Changing Behavior, Bethesda Passive, McMansion 2.0, + Home Wind Turbines

Are McMansions coming back?
Bethesda gets area’s first Passive House.
Home wind turbine sales are growing strong.
Changing our behavior regarding electricity usage.
On site energy, suburbans can trump TOD.
Cultural shift if boomers stay in suburbia.
The green revolution is […]

By |July 2nd, 2011|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments

Dwell Show Prefab to be Sold on eBay

This is the Modern Living Showhouse on display at Dwell on Design 2011.  The green prefab was designed by Jonathan Davis of pieceHomes, built by OneBuild Inc., and styled by Zem Joaquin and ecofabulous.  With 520 square feet, the dwelling is spacious enough to include a kitchen, living room, bedroom, and bathroom.  See the interior photos below with a description of green materials and technologies included in the showcase.

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By |July 1st, 2011|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab|Tags: , , , |8 Comments

June Green Month in Review

This month, we started rolling out the new logo on Twitter and Facebook; expect to see the look applied to the site in the next couple weeks.  In terms of our new articles, the most shared one on Facebook was about the Sunset Idea House, while the most shared one on Twitter was about C3 Modular.  Below you’ll find an outline of June coverage.

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By |June 30th, 2011|Categories: Month in Review|2 Comments

Top 10 Green Building Products [2011]

Sustainable Industries recently announced its sixth-annual Top 10 Green Building Products as selected from more than 100 entries this year by an expert panel of judges.  The products have been chosen based on a view toward environmental performance, scalability/market impact, innovativeness, design aesthetic, value and compatibility with the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system.  Here are all ten:

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By |June 30th, 2011|Categories: List, Products|2 Comments

Cedar-Slat Tiny Sunset Cabin on the Lake

Sunset Cabin is a 275-square foot lake retreat that’s camouflaged with a green roof and cedar-slat facade.  Though completed in 2004, I thought it would be interesting to share some of the construction details perhaps for the benefit of others thinking about building something similar.  The cabin, located in Southern Ontario, Canada, was designed by Taylor Smyth Architects and built by Brothers Dressler with Yaan Poldaas.

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By |June 29th, 2011|Categories: Green Roof, Prefab|Tags: , |7 Comments

Designer Ceiling Lamp Powered By the Sun

Velux introduced the Lovegrove chandelier about a year ago, and, with a best of the best Red Dot 2010 award, the sunlight diffuser is getting more and more interest.  Designed by Ross Lovegrove, the lamp works in conjunction with Velux sun tunnels.  Lovegrove’s orb reflects natural sun light to the ceiling for room distribution and can be adjusted for intensity and angle.  The product is supposed to be available starting this month; find and contact a Velux distributor for pricing and availability.

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By |June 29th, 2011|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Technology|Tags: , |2 Comments
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