New Prices for Green Blue Sky Homes

Blue Sky Homes, maker of modern, green, steel homes, recently announced a new infusion of funding and, with that, a new website, new pricing, and new projects slated for construction this fall.

The California company first built a modern home in Yucca Valley, which by the way is open for reserved tours on October 23, and now has a pipeline of subsequent homes in various stages of construction.

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Ecotrax Recycled Content Floor Tiles


Swisstrax, a company out of California, makes an interlocking recycled content floor tile called Ecotrax.  Made with PolyDyne Engineered Rubber Powder, or recycled rubber tires, Ecotrax — according to the company — is durable, strong, and 100% recycled.  Also, to close the loop, Swisstrax takes its products back to be recycled into future products.  It's available in gray colors, various patterns, and two sizes, 13” x 13” x ½” and 15.75” x 15.75” x ¾”. 

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New Free Primer on Design for Reuse


Public Architecture, the firm behind Scrap House, just published a free primer on the topic of material reuse.  The Design for Reuse Primer, funded by the USGBC, includes 15 case studies of all sorts of projects — civic, education, residential, office, retail, interpretive, religious — calculated to show that "material reuse represents one of most creative, exciting, and effective approaches to building green."

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How to Insulate an Uninsulated House

The folks at GreenovationTV and Old House Web are working on a net-zero energy renovation of a 100-year-old home.  Through the process, they’re posting helpful videos, including this one on insulating uninsulated spaces.  This kind of information is on the money for anyone living in an existing home, especially if you’re like me and you own an old house from 1958!

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Tiny Green Work Pod from Sustainsia


This curvy work pod was designed by Thomas Biggs and features interior furniture elements — lift-open cabinets and a Murphy bench — from Tony Carr.  Biggs and Carr offer these eco-friendly pods for sale through Sustainsia, Inc., with the hope of providing an at-home work environment that's nothing like the typical cubicle.  Green elements include rooftop solar, R30 insulation, and eco-friendly materials, while pricing could be anywhere from $10,000, according to East Bay Express.

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Three New Green Design Magazines


You don't have to read Nieman Journalism Lab to know the publishing world is in shambles.  Particularly in the shelter magazine category, where available titles shrink from one month to the next, there hasn't been much going on.  But in the past few months, I've noticed some new activity — perhaps this is an inflection point.  In any event, if you're looking for fresh green design inspiration, here are three new titles to keep in mind. 

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