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11xDesign Portland Modern Homes

Z-haus

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

Small-green-homes

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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