Green Materials to Grow to $70B by 2015

U.S. demand for green building materials — products that contribute to LEED certification — is expected to reach $70 billion by 2015, according to an updated study by The Freedonia Group.  The market is currently at $39 billion, representing a staggering increase of 13% per year during the next five years.  This increase will come from green materials taking market share from non-green materials, but the main driver for demand is a rebound from the construction doldrums of recent years.

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By |May 3rd, 2011|Categories: Materials, News|1 Comment
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House Ocho with a Lively Green Roof

This is House Ocho, a project in Carmel, California, designed by Feldman Architecture. The home is beautiful and modern with striking clean lines, though perhaps its most prominent detail is a lively green roof that hides the structure in the hillside of a nature preserve in the Santa Lucia Mountains.

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By |May 3rd, 2011|Categories: Green Roof, Single Family|Tags: , |11 Comments

dRain Joint for Easy Storm Water Drainage

I walked the exhibitor floor at the National Green Building Conference & Expo in Salt Lake City and found a few interesting products like this dRain Joint by Arvis Eco.  This is a rainwater management product — specifically, an inserted drainage channel — for pour-in-place surfaces in driveways and parking lots.

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By |May 3rd, 2011|Categories: Conservation, Products|Tags: |3 Comments

Fresh Prefab Readied for Dwell on Design

Update 7/1/2011: Dwell Show Prefab to be Sold on eBay.

Looks like progress is being made on the new showhouse planned for Dwell on Design 2011. The 550-square foot prefab has a lively modern design and will be completed by an all-star project team – OneBuild (a new modular startup), pieceHomes (led by architect Jonathan Davis), and ecofabulous (led by designer Zem Joaquin). The showhouse will be auctioned through eBay with proceeds to benefit Global Green USA.

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By |May 2nd, 2011|Categories: Prefab|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

April Green Month in Review

This month we won a JDR 2011 Industry Blogger Award and plan to use the award to facilitate some site enhancements in the works for unveiling this summer.  The most popular article on Facebook was about a stunning container house in the Mojave Desert, while the most shared article on Twitter was about a survey on green home improvement plans.  Below you’ll find a topical gathering of coverage from April.

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By |April 30th, 2011|Categories: Month in Review|0 Comments

Upgrade Loan Caveats, Blooming Walls, Container Permits, + a Multifamily Thermos

Living in a thermos apartment.
Buildings take bloom with living walls, roofs.
Cheap home-energy loans come with some caveats.
New programs to finance home efficiency upgrades.
LED Lighting: market change or mere green badge?
Green certification is only as good […]

By |April 30th, 2011|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments
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