• PieceHomes Showhouse Dwell on Design 2011

Fresh Prefab Readied for Dwell on Design

Update 7/1/2011: Dwell Show Prefab to be Sold on eBay.

Looks like progress is being made on the new showhouse planned for Dwell on Design 2011. The 550-square foot prefab has a lively modern design and will be completed by an all-star project team – OneBuild (a new modular startup), pieceHomes (led by architect Jonathan Davis), and ecofabulous (led by designer Zem Joaquin). The showhouse will be auctioned through eBay with proceeds to benefit Global Green USA.

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By |May 2nd, 2011|Categories: Prefab|Tags: , , , |2 Comments
  • Month in Review - April

April Green Month in Review

This month we won a JDR 2011 Industry Blogger Award and plan to use the award to facilitate some site enhancements in the works for unveiling this summer.  The most popular article on Facebook was about a stunning container house in the Mojave Desert, while the most shared article on Twitter was about a survey on green home improvement plans.  Below you’ll find a topical gathering of coverage from April.

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By |April 30th, 2011|Categories: Month in Review|0 Comments
  • Week in Review

Upgrade Loan Caveats, Blooming Walls, Container Permits, + a Multifamily Thermos

Living in a thermos apartment.
Buildings take bloom with living walls, roofs.
Cheap home-energy loans come with some caveats.
New programs to finance home efficiency upgrades.
LED Lighting: market change or mere green badge?
Green certification is only as good […]

By |April 30th, 2011|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments
  • SLI Model Exterior

SLI Prefab System for Modern Mid Rises

This is a prototype apartment unit built using what is likely the only fabrication system on the market that can be scaled to construct mid-rise buildings.  The system is called Sustainable Living Innovations, or SLI, and it was developed during the downturn of the last few years under the leadership of CollinsWoerman and three other firms, McKinstry, Lydig Construction, and DCI Engineers.

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By |April 29th, 2011|Categories: Prefab, video|Tags: , , |2 Comments
  • GE New Cyclopentane Fridge

GE Unveils New Cyclopentane Fridges

GE just announced a big improvement in what it uses to make 16-, 17-, and 18-cubic-foot top-freezer refrigerators in Decatur, Alabama.  After retrofitting its existing plant (to keep jobs in the states), GE swapped out HFC-134a as a foam-blowing agent in favor of using cyclopentane, a blowing agent with significantly less global warming potential.

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By |April 29th, 2011|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Gadgets|Tags: |1 Comment
  • Franke James - Lungs of Planet FSC

The Steward of Our Forests [Video]

Every FSC product and building material has a tracking number that points to the source of the wood or paper.  It shows, as explained in this personal story by Franke James, “Who Cares About the Forest.”  If you’re in charge of purchasing wood products, you should watch this informative and thoughtful video (while keeping in mind that it was underwritten by FSC Canada).

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By |April 28th, 2011|Categories: Materials, video|Tags: |5 Comments
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