Pure Salvage Tiny House for Living

This Tiny Texas Worker House was built with 99% salvaged material on a minimal footprint of 120 square feet.  The home, which is valued at about $38,000, will be given away this year through an essay raffle by Tiny Texas Houses.  So, with the combination of a winning essay and $50, one could end up with an entirely new way of living and a unique, reclaimed, micro shelter.

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By |June 27th, 2011|Categories: Single Family|Tags: , |10 Comments

Energy Savings, Set-Top Box Energy, Complete Green, + Solar Surcharge

Green home is almost complete.
Does this house make me look fat?
Old tensions surface over LEED pilot credit.
Want to reduce heating/cooling bills by 90%?
Value of solar power exceeds the electricity.
Some cities overcharge for solar permits.
Some set-top […]

By |June 25th, 2011|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments

Ford Showcases the Garage of the Future

In the rapidly changing landscape of automobiles, what will your garage look like to accommodate all electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles?  Ford has worked with many partners in the development of their home charging system for the electric Focus, to be released this year, and the upcoming plug-in hybrid and electric versions of the all new C-MAX.

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By |June 25th, 2011|Categories: Gadgets, Technology|Tags: , , |4 Comments

Ed Begley Jr: Green Efforts Make Sense

As part of Ford’s futuring and trend conference, Forward with Ford 2011, the company placed a significant emphasis on sustainability and its efforts in this area.  The company invited Ed Begley Jr., celebrity environmentalist and host of Living with Ed, to speak about his eco-friendly lifestyle and environmental advocacy efforts.  Ed stressed that in his 41 years being an outspoken advocate for the environment there are ways to make and save green while going green.

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By |June 24th, 2011|Categories: Events, Green Building|Tags: , , |3 Comments

Formica Unveils FSC-Certified Laminates

Earlier this week, Formica announced the availability of high-pressure, decorative laminates with full FSC certification at no additional charge.  The new, eco-friendlier laminates are manufactured in plants in Evendale, Ohio and St. Jean, Quebec and may contribute toward LEED credits in the certified wood category.

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By |June 24th, 2011|Categories: Materials, Surfaces|Tags: |2 Comments

Traditional Style Passivhaus Built in Ohio

SmartHome Cleveland at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History opened for tours earlier this month, making it the only public Passive House in the country.  We previewed the ultra-efficient abode a few months back and can now supplement our earlier coverage with these interior and exterior photos.

SmartHome will blend in with its future neighborhood, but don’t be fooled.  This home is different than most new and existing homes.  This home represents the future of energy-efficient housing and it will be open for visits through the end of this year, 2011.

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By |June 23rd, 2011|Categories: Passive House, Single Family|Tags: , , |13 Comments
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