C3: First Modular Green Home in Chicago

I recently noticed this time-lapse video of C3, the first, green, modular home in Chicago, so I decided it was time to update our coverage of the project.  The five-module home was designed by Square Root Architecture + Design, and general contractor Helios Design + Build ensured a smooth assembly in one day on November 9, 2010.  After some site work, the owners are now finishing the landscaping for final images.  But we have some early photos of the completed home.

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By |June 6th, 2011|Categories: LEED, Prefab|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Net-Zero Reality, Certified Lumber, Efficient Technology, + Bulb Phase Out

Bulb in, bulb out.
Making net-zero energy a reality.
Americans crave energy-efficient technologies.
Builders plans development with net-zero homes.
Wealthy green donors now soul searching.
FSC/SFI: how green is your lumber?
Colbert: on coal destruction.

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By |June 4th, 2011|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments

Tigressá SoftStyle Area Rug [Giveaway]

*Leave one comment per person through the end of Wednesday, June 8, 2011, to be considered for a random giveaway of one Tigressá area rug from Shaw Floors.

Last year Shaw Floors sent us a sample kit of their new Tigressá SoftStyle carpet, which is made with recyclable Nylon 6 and designed for durable, long-life performance.  In celebration of the one year anniversary of the launch, Shaw sent us an 8′ x 10′ area rug called A Touch Too Much, the number one selling style in Tigressá, and gave us an extra to give away today.

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By |June 4th, 2011|Categories: Giveaways, Materials|Tags: , , |52 Comments

Off-Grid NZE Mountain Cabin in Colorado

There’s some interesting history to this net-zero energy home in Lenado, Colorado.  Apparently, a “cranky,” gun-totting squatter named Jack Hogue, or “Lumber Jack,” built a cabin and bathhouse near the top of Woody Creek and took title by adverse possession in the 1990s, after 17 years.  Branden Cohen and Deva Shantay of True Nature Healing Arts bought the place from Lumber Jack and improved it, but at 8,650 feet in elevation, it turns out they needed, among other things, a bathroom *in* the home, not out.

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By |June 3rd, 2011|Categories: LEED, Single Family|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

Scenic Eco Prefab Complete in Utah

Today Stillwater Dwellings announced the completion of another green prefab, which is located in Southern Utah near Capitol Reef National Park.  It’s a beautiful home that’s constructed to the same building codes as a typical home, but it’s not typical.  In fact, this is an impressive case study of some of the benefits of off-site construction — construction in a controlled environment, preservation of the site by avoiding on-site construction, and use of prefabrication to overcome labor, costs, and site challenges.

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By |June 2nd, 2011|Categories: Prefab, Single Family|Tags: , , |2 Comments

New Corrugated FSC Plywood by Corelam

New possibilities with plywood are possible with Corelam, a Canadian manufactured “multi-use corrugated veneer plywood panel product” which we noticed recently at the industrial design site Core77 (no relation to Corelam despite the similar name). The distinctive corrugated wood panels are made with FSC wood and adhesives that do not off-gas formaldehyde or other volatile organic compounds.

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By |June 2nd, 2011|Categories: Materials, Modern design|Tags: , , |1 Comment
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