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Modern Green Compact House for All

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This tiny house — the L41 House — has been sneaking around the internet over the past few months.  It was on display at the Vancouver Olympics and visitors seemed to take a liking to the 220-square-foot beauty.  Designed by Michael Katz and Janet Corne, L41 House is small, energy efficient, and sacrifices nothing but extraneous space.

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Circular Passive House Villa in Sweden

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Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture recently let us know of a newly completed Passive House in Borlänge, Sweden.  It’s beautiful, prefabricated, contemporary, and, stating the obvious, circular.  The 1,700 square-foot home features an interior atrium, lake-facing kitchen and living room, and more private bedrooms and bathrooms on the other side of the home.

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Broken Windshields Now Second Glass

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I'm fascinated by Second Glass, a product that was recognized on Sustainable Industries' Top 10 Green Building Products list this year.  Second Glass is a recycled glass product made in Portland of junk or damaged windshields using a patent-pending cold-melted process.

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Top 10 Green Building Products [2010]

Top-ten-building-products-sustainable-industries As the magazine does every year, Sustainable Industries has just published its list of the Top 10 Green Building Products of 2010.  Selections are chosen by an esteemed panel of judges — Michelle Kaufmann, Barry Giles, Kris Kimble, and Liz Dunn — based on design aesthetic, environmental performance, compatibility with LEED, and value, scalability/market impact, and innovativeness.  This year, the judges took interest in products that reuse resources or reduce energy.  Here are the top ten:

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Asul: New Adaptable Modern Homes

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Before joining forces with Shepley Bulfinch, Merz Project, architect of the Galleries at Turney, had a small paragraph of information on their website about “asul” prefabs planned for “Prescott Community.”  While I never was able to learn any thing new about the endeavor, it turns out that ASUL will debut at Dwell on Design this week.

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