• Penguin Faucets

Penguin Style Nature Friendly Faucet

This is a clever Penguin faucet offered by Sustainable Solutions (SSi). It was designed to conserve water with a flow rate of 1.5 GPM.  At the same time, the faucet sends a message about environmental living. With an undeniable resemblance to the shape of a penguin, I can see a situation where you’re brushing your teeth and the faucet causes you to think about the tiny tuxedo birds, and then ice caps, and then other environmental issues. Maybe design in this case does a lot more than save water because it motivates you to save other natural resources, too.

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By |January 14th, 2011|Categories: Fixtures, Water Efficiency|Tags: |0 Comments
  • 1610 N Honore St

Platinum Gut Rehab Hits the Market

Recently I had the opportunity to speak with Thomas McGrath, owner of this gut-rehab in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.  Before talking, I figured the home was like many others seeking LEED Platinum certification.  It has energy-efficient appliances, modern finishes, and on-site green power.  But there’s really a lot more to it.  This is a fascinating case study of salvage and reuse.

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By |January 13th, 2011|Categories: LEED, Renovation, Single Family|Tags: , , |7 Comments
  • EcoHome Trends Article 2011

Interview with EcoHome Magazine

EcoHome, a magazine for green products and technology, just published an article describing six trends that will shape green homes this year.  I talked with Jennifer Goodman, and she was kind enough to mention Jetson […]

By |January 12th, 2011|Categories: Media|0 Comments
  • Vu1 R30 ESL Light

New ESLs Target CFL and LED Market

Keep an eye out for the next acronym in energy-efficient lighting: ESL, or Electron Stimulated Luminescence.  ESLs use “accelerated electrons to stimulate phosphor to create light, making the surface of the bulb ‘glow,’” according to Vu1 Corporation, a maker of ESLs.  The technology is being touted for producing light that’s similar to an incandescent bulb but about 70% more energy-efficient.

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By |January 12th, 2011|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Gadgets|Tags: , , |5 Comments
  • brio54 H4

BRIO54 Finishes Efficient Home Prototype

About a year ago we mentioned the construction of the H4 prototype home by BRIO54.  The development firm describes the modern residence as a work of art — bright, spacious, natural, and functional — that you get the opportunity to live in.  Indeed, it’s a fascinating home with a bold exterior of black and white stripes, state-of-the-art green finishes, and a minimalist yet cozy form of interior design.

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By |January 12th, 2011|Categories: Modern architecture, Single Family|1 Comment
  • Wood Botanist Bench

Botanist Unveils New All Wood Bench

This is the new Natural Series bench from the popular eco-friendly furniture line called Botantist.  Designed by Dario Antonioni, the all-wood bench – similar in appearance to the skinny aluminum version – is available in natural walnut or rift oak finishes composed of layered wood and real wood veneer.  Antonioni says the wood is sustainably harvested and the bench is made to order in the USA.  Measuring 60″x18″x18″ and weighing 55 pounds, Botanist Natural Series retails for $799.

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By |January 11th, 2011|Categories: Furniture, Modern design|Tags: |0 Comments
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