Celo Residence Connects with Nature

This is the Celo Residence, an award-winning guest house adjacent to an organic farm overlooking the South Toe River in Celo, North Carolina.  The home received an Honor Award from AIA Ashville and was featured in Fine Homebuilding and most recently in EcoHome Magazine with a Grand Award.  Celo Residence was Energy Star certified and received a 75 HERS with projected total energy costs of less than $30 a month.

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By |August 11th, 2011|Categories: Single Family|Tags: , |2 Comments

Solar-Powered EV to Drive Green for Life

EV owners benefit from an efficient engine and a domestic energy source; however, the energy source will likely be electricity derived from coal and natural gas and maybe a little bit from nuclear and renewable sources like hydro, solar, and wind.  To improve this, Ford and SunPower Corp. today announced a new initiative called “Drive Green for Life” to offer solar power to purchasers of Focus Electric and the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid vehicles.

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By |August 10th, 2011|Categories: Solar|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

XBO Mobile Habitat Keeps The Basics

XBO is a tiny project, prefabricated in 2004, that’s been floating around the internet lately as a result of being featured on Architizer.  It was designed by 70°N arkitektur and built by Senja Elementer AS as an experimental abode for 2 young people on the move.  The 388 square-foot (36 m2) home in Tromsø, Norway has two movable parts with just the basics — living areas, a garden terrace, a kitchenette, and a bathroom — ready to be lifted on to a container en route to the next destination.

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By |August 10th, 2011|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab|Tags: , |2 Comments

Now is the Time for a WeeHouse Prefab

Minnesota-based Alchemy Architects, the firm behind the weeHouse, tells us they have a unique opportunity for someone interested in owning a custom, modern prefab.  They have two weeHouses that have been framed and unfinished on the West Coast and a third that is pre-owned and for sale in Wisconsin.  Check out some details below or visit weeHouse for more information on these tiny, eco-friendly prefab structures.
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By |August 9th, 2011|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab|Tags: , |1 Comment

Ray Anderson Leaves Legacy, 1934-2011

It’s a sad day for environmentalists, entrepreneurs, and business leaders around the world.  Ray Anderson, 77, chairman and founder of Interface, passed away at his home in Atlanta on August 8, 2011.  Ray lost a 20-month battle with cancer, according to a statement by Interface.

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By |August 8th, 2011|Categories: News|4 Comments

Super Greenies Have a Taste for Luxury

About 5% of adults are “Super Greenies” — those who engage in 10 or more green activities, such as recycling, using rechargeable batteries, and re-using grocery store bags — according to Scarborough Research.  These Super Greenies, who perform the largest number of environmentally-friendly activities, also happen to be some of the top wage earners in the country with a taste for luxury.

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By |August 7th, 2011|Categories: News|6 Comments
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