• Bolefloor

Shapely Natural Wood Floors by Bolefloor

A Dutch company, Bolefloor, has developed a new method of producing floors from pieces of wood stock that allow for the natural shape of wood to be used. The company uses wood scanners, computer-aided technology, and optimization algorithms to maximize wood cuts to create a unique floor with curving joints between boards for a floor like none other on the market.

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By |April 11th, 2011|Categories: Materials|Tags: , , |7 Comments
  • Grape Solar GS-2300-KIT - $9,999.99

Grape Solar PV Systems Sell on Amazon

Oregon-based Grape Solar is now selling grid-tie capable, kilowatt-scale solar photovoltaic systems online via Amazon.  These systems ship in various bundles which include a racking system, an inverter, and several 230-watt panels, depending on the size of the system.

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By |April 11th, 2011|Categories: Solar|Tags: , |6 Comments
  • Week in Review

Greenest Prefabs, Thermostat Savings, Pocket Neighborhoods, + CFL Pollution

Greenest prefabs.
Tiny houses increase in popularity.
One flow chart explains sources of energy.
Energy savings foiled by improper thermostat use.
Pocket neighborhoods seen as response to sprawl.
Building the sustainable urban community.
Why sustainability is winning over CEOs.
Unrecycled CFLs leaking […]

By |April 9th, 2011|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments
  • Green Improvements Graphic - American Express

Green Projects to Save Money [Survey]

American Express sampled 2,045 people (18+ years old) and learned that 64% of them will invest in renovation projects this year, according to a survey taken in the first week of March.  These homeowners are only planning on spending about $3,400 — down from $6,200 last year — but 32% of folks with home improvement plans will look into green home improvements.

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By |April 7th, 2011|Categories: News, Renovation|1 Comment
  • Shackleton Home

Shotgun Style Home is a Power Producer

This ultra-efficient home is repaying owner Scott Shackleton with money from putting excess electricity into the grid.  Located on a narrow lot in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, the shotgun-style home generates nearly two-times the electricity it uses with a 4.7 kW solar array on the roof.  That plus about 85% of domestic water is pre-heated with solar thermal, resulting in more energy savings.

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By |April 6th, 2011|Categories: Single Family|Tags: , |4 Comments
  • Hybrid Halogen CFL Bulb GE

Hybrid Light Bulb Arrives on Earth Day

Some folks just don’t want to give up incandescent light bulbs, so GE developed a “customer-inspired” bulb to ease the transition.  The GE Energy Smart hybrid halogen/CFL bulb is being shipped nationally with soft white and Reveal options.  The new bulb — a blend of three light bulb technologies — has the shape of an incandescent, the efficiency of a CFL, and the immediacy of a halogen.

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By |April 5th, 2011|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Technology|Tags: , |9 Comments
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