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

Panasonic Intros New Dual Sensor Fans

The most important job for a ventilation fan, particularly in a well-sealed home, is to exhaust the excess moisture from the air. Moisture needs to be kept from building up indoors to keep the interior environment comfortable. To help with this, Panasonic is introducing a new series of WhisperSense fans with dual sensors which will be available starting in June 2011.

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By |June 1st, 2011|Categories: Gadgets, IAQ|6 Comments

LEED Platinum Condos at Primera Terra

KB Home recently unveiled one of the largest communities of LEED Platinum homes in Playa Vista, California.  Called Primera Terra, the community has 52 luxury condos certified to green building standards and each home will have an Energy Performance Guide sticker.  These homes are about 40% more efficient than Title 24 standards and could cost as low as $57 per month on heating and cooling.

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By |June 1st, 2011|Categories: Condo|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

May Green Month in Review

This month, we had the opportunity to participate in Treehugger’s Great Prefab Debate and saw some interesting products at the NAHB Green Building conference in Salt Lake City.  The most popular article on Facebook was about this modern chicken coop by MAKE Design Studio, while the most shared article on Twitter was about using trees to improve home cooling.  Below you’ll find a topical gathering of coverage from May.

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By |May 31st, 2011|Categories: Month in Review|0 Comments

Grow Food in a Vertical Home Minigarden

As someone trying to raise more plants indoors, I really like the Minigarden product, which combines a neat vertical wall design with food growth.  The white garden comes in a basic setup with three layers (nine pockets) with one water collection tray, three lids and trays, three planting rows, and 18 assembly clips.  When assembled, the Minigarden, which is made with a strong copolymer polypropylene plastic, is 25″ l x 5 3/4″ d x 23″ h.  The three-layer version sells for about $59.95.

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By |May 30th, 2011|Categories: Nature, Vegetation|Tags: , |4 Comments

Deconstructed Home, Deep Energy, Sustainable Wood, + the Greenest Home

Low-income, high efficiency.
Are we using wood sustainably?
Drop in mounting slashes solar install costs.
Deconstruction: can an entire home be recycled?
Fearing the phase out of incandescent bulbs.
The nation’s greenest home is a mystery.
The price of being certifiably […]

By |May 28th, 2011|Categories: Week in Review|1 Comment
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