New Passive House in North Carolina

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Update 3/31/2011: The First Passive House in North Carolina.

Recently we caught wind of a Passive House under construction in North Carolina. Chris Senior, certified Passive House consultant, along with his company Anchorage Building Corporation, the contractor, sent us these media files and a note that the home will be on the Raleigh area NAHB National Green Building Home Tour on May 15 and 22.

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Philips Unveils 60W Replacement LED

Today, Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG) announced the industry’s first replacement for a 60-watt incandescent light bulb.  The EnduraLED light screws in just like an incandescent and only uses 12 watts of power while providing 806 lumens.

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Plant Walls for Vibrant Green Spaces

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The folks at Plant Solutions installed this vibrant living wall in a conference room of their Scottsdale office. The TerraScreen Living Wall is made with two 4'x4' panels, which are made with a black, powder-coated, galvanized steel wire, and brackets that attach to the wall. The panels protrude a little less than five inches from the wall.

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Prefabulous + Sustainable

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To be considered for this random giveaway, leave a comment below through the end of Friday, May 14, 2010.*

Abrams was kind enough to send us a copy of Sheri Koones’ most recent book on modular homes, Prefabulous and Sustainable.  Considering we’ve published over 250 articles on various green prefabs, you can say this book is right up our alley.  Indeed, it’s a veritable treasure trove of inspiration for prefab enthusiasts and well worth the cover price of $25.

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Future of Work and Cities [Newsweek]

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Recently, Newsweek asked three well-known architecture firms to explain what cities will look like in 2030.  Using New York City as the location, these firms — HOK; Cooper, Robertson & Partners; and Richard Meier & Partners — responded to the hypothetical with The Future of Work and other musings as to how we will work, live, interact, and move around in 20 years. 

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Monitor and Control with Energy Hub

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The energy monitoring space is crowded, but chances are, you've seen the EnergyHub here and there.  Perhaps you're in one of three utility pilots testing the product, which was named a Best Invention by Time last year.  With EnergyHub, consumers can link up a dashboard, thermostat, plugs, and strips to *both* monitor and control energy use from home, a mobile device, or the internet. 

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