• Backyard Skills DIY Handbook

DIY Backyard Skills Handbook

The Ecology Center, an educational facility in Orange County, held a series of DIY workshops in 2009 and 2010 to teach people practical, environmental solutions for the home.  With the popularity of the workshops, The Ecology Center decided to compile the projects as a reference, and that reference became Backyard Skills: A D.I.Y. Handbook.  We’ve been given a review copy to read and share on this site.


By |July 6th, 2011|Categories: book, Giveaways|37 Comments
  • Forest Cabot Trail Nova Scotia

USGBC Pilots Wood Certification Options

Once again, there is discussion in the U.S. Green Building Council (“USGBC”) to allow other wood certifying organizations to have a place within the LEED guidelines for green construction. The new Pilot Credit 43 [PDF] for certified products would allow several wood certifications — e.g., Forest Stewardship Council, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, American Tree Farm — to contribute to a point under the trial credit.


By |July 4th, 2011|Categories: LEED, Materials|Tags: , , |0 Comments
  • Fireworks on the Fourth of July

Have a Great Independence Day!

I hope you’re having a great Independence Day with friends and family.  Enjoy the food, fellowship, and conversation, but keep it safe and free of fire.  After the holiday, we have some great coverage lined […]

By |July 4th, 2011|Categories: Weblogs|0 Comments
  • Studio Shed SolSource

Solar-Powered Shed for a Colorado Artist

Gail Siegel is a full-time jeweler specializing in precious metals.  She uses fire in her work and needed some extra space to do.  After weighing the various options — renting a space, buying a larger home, building a backyard shed — she decided to install a Studio Shed with solar power from Denver-based SolSource.


By |July 4th, 2011|Categories: Prefab|Tags: , , , |1 Comment
  • Week in Review

Changing Behavior, Bethesda Passive, McMansion 2.0, + Home Wind Turbines

Are McMansions coming back?
Bethesda gets area’s first Passive House.
Home wind turbine sales are growing strong.
Changing our behavior regarding electricity usage.
On site energy, suburbans can trump TOD.
Cultural shift if boomers stay in suburbia.
The green revolution is […]

By |July 2nd, 2011|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments
  • Dwell Showhouse PieceHomes - exterior

Dwell Show Prefab to be Sold on eBay

This is the Modern Living Showhouse on display at Dwell on Design 2011.  The green prefab was designed by Jonathan Davis of pieceHomes, built by OneBuild Inc., and styled by Zem Joaquin and ecofabulous.  With 520 square feet, the dwelling is spacious enough to include a kitchen, living room, bedroom, and bathroom.  See the interior photos below with a description of green materials and technologies included in the showcase.


By |July 1st, 2011|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab|Tags: , , , |8 Comments

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