The Green Button Initiative is gaining traction with the launch of Green Button Connect, a web portal launched by energy-focused software developer, Tendril. One side of the site serves consumers who can upload their green button data and try out different applications to make sense of it. The other side of the site serves developers who want to develop applications for these consumers to use.
Letting the sun’s rays reach your home’s interior rooms, or down to lower level, is a challenge on any project, and virtually impossible without cutting a large hole in your roof. But now, Solectric offers an electronic skylight that promises the next best thing — interior lighting that is powered by the sun and can be rendered at the same color temperature.
Okay, really the only connection to Valentine’s Day is the color of the home, but check out this bold, industrial container home in Lille, France. Designed by Patrick Partouche with eight intermodal shipping container units, the home has about 2,200 square feet with great views through large windows and light through polycarbonate panels. Maison Container Lille installed by crane in three days of site work.
I’m happy to announce that the last article in my Water-Wise Bath Redo project with HouseLogic is live today. Check out the finished bathroom — complete with a WaterSense faucet and showerhead in the 90 Degree Series from Moen and a WaterSense space-saver toilet from American Standard. HouseLogic also has a new contest giving commenters a chance to win $100, so visit HouseLogic if interested.
Green homes comprised 17%, or $17 billion, of the overall residential construction market in 2011, according to new findings in the Green Home Builders and Remodelers Study by McGraw-Hill Construction. Mc-Graw Hill predicts green homes will gain market share over the next few years to between 29-38% of the market by 2016 — a market that could equate to $87-114 billion by these forecasts.
- US overbuilt in big houses.
- Modernism betrays true sustainability.
- Small green homes fit in unexpected places.
- The humble light bulb has never been so confusing.
- Energy-efficient light bulbs save consumers money.
- A LEED green home built in one day.
- Green design rental boost.