• MoistureShield Decking Mahogany

Decking with 95% Recycled Content

It may only be mid-February, but I imagine some of you are already planning Spring projects.  If any of those involve decking perhaps Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies has a recycled content material worth using: MoistureShield.  The company just announced that certain lines of MoistureShield contain 95% total recycled content, as verified by ICC-ES.


By |February 15th, 2011|Categories: Materials, Recycled|1 Comment
  • Faberhaus Pavillon rendering

Self-Sufficient Tiny Home in Montreal

Update: Tiny Green Faberhaus Opens in Quebec

Faberhaus Pavillon, a 376-square foot eco cottage, was on display this past weekend at the Cottage & Country Home Show in Montreal.  The Pavillon was designed and built by Faberca as a compact, self-sufficient space for folks interested in country living — those who want to “live in the great outdoors.”  Owners wouldn’t need an electrical connection with this retreat home because it’s powered by solar panels and propane.


By |February 14th, 2011|Categories: Prefab|Tags: , , |2 Comments
  • Mini House

Loft Style Mini House in Tiny Town

This 566-square foot modern home sits on an infill lot in Toronto and has been getting a lot of attention in the last few months.  That’s partially in response to the design and maybe some general interest in small homes — this one is roomy for an urban condo but small for a single-family house.  The owner, Patrick Flynn, wanted something modern, low-maintenance, and minimalist and this place is all of those things.


By |February 13th, 2011|Categories: Modern design, Single Family|Tags: , |8 Comments
  • Week in Review

Eco Excess, Solar Attitudes, Efficiency Ventures, + Declining Standards

Be wary of roof-mounted small wind.
10 materials that could help save the earth.
Nearly 80% of consumers view solar favorably.
Duany predicts decline of green building standards.
Square footage still trumps eco-friendliness.
Insulation does not stop air infiltration.
Energy efficiency […]

By |February 12th, 2011|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments
  • Cusabo Island Project

Off-Grid Prefab Home on Cusabo Island

This sturdy steel cabin is off-grid, off-pipe, and self-sufficient, making it an interesting case study of sustainability and coastal design.  The home was completed just over a year ago on Cusabo Island in South Carolina — an impressive feat given the remote site accessible only by boat.  The owner was able to take advantage of prefab construction and had the parts flown in by helicopter (see below).


By |February 10th, 2011|Categories: Prefab|Tags: , , |6 Comments
  • Light in the Corner

How to Give Up Incandescent Light Bulbs

Some folks are stockpiling light bulbs in anticipation of the future phase-out of standard incandescents, according to USA Today.  It seems hoarders are doing it for one or two reasons: cost and/or lighting concerns.  But these shouldn’t be concerns.  With a little bit of math (initial cost + operating cost) and an understanding of basic lighting terms (lumen, watt, color accuracy, color temperature), I think the switch is a no-brainer.  So here’s a five-step program for the hoarder:


By |February 10th, 2011|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Gadgets|Tags: , , |29 Comments

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