Austonian Earns 4-Star Green Rating

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There’s a lot of green building in Austin, but it’s not all single family.  This luxury residential high-rise, The Austonian, recently received a Four Star rating (which is about the same as LEED Gold) from Austin Energy Green Building.  The building sits on less than three quarters of an acre and was built with enough room for 166 luxury family homes.

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Audits, Loans, and a Home Energy Score

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Today Joe Biden and the Obama Administration unveiled a new program with low-cost energy audits, federally-insured PowerSaver loans, and a new Home Energy Score, according to Wendy Koch of the USA Today.  Details of the program are available now at HomeEnergyScore.gov, which includes an interactive graphic explaining the new score based on a 1 to 10 scale.

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Boosting Ecological Savings with a Box

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Sally Kuchar, editor of Curbed SF, noticed these Boost Boxes at the Green Festival in San Francisco the other weekend.  The company that makes them, Boost Home, put a lot of work into making dead-simple, unintimidating boxes to help people increase their energy, water, and money savings.  Boxes include products, instructions, audit information, and other goodies.  Check out a few:

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Off-Grid Container Cabins from $15k

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Recent Daniel Sokol sent me an email to share what he’s doing with steel shipping containers for a New Hampshire-based company called LEED Cabins.  He can convert a 20-foot unit into a small, comfortable home in as little as 25 days from $15,000.  Or he can build a bigger home with adjoining containers from about $40,000.

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Solar LED Products for Home Projects

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Texas-based Solar Lights Factory just opened an online store with various solar LED products — pavers, cylinders, and icebergs — intending to make them available to regular consumers at an approachable price.  The paver costs $40 each; the cylinder costs $50 each; and the iceberg starts at $15 each.  Each product is self-contained and, with some creativity, can be used for landscapes, gardens, decks, pathways, driveways, and patios, etc.

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