• Make Design Studio Chicken Coop Front

Modern Chicken Coop in Urban Seattle

Check out this lively, modern chicken coop by Nicole Starnes Taylor of MAKE Design Studio.  Taylor designed it for three chickens and their owners in urban Seattle.  With a screen floor and castors, the mobile hen house fertilizes the underlying ground.  Also, the coop has a hinged door for easy access and can be used as a chicken tractor if need be.  Taylor built the 15 square-foot coop with salvaged framing lumber.

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By |May 17th, 2011|Categories: Modern design|Tags: , |7 Comments
  • Sustainable.TO Passive House Winner

Five Passivhaus Concepts for New Orleans

DesignByMany recently held a contest seeking a low-cost, low-energy home for New Orleans. The brief requested designs in a shotgun typology and entrants were encouraged to strive to meet Passive House standards.  The winners have now been announced and sustainable.TO took top honors, according to Arch Daily.  Check out the top five homes, and click through for more detail on each home.

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By |May 16th, 2011|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Passive House|Tags: , |0 Comments
  • Week in Review

Ecological Vision, Passive Grassroots, Performance Building, + House and Home

The death of the McMansion.
Passivhaus is German for no-brainer.
Passive House grows beyond the grassroots.
Builder invests in high performance homes.
The difference between house and home.
Why the “light bulb ban” is a good idea.
Windows key to net-zero […]

By |May 14th, 2011|Categories: Week in Review|1 Comment
  • Synergy Passivhaus TE Studio

Synergy: A New Beacon of Passive House

Synergy is a design for an affordable, cold-climate Passive House by Tim Eian of TE Studio, the firm behind the first Passive House in Wisconsin.  Eian says Synergy is “a beacon for the 21st century renaissance of residential high-performance design.”  In other words, this is a home for everyone: it’s traditional, comfortable, light-filled, and attainable.

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By |May 13th, 2011|Categories: Passive House|Tags: , |1 Comment
  • Plumen 001 Hulger © Ian Nolan

Designer CFL Perfect for Naked Lighting

Plumen 001, a designer CFL by Hulger, is now being offered for sale in the U.S.  The 120-volt light bulb uses 11 watts, outputs 680 lumens, lasts about 8 years, has a color rendering index of more than 80, and has a color temperature of 2700 Kelvin.  It is not dimmable and requires careful cleanup if broken, but that’s how these lights can be.  Pre-orders ship on June 1, and each bulb sells for $29.95.

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By |May 12th, 2011|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Technology|Tags: , |5 Comments
  • Reynobond with EcoClean - Hydrophilic

Alcoa Unveils Smog Eating Aluminum Panel

We’ve seen roof tiles that eat smog, but Alcoa Architectural Products is introducing an architectural panel that the company claims can clean itself and the air around it.  Reynobond with EcoClean is what it’s called, and it’s a combination of Reynobond, which is a pre-painted, aluminum, coil-coated panel, and EcoClean, a proprietary coating with titanium oxide.

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By |May 12th, 2011|Categories: Air Quality, Materials|1 Comment
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