Teragren Grows Strand Bamboo Floor Line

Teragren, one of the largest manufacturers of bamboo materials based in North America, recently expanded the popular Portfolio line of floating, strand bamboo flooring with the addition of “Portfolio Naturals.”  The four new looks — Java, Chestnut, Wheat, and Brindle — have been favorites in other Teragren product lines and expand a Portfolio line that’s quick to install.

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Reclaimed Wood with a Rainscreen Install

I’ve been following Matt Risinger’s blog for about a year, because he’s sharing great videos about high-performance homes in Austin, Texas.  Take this video about using old pine siding from a home built in 1935.  The siding is in a condition to be reclaimed because it’s had enough air to dry when wet over the years.  Now that it’s being re-used, Risinger shares the vented rainscreen he used to make sure the siding lasts another 80 years.

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Starck Sweeps in with Emeco Broom Chair

Broom is another chair made by Emeco and Philippe Starck, but this one isn’t made with aluminum.  As explained by Starck: “Imagine … a guy who takes a humble broom and starts to clean the workshop, and with this dust he makes new magic.” In this case, the dust is discarded industrial material — 75% reclaimed polypropylene, 15% reclaimed wood fiber, and 10% glass fiber — and the magic is a stackable chair.

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Green Appraisal Guide, Banning Plastic, Designating Prefab, + Build Eco-Friendly

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Warburg is Simple, Modern, and Efficient

There’s something about the traditional yet contemporary “house-shaped” form of this design that just resonates with me.  The home was designed by an Alberta-based studio called Bioi pursuant to the owner’s request for something simple, contemporary, and energy efficient with a build cost of less than $100,000.  It turns out, Warburg House received the highest EnerGuide rating available without generating its own energy, according to featured project information at Architizer.

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Micro Guest Cottage with a Green Roof

Continuing the theme of tiny structures this week, I think this office cottage on Bainbridge Island is just awesome.  The compact, 200-square foot space was designed by Russ Hamlet and built by Geoffrey Hobert for the Rolling Bay Land Co. and featured on the recent green home tours presented by the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild.

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