Prefab ADU Keeps Family in One Place

This is a “Granny Annex” in Kent, England, fabricated by in.it.studios in eight weeks. In.it.studios fashioned the backyard prefab with a well-insulated envelope, Canadian Western Red Cedar cladding, a “zero maintenance” living sedum roof, floor to ceiling windows, a sky light in the hallway, an Accoya deck, and other built-ins with PEFC- and FSC-certified woods.

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By |January 10th, 2012|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

An In-Home Energy Display for the Fridge

At CES 2012, Wireless Glue Networks launched its second-generation in-home display called SmartLook.  SmartLook provides direct wireless access to smart meters with real-time information and is “The World’s First Refrigerator Magnet In-home Display,” according to Wireless Glue Networks.  SmartLook relays pricing information so homeowners can learn what saves energy and money at the same time.  It also stores historical usage and pricing information.  NRG Energy has a booth at CES showcasing the display; keep an eye out for something like this through your local electricity provider.

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By |January 10th, 2012|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Gadgets|Tags: |1 Comment

Allure Intros EverSense Thermostat System

Allure Energy recently announced its new EverSense product line and officially unveiled the home environment and energy management system today at CES 2012.  EverSense is foremost a thermostat replacement with built-in speakers, Wi-FI, and a capacitive touch screen.  It’s also a platform to share energy-saving tips and content with homeowners.

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By |January 9th, 2012|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Gadgets|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Prefab Cachet, Phase Incandescent, Scrubbing CO2, + Green Chemistry

Prefab cachet is catching.
Are incandescents being phased out?
Scientists find CO2 scrubbing material.
Solar hot water collector makes electricity too.
Companies profit through green chemistry.
PHIUS creates rule to ban spray foam.
Top 10 green business in 2011.

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By |January 7th, 2012|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments

Vanillawood Hearts Reclaimed Wood

When Vanillawood founders Kricken and James Yaker outgrew their home office and started shopping for a design studio in Portland’s hot Pearl District, opening a retail store was the farthest thing from their mind. Yet they happened upon a 1000 square-foot warehouse with beautiful natural light and too-good-to-pass-up lease terms, so the design/build team seized the opportunity to showcase their organic contemporary style.

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By |January 6th, 2012|Categories: Materials, Recycled|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Five Green Home Trends for 2012

There’s something about the beginning of a year that makes the fortune tellers come out in droves.  But I guess it’s fun to ponder and pontificate about the future — to string data together to predict what will happen in the next 365 days.  Buildipedia took a shot at identifying green home trends for 2012, and here are the five that they list:

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By |January 4th, 2012|Categories: Lists, News|5 Comments
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