Deconstructed Home, Deep Energy, Sustainable Wood, + the Greenest Home

Low-income, high efficiency.
Are we using wood sustainably?
Drop in mounting slashes solar install costs.
Deconstruction: can an entire home be recycled?
Fearing the phase out of incandescent bulbs.
The nation’s greenest home is a mystery.
The price of being certifiably […]

By |May 28th, 2011|Categories: Week in Review|1 Comment

Modern Recyclable Containers with LEDs

Salt Lake City-based ORE Inc. makes modern landscape containers, fire pits, benches, and other things. They’re beautiful and some of them are outfitted with LEDs evoking something of a TRON: Legacy feel. These containers can be powder coated and made with steel or aluminum. Also, depending on the piece, ORE Containers may contribute to up to four different LEED credits (i.e., low-VOC sealants and paints, recycled content steel/aluminum, and FSC certified teak and ipe).

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By |May 27th, 2011|Categories: Landscape, Modern design|4 Comments

The Great Prefab Debate [3:30 PM EDT]

Treehugger’s Great Prefab Debate is set for today at 3:30 p.m. EDT, so bookmark this page and come back. You can watch live and submit comments. This will be an old fashioned debate […]

By |May 26th, 2011|Categories: Features, Prefab|7 Comments

Accoya Offers Durable Non-Toxic Wood

If you want to use wood in an exterior application, your options are wider than ever. While durable tropical hardwoods have been decimated by unsustainable logging, there are several methods of preserving wood that produce even more durable and sustainable products. These are not woods infused with toxic chemicals or metal compounds that can leach out. Rather these woods are transformed to be more durable and decay resistant.

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By |May 26th, 2011|Categories: Materials|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

Cloud-Based Smart Watering: Cyber Rain

Encino-based Cyber-Rain, maker of what the company calls a “sprinkler controller with a brain,” recently introduced a new feature that gives users the ability to monitor and control landscape watering from the cloud.  The Cyber-Rain controller works similar to, for example, a Rainbird or Orbit system, except an owner can control sprinklers, manually run valves, and check watering activity from a computer or through a free iPhone app.

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By |May 25th, 2011|Categories: Gadgets, Water Efficiency|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Flexible Tensile Solar Has Big Potential

Design site Core77 recently noticed a new solar product called Tensile Solar from Brooklyn-based SMIT, the same group behind GROW or Solar Ivy.  Tensile Solar is a lightweight, membrane fabric embedded with flexible solar cells that could be used to provide shade, protection from the rain, and power from the sun.

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By |May 24th, 2011|Categories: Solar|Tags: , |5 Comments
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