• Week in Review

Solar Contagion, Market NZE, Green Leadership, + Avian Friendly Design

Take the lead on sustainability.
Buildings need avian-friendly designs.
Study: solar panels found to be contagious.
Booming solar industry results in delays.
Avoiding four home remodeling mistakes.
Going green with cost savings in mind.
Making net-zero energy a reality.

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By |April 17th, 2011|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments
  • The Cube Project with Solar

QB1 is an Energy-Positive Tiny House

The is the first prototype of the the Cube Project called QB1 and it was unveiled recently in St. Andrew’s Square in Edinburgh in Scotland. QB1 is a literal cube inside, three meters wide by three meters long by three meters high — roughly 97 square feet, and it’s spacious enough to house a lounge, table, two chairs, a double bed, a full-size shower, a kitchen, a washing machine, and a composting toilet.

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By |April 16th, 2011|Categories: Prefab|Tags: , , |7 Comments
  • Flo Light by Foster + Partners

FLO Modern LED Light from Lumina

With Lightfair and other design shows in the works, I expect to see a few new products like this Flo light, which was designed by Foster + Parters for Lumina, a lighting manufacturer in Italy.  Flo is an unobtrusive reading light with a dimmable 6W LED that outputs 475 lumens.  The aluminum frame and head is planted with a steel base, and the head rotates 300 degrees for precise task usage.  Flo joins a host of other LED task lamps on the market — I’ll post a price when it’s offered here in the United States.

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By |April 15th, 2011|Categories: Gadgets, Modern design|Tags: , |0 Comments
  • Shipping Container House - Mojave Desert

First Container House in Mojave Desert

This is the first permitted shipping container house in the Mojave Desert near Joshua Tree, California, according to a statement by the architect, Walter Scott Perry, principal of ecotechdesign.  The home, also known as The Tim Palen Studio at Shadow Mountain, was built with re-purposed shipping containers and some impressive green elements such as a steel shade system, a living roof, and a 10,000 gallon water storage tank.

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By |April 14th, 2011|Categories: Container Design, Green Roof, Single Family|Tags: , , |24 Comments
  • Ellis Residence on Bainbridge Island

Ellis Residence Has a Lush Green Roof

Seattle has its fair share of LEED Platinum homes, but this is the first LEED Platinum single-family home in the state of Washington outside of Seattle.  The Bainbridge Island home, blending style and sustainability, was designed by Coates Design Architects for owners Ed and JoAnne Ellis, who wanted an exemplary, modern, green home.

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  • Fireclay Recycled Content Tiles - New

Vibrant Recycled Tiles from California

San Jose-based Fireclay Tile, manufacturer of a recycled-content line of ceramic tiles called Express, has another line called the Debris Series.  This line includes several patterns with up to 112 colors, and the company just released six new field pattern tiles (shown above) that can be made to order in under four weeks.

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By |April 12th, 2011|Categories: Materials, Recycled|Tags: , , |2 Comments
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