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Roundhouse Garden Buildings Inspired by Yurts

Rotunda Living, a small home builder based in the United Kingdom, has designed some small, contemporary round houses inspired by nature’s shapes and elements. They look like the perfect backyard getaway to use as a studio, guest bedroom, pool house, or meditative escape space.

The design is similar to a yurt, but with solid walls. The plan is to use locally-sourced materials and a local supply chain to create quality, sustainable materials that will not sacrifice aesthetics. Each design uses natural, breathable, and efficient materials for insulation and construction, providing a healthy environment that inspires creativity in an atmosphere inspired by nature. […]

By |January 18th, 2013|Categories: Modern architecture, Modern design, Nature|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments
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Seadrift Residence is a Zero-Energy Home With Natural, Stylish Features

This Seadrift Residence home by CCS Architecture in San Francisco may not look out of the ordinary for a modern lakehouse, but this sleek and stylish 1,900 square foot home is as environmentally friendly as it is stylish.

The middle of the living space consists of a rotating fire orb that is designed to distribute warmth equally throughout the room. The generous amount of wood throughout the home gives a natural, inviting look while providing plenty of natural insulation. […]

By |January 17th, 2013|Categories: Single Family|Tags: , , , |3 Comments
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New LED Lighting Styles Launched by Barn Light Electric

Barn Light Electric has announced its launch a a new line of lighting fixtures that utilize innovative LED technology from Cree, Inc., an innovator in LED lighting.

Barn Light is combining its vintage-styled lighting with energy-efficient, low-maintenance LEDs. Cree provides a proprietary TrueWhite® technology that transmits a warm light similar to traditional incandescent bulbs.

“While LED lighting is hardly new, many people are unclear on all of the benefits of using LEDs,” said Scott Dodson, Project Manager and LED Liaison at Barn Light Electric. “When you invest in LED lighting, it may cost more up front than incandescent or fluorescent bulbs, but you’ll start saving money, through reduced energy consumption and lower maintenance costs, the minute you flip the switch.” […]

By |January 17th, 2013|Categories: Materials|Tags: , , , , , , |2 Comments
  • Atlas Concrete Carbon Neutral Block

Low-Carbon Concrete Products to be Developed by Atlas Block and CarbonCure

Atlas Block, a manufacturer of concrete products based in Ontario, has signed a licensing agreement with CarbonCure, an emerging leader in science-based concrete technology for green building, to manufacture low-carbon concrete that will significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the concrete industry.

Several months have been spent testing the bolt-on technology from CarbonCure at the Atlas Block Hillsdale plant. The method sequesters carbon dioxide into the concrete during the manufacturing process. CO2 waste is consumed during concrete production to transform it into solid limestone, thus creating a better concrete product. […]

By |January 16th, 2013|Categories: Materials|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments
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BluServ™Plus Brings You Full-Service Homebuilding from Blu® Homes

Blu® Homes is now offering “start to finish” project management services so that they can more easily provide customers with precision-engineered, green prefabricated houses. BluServ™ Plus services include design, fixed bid, general contractor, schedule management, project management, and site work. […]

By |January 15th, 2013|Categories: Prefab|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments
  • Empowerhouse

Empowerhome – The Sustainable Net-Zero Home of the Future

The Empowerhouse, a home that produces all of its own energy, has just been built in a Washington D.C. neighborhood. It was designed by students at the New School and Stevens Institute of Technology as part of a Solar Decathlon design competition, which partnered with the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development. This made one of the competition’s homes a reality for the first time ever. […]

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