Air Duct Cleaning Scams [Dateline NBC]

Chris Hansen and Dateline NBC just aired a hidden-camera report on fraud in the world of air duct cleaning.  The fraudsters who perpetrate these scams dupe owners — some of them vulnerable or aged — out of clean ducts and into a bill that’s ten-fold higher than advertised.

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By |January 30th, 2011|Categories: Air Quality, video|Tags: |8 Comments

Homeless Decathlon, Passive Costs, Walkable Score, + Appraising Green

Solar Decathlon now homeless.
Walk Score previews more walkable score.
100% of worldwide energy could be clean by 2030.
Appraisers going green in valuing solar, green elements.
Million-dollar green home repossessed by lender.
Homes that are both affordable and green.
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By |January 29th, 2011|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments

Bright New TrueWhite LED by Cree

Cree, Inc., manufacturer of the popular LR6 LED downlight, just announced a new light bulb.  The company unveiled “the brightest, most-efficient, LED-based A-lamp that can meet Energy Star performance requirements for a 60-watt standard LED replacement bulb.”  Cree attributes the bulb’s performance to TrueWhite technology and a patented remote-phosphor technology.

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By |January 28th, 2011|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Gadgets|Tags: , , |3 Comments

Low-Impact One Tonne Living in Sweden

The average American will produce something like 20 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year; however, in Sweden the average amount is something like six-eight tons (or tonnes) per year.  So when several companies join forces to put a four-person Swedish family on one-ton-per-year lifestyle, perhaps there might be something for us to learn from the experiment.  That experiment is the One Tonne Life project.

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By |January 27th, 2011|Categories: Modern architecture, Single Family|Tags: , |9 Comments

Unique Green Birth Chart Art by StarArc

I don’t know much about astrology, but I can still see having one of these pieces with a unique astrological aspect pattern.  They’re beautiful, modern, and available in two designs, eight sizes, and 27 colors.  StarArc takes your birthday, birth time, and birth location to create a personal pattern, which is then printed using environmentally friendly canvas (“Urth” by Breathing Color) and inks.  Pieces range in size from 10″ – 48″ square and price from $280-$830 (although there is currently a 40% off sale).

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By |January 27th, 2011|Categories: Modern design|Tags: |0 Comments

Ultra-Efficient SmartHome for Cleveland

Folks in Cleveland aren’t going to watch the economy leave with Mr. James.  They’re working on a future-forward demonstration built to what’s heralded as the world’s most rigorous energy standard for homes.  The Passive House, referred to as SmartHome Cleveland, was designed by Chuck Miller of Doty & Miller Architects and will be built on the grounds of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

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By |January 26th, 2011|Categories: Passive House|Tags: , , |11 Comments
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