Waste Not with a Combo Sink Toilet

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You’ve probably already seen this toilet and sink combination before.  It’s the W+W – short for washbasin and watercloset – from Roca.  The product, currently available overseas, reuses waste water from the sink in the discharge of the cistern, which helps it reduce water usage by up to 25% compared to a standard 6/3 liter dual-flush toilet.

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Fly Ash Concerns, Greener Ways, Living Incentives, + 10 Million Solar Roofs

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First LEED Platinum Home in Indiana

A little over a month ago, this home received the first LEED Platinum certification for a home in the state of Indiana.  Located in Franklin, the 2,000 square-foot contemporary residence has three bedrooms and two bathrooms for a family of three and a dog.  Castalia Homes built the home, which has a number of green features.

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Ultra-Thin Super Insulation with Aerogel

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Despite the fact that we are now living in the 21st century, aerogel insulation seems like a material out of science-fiction. It is the lightest solid known, although by volume it is 99% air. It is breathable, but it doesn't absorb water. It is incredibly strong for its weight. But most importantly, it is a fantastic insulator.

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Preview of the HGTV Green Home 2010

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As in the prior years, HGTV is planning the giveaway of a new green home.  The HGTV Green Home 2010 is located in The Pinehills neighborhood of Plymouth, Massachusetts.  The home is still under construction, so HGTV is in the process of trickling out new details from time to time.  Here’s a little of what we know so far:

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Eco Cabin for Camp Emerald Bay Scouts

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Richard Hammond and Gensler's Santa Monica office contributed to a unique container project for a Boy Scouts' campground in Emerald Bay (on Catalina Island off the coast of southern California).  According to Metropolis, the low-impact cabin was made with old shipping containers, reclaimed lumber, durable rubber flooring, LED lighting, and solar photovoltaics.  The roof — which is, perhaps, more eye-catching than the transformed containers — was made with a stretched silicone-coated fiberglass material. 

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