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Recap: 10th Annual Greenbuild in Toronto

Greenbuild 2011 marked the first international Greenbuild Conference and Expo, driving the importance of a global solution to sustainability.  It was also, quietly, the 10th annual Greenbuild, where was that celebration?  While the mood was upbeat, we were also alongside over 23,000 leaders of the green building industry, or as Thomas Freidman put it in his opening plenary (31:00 in), the dumb ones who keep on fighting for a green revolution!

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By |October 10th, 2011|Categories: Editorial, Events|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Smart EcoVéa Enables Guilt-Free Showers

One of the most innovative products found on the Greenbuild Expo floor was the Reveeco EcoVéa recycling shower. This might be a hard sell for some but the concept is brilliant, allowing you to enjoy long showers without guilt. Possibly the world’s most intelligent shower, EcoVéa recycles water within your shower to push the limits of water conservation. For a ten minute shower, the EcoVéa can save up to 66% above your fixture efficiency savings.

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By |October 9th, 2011|Categories: Fixtures, Water Efficiency|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

Tiny American Dream, Homestyle Robot, Booming Small Wind, + Google Solar Panels

Home efficiency utility bills.
Google: rent your solar panels from us.
Affordable: doing good while looking good.
Report: small wind heading into boom period.
The American Dream in 96 square feet.
Not a science project, but a home.
A robot in […]

By |October 8th, 2011|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments

USGBC Recognizes Top Green Projects

At Greenbuild, the USGBC presented the 2011 LEED for Homes Awards, recognizing projects, developers, and home builders who have demonstrated leadership in the residential building marketplace.  An independent panel of judges decided on a diverse selection of these single-family, multifamily, affordable, and development projects:

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By |October 8th, 2011|Categories: LEED, Projects|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

Interview: LiFe Powered by the Sun

Carolyn and Kyle Cave, both university professors in Hadley, Massachusetts, built this super-insulated home to minimize energy consumption.  Then they dropped a 20kW solar PV array on the roof and now use energy from the sun to generate a surplus that also powers this tiny little Wheego LiFe electric vehicle.  I was able to ask Carolyn Cave a few questions about their solar-powered situation, and this is a portion of that response:

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By |October 7th, 2011|Categories: Conservation, Solar|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

CertainTeed Intros New Apollo Solar Roof

During Greenbuild in Toronto, CertainTeed Corporation introduced a new solar photovoltaic system called the Apollo Solar Roofing System.  Apollo skips the rack and mount for a seamless profile that integrates with standard roof shingles.  Each 12-pound module has 14 high-efficiency, polycrystalline silicon solar cells that soak up the sun and convert it to energy to power the underlying home.

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By |October 7th, 2011|Categories: News, Solar|Tags: , , , |2 Comments
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