Building an Austin Tiny House [Video]

Austin-based documentary filmmaker and instructional designer Jim Bruno was kind enough to tell me about his new short film entitled “Louis Burns & Austin Tiny House.”  The subject is Louis Burns and his reflections building a tiny house.  Burns built the minimalist, Spartan space in a plug-and-play style — all it needs is a heavy-duty extension cord and garden hose.

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By |January 20th, 2011|Categories: Affordable, video|Tags: , , |4 Comments

Home Lighting: Keep An Eye on LEDs

I’m going to be honest, I hate my CFLs.  After blowing all sorts of cash on these things, I’ve yet to find one that performs the way I’d like it to.  Plus, since lighting accounts for some 11% of residential energy use on average, it’s an area that deserves attention.  In doing so, I’ve been playing with various options and think LEDs may just be the ticket.

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By |January 20th, 2011|Categories: Editorial, Energy Efficiency|Tags: , , |13 Comments

Building Integrated Wind in Chicago

A mixed-use project in Chicago has been getting a lot of attention for its green elements.  Most noticeable, perhaps, is the beveled corner that holds 12 vertical-axis wind turbines (VAWT) by Helix Wind.  The turbines are stacked in two columns on the building’s southwest corner and were included in the HOK designed-facade to cover all exterior lighting costs.

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By |January 20th, 2011|Categories: Wind|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

Off-Grid itHouse Going Up in California

This 800-square foot Clearlake itHouse is under construction in California right now.  Similar to another itHouse that we mentioned previously, the home will be off-grid and solar-powered.  It will also be the first, elevated, above-ground itHouse, leaving the site relatively untouched by the structure.

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By |January 19th, 2011|Categories: Prefab|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Small, Green, Affordable: 1519 Cleveland

With design costs, build costs, land acquisition, and everything else, homes are expensive.  Add a layer to that, that homes be sustainable, or somewhat “green,” and they get more expensive.  Yet folks want these homes to be cut-rate affordable.  It’s tough to do and a new modern home in Columbia, South Carolina, perhaps gives us an idea of what an affordable, light green home could look like.

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By |January 19th, 2011|Categories: Modern architecture, Single Family|7 Comments

ECO Modern Flats Chases LEED Gold

ECO Modern Flats is undergoing a transformation right now in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  The multifamily project was built 40 years ago, but that’s not stopping developers from renovating the place to anticipated LEED Gold level certification.  And they’re doing it with a modern, yet attainable, approach, too.

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By |January 18th, 2011|Categories: LEED, Multifamily, Renovation|5 Comments
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