The EPA and Department of Energy today announced the “Most Efficient” initiative for products recognized as the most energy-efficient in their categories among those that have received the Energy Star label. The Most Efficient designation will attach to about the top 5% of products in these categories: clothes washers, heating and cooling equipment, televisions, and refrigerator-freezers.
We’ve followed the growth of Reclaimed Space over the last few years and the Austin-based company has delivered some incredible rusty modern prefabs all over the country. The factory is now finishing up work on a “Glam Tent” for Dunton Hot Springs Resort outside of Durango, Colorado. The build includes a reclaimed bathroom and tent roof from Montana-based Reliable Tent & Tipi.
This place was inspired by Dasparkhotel, an innovative hotel in Austria built with recycled concrete tubular rooms. Pictures of the place have been floating around the internet in the last few weeks. It’s called TuboHotel, and it’s located 45 minutes south of Mexico City. Each TuboHotel room includes a queen bed, desk light, fan, and under-bed storage.
There’s some great green homes in Portland, including this one, the Musician’s Dwelling, which was included on the Build It Green! Home Tour in 2010. Musician’s Dwelling was built through a collaboration between Departure Design and Hammer & Hand — like this ultra-efficient ADU — although the architect-owner assisted with this home. Owners Connie and Morgan Curtis envisioned this as a place to make music and share art.
It’s baffling that the light bulb provision in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (“EISA”) has become such a hot-button topic. This week, members of the House are expected to debate and perhaps vote on repealing the provision, which is technically a technology-neutral law. It doesn’t mandate CFLs over incandescent lights, as suggested by some; it merely requires that certain lights be roughly 25% more efficient with about the same brightness and rated life.