Kliptech Innovates with EcoTop Counters

In an economic climate that has companies hunkering down rather than innovating, sustainability leader Kliptech has spent considerable effort making their EcoTop recycled-paper countertops even more environmentally-friendly and affordable. This extremely durable surface material already received plenty of LEED points for its high recycled content — and at $35sq/ft, EcoTop was a pretty good deal.

So why mess with a good thing?

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By |September 16th, 2011|Categories: Materials, Recycled, Surfaces|Tags: |4 Comments

LSG Intros Glimpse Retrofit LED Downlight

Florida-based Lighting Science Group (LSG) recently announced a new LED product called Glimpse.  The Title 24-compliant downlight is compatible with most 5″ and 6″ recessed cans and can be surface mounted to a J-box as a luminaire.  Glimpse is Energy Star qualified in all model types, according to a press release, and provides up to 20% more light than other products on the market with the 750 lumen package.

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By |September 15th, 2011|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Gadgets|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Just Right and Airtight [Building Science]

In an article that’s sure to raise the hackles of the Passive House crowd, Joseph Lstiburek, a principal of Building Science Corporation, says the Passivhaus airtightness requirement — 0.6 ach @ 50 Pa — “doesn’t seem to be based on anything that makes any sense.”  He suggests the following: “if you get below 3 ach @ 50 Pa the comfort problems go away, things become predictable, and you save energy. Add the controlled ventilation piece and the combustion safety piece and nobody dies and nobody gets sick and life is good.”  In other words, remove large holes in the building envelope, install a controlled ventilation system, and use sealed combustion or power vented appliances. 

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By |September 14th, 2011|Categories: Energy Efficiency, News|7 Comments

Tiny Prefab Utilized as a Flex Office

KitHAUS makes kit structures like this one with a bolt-together aluminum frame and SIPs floors, walls, and ceiling.  With 117 square feet, the kitHAUS K3 is being used on a Shea Homes project in San Diego as a leasing office, though it could easily be used elsewhere as an artist studio or home office.  A Halcyon model mini-split from Fujitsu cools the space, which costs about $40k with decks and accessories (but not the mini-split).

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By |September 14th, 2011|Categories: Prefab|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

HeronLED Shines a Light on E-Waste

Earlier this summer, LittleFootprint Lighting announced the availability of a high-performance task light for home or office called the HeronLED Personal Task Light.  The light is designed and made in the USA with recycled plastic from e-waste and uses a replaceable LED bulb as the light source.

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By |September 13th, 2011|Categories: Gadgets|Tags: , , |5 Comments

Hybrid Panels Increase Solar Efficiency

Photovoltaic panels and solar hot water panels both provide useful benefits for the buildings they are attached to, but sometimes there is limited space on the roof, and usually only one or the other is installed. Solimpeks, a solar panel manufacturer based in Turkey, has been producing solar panels for a long time, and has an elegant solution to the problem: a panel that produces both electricity and hot water. It turns out that the Solimpeks Volther dual-use panels increase efficiency more than you might expect.

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By |September 12th, 2011|Categories: Solar|Tags: , , , |5 Comments
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