Net Zero Energy Re-Skinning with Style

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Recently, Zerofootprint held a global competition to reward market-disruptive improvements in the design and development of retrofitting and re-skinning technologies.  To be eligible for the ZEROprize, projects had to be built with reinforced concrete construction between 1945 and 1990.  Also, energy required to power all amenities, cooling, heating, and lighting must be on used on a net zero energy basis.  After the jury deliberation, 355 Eleventh in San Francisco was able to take top honors. 

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Green Pieces Used for Home Remodels

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PieceHomes, a prefab company started by LA architect Jonathan Davis, is using the current economic times to its advantage these days.  The company designed a set of extraPieces, which homeowners can use to expand or remodel their existing home.  It’s a great idea for those who want to do more with what they already have.

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Top 25 Cities with Most Energy Star Buildings in 2009

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Today the EPA released its second annual ranking of U.S. metropolitan areas with the largest number of buildings receiving the Energy Star label in 2009.  California cities took two of the top three slots, but that's no surprise as these cities are at the forefront of green building. 

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Flexible 100% Recycled Composite ECOR

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Whether you’re looking for an innovative material for wall paneling, interior signage, or some furniture piece, ECOR may just be the right choice.  ECOR is made through a proprietary process with old newspapers, old cardboard, and various agricultural fibers, including processed bovine fibers, commercial fiber crops, and other residue fibers.  You can see how this is done in the video below. 

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Who’s Next in Green Home Design?

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Recently FreeGreen launched a contest for designers to create an affordable, contemporary, green home.  Seeking to redesign single-family living in less than 1,800 square feet, designers could opt to design a starter or empty nest home, or both.  After receiving +400 entries, the field has been chopped to 12 finalists with public voting now open through April 5, 2010.  The winner will receive $5,000 and other opportunities with FreeGreen.  Check out the top 12 (click the text link above the photo for more info), and tell us your favorite in the comments

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Luxury LEED Platinum on Preston Way

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If you’re in the market for a green, solar-powered home in California, you might just check out this contemporary abode in Venice.  The 3,115 square-foot home has four bedrooms, almost five bathrooms, and a private courtyard accessible through expansive folding doors.  Located at 1301 Preston Way, the new and contemporary home appears to have received LEED Platinum certification,* which includes some of the following green elements:

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