The Solar Decathlon Winner – #SD2011

After all the scores have been gathered and added, the Department of Energy today announced that the overall winner of Solar Decathlon 2011 is Maryland for WaterShed.  Team Purdue finished in second place with INhome, and Team New Zealand finished in third place with First Light.

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By |October 1st, 2011|Categories: Events, Solar|Tags: |8 Comments

Market Appeal Contest Winner – #SD2011

Before announcing the winner of the Solar Decathlon, the Department of Energy announced the results of the last juried contest for Market Appeal.  Middlebury College landed first place for Self-Reliance, while Maryland followed in second place with WaterShed and New Zealand in third place with First Light.

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By |October 1st, 2011|Categories: Events, Solar|Tags: |1 Comment

Creatherm: A Simple, Flexible Radiant Slab

Radiant flooring is a popular method for heating a space. Typicaly, installing a radiant slab on grade has required the time- and labor-intensive process of laying down wire mesh and then tying the tubing to the grid of the mesh to provide an even layout. But using the Creatherm radiant floor panel makes it faster and easier to install radiant tubing, as well as providing an insulation layer beneath the floor.
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By |September 30th, 2011|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Technology|Tags: |6 Comments

The Architecture Contest Winner – #SD2011

The results are in for another contest at Solar Decathlon 2011 and the winner of the architecture phase is the University of Maryland with WaterShed.  Team New Zealand (Victoria University of Wellington) took second place with First Light, and Appalachian State University took third place with the Solar Homestead.

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By |September 29th, 2011|Categories: Events, Solar|Tags: |0 Comments

Sett is a Tiny, Green, Modular Studio

Austin-based Sett Studio makes unique and inventive prefab studios ranging in size from about 97 to 192 square feet.  The company pairs modern design with energy-efficient construction to create what can be used as a home office, art studio, yoga space, kids room, game room, or guest room.  Plus, a Sett Studio can be had for about $20,000 – $30,000, depending on the model.

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By |September 28th, 2011|Categories: Prefab|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

Plastic Trash Made in to 3form LineUp

3form makes a resin panel called 100 Percent with 100% post-consumer, recycled, high-density polyethylene. Each panel includes more than 1,000 old milk bottles and can help a project team earn a couple LEED credits.  Well, this year — in time for ICFF, NeoCon, and other design shows — 3form unveiled LineUp, a new 100 Percent collection available in two pattern directions and four colors (beach, husk, stream, and turf).  The collection is suitable for countertops and tabletops, and the panels are 4″ x 8″.

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By |September 28th, 2011|Categories: Recycled, Surfaces|Tags: , |1 Comment
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