landscape, keen material use, and striking aesthetic."


By |September 11th, 2008|Modern architecture, News, Single Family|1 Comment

Zero Energy Buildings Database Launched


As with all terms environmental, the devil is in the definition and the lawyers have been hard at work with so called zero energy buildings.  A net ZEB, by definition, produces as much energy as it uses over the course of a year.  To get to that point, buildings owners make their buildings as efficient as possible and then use, in the typical case, on-site renewable energy to get into zero energy territory.  But there are other variations, including net zero site energy, net zero source energy, net zero energy costs, net zero energy emissions, and near zero energy, all of which have been kindly defined by the DOE.  The DOE, as assisted by Building Green, has also launched a Zero Energy Buildings Database, with the following four buildings.


By |September 9th, 2008|Energy Efficiency, News|0 Comments

Broadstar On Track to Sell 70 Turbines

Broadstar Rendering of AeroCam

When Maria Surma Manka brought us news of Broadstar Wind Systems last June from Windpower 2008, our interest was stoked, especially considering the fact that Broadstar was claiming that their AeroCam turbine could achieve $1 per watt installed.  Well, the company is still beta testing the AeroCam turbine, but demand is crazy and they’re "on track" to install more than 70 turbines.  J.C. Penny Co. plans to install AeroCam turbines on their distribution facility in Reno, Nevada by November this year.  Plus, 15 companies have contracted to test the turbines and 12 more are in talks. 


By |September 8th, 2008|Gadgets, Nature, News, Wind|1 Comment