- Green building acoustics.
- Downsizing: how to build a tiny house.
- New approaches to water conservation.
- Fannie and Freddie threaten PACE loans.
- Perception vs. reality: the cost of green building.
- Is the problem auto dependency or suburbia?
- Buyers want usable energy efficient homes.
- Passive House standards gain traction.
- Why not Passive House?
Cabin Fever, a Florida-based company with an office in California, makes some slick green structures that can be used as weekend retreats, home offices, extra bedrooms, sheds, and anything else along these lines. Shown here is the Maxwell Cabin. It’s a 320 square-foot model that sells from $32,500, depending on options.
A couple weeks ago, the FTC released a final rule relating to new labels for light bulb packaging. The labels are designed to help consumers understand the differences between traditional incandescent, compact fluorescent (CFL), and light emitting diode (LED) bulbs. They’re also supposed to help consumers save money and energy, which is, after all, the ultimate goal with new technology.
Seems like a rare situation when a person will need both a carport and solar panels on top of the carport — as opposed to on the house or somewhere else. But assuming the stars align and you're in the market, Phat Energy wants to be there to help you out. The company just unveiled their prototype PHATport 350 in the outdoor section of Dwell on Design 2010.
Notwithstanding the perfunctory summer trip or vacation, we saw a lot of interesting news in June. With the European Solar Decathlon and Dwell on Design, together with all the innovation and press releases coming out of these events, you’ll find some great links to catch up on below.
Besting the efforts of nearly 3,100 architects worldwide, a team involving blaanc of Portugal and João Caeiro of Mexico won the Open Source House design competition with their entry “Emerging Ghana.” All of the entries are available online and Emerging Ghana, as a pilot project, is expected to be built by the end of this year.