Keeping our tootsies pampered during midnight trips to the bathroom is a job any carpet can handle. But clean the air of all that icky stuff floating around that we know is there but glad we can’t see? According to Dutch carpet manufacturer Desso, their new carpet line AirMaster can greatly reduce the concentration of that microscopic particulate matter to improve indoor air quality eight times better than hardwood floors. Tall claim, but they have several independent studies backing it up.
This is a renovation of a ranch-style home located in the Alberta Arts District in Portland, Oregon. The owners, builders, and designers — Michelle Ruber and Klaas de Jonge of Encircle Design Build — renovated the old home with locally-sourced materials and contemporary design. It’s now used as a short-term, vacation rental to “provide people a home that embodies Portland’s energies of creativity and ecologically minded ways.”
- Active House in Russia.
- Reshaping the housing market.
- Four green features homeowners want.
- Make a compost pile from pallets.
- New community has nearly zero utilities.
- Lighting sheets made with tiny LEDs.
- Going gaga over LEDs.
True to the company name, California-based Kirei USA recently announced a beautiful, new material for 2012 called Windfall. Windfall is an engineered wood panel made with a low-VOC adhesive and lumber from deconstructed buildings in the Pacific Northwest. It’s suitable for wall paneling, casework, signage, and other similar applications.
After five years of internal and third-party testing, Boral USA today announced the introduction of TruExterior Trim, an exterior trim material made with a blend of bio-based polymers and coal combustion product materials. The poly-ash product contains a minimum of 70% recycled content and a Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver designation.
The average home spends more than $2,200 per year on energy bills and roughly half of this amount goes towards heating and cooling, according to the Department of Energy. When a programmable thermostat is set and used properly, a homeowner can save about $180 annually. But the problem is, virtually everyone with a programmable thermostat doesn’t set or use it properly. Nest Labs, a Palo Alto-based start-up, aims to solve this problem with a new thermostat that’s simple, sleek, intuitive, and smart.