• Fraser Net-Zero Energy House

The Fraser Net-Zero Energy House

In Fraser, Colorado, there’s a new net-zero energy house that was designed with impressive active and passive building technologies.  It’s grid-tied and all-electric, using no fossil fuels thanks to the solar photovoltaics and evacuated tube solar thermal array.  But the house isn’t the only thing powered by the sun.  The 17-kW array also powers two all-electric plug-in vehicles.

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By |January 6th, 2011|Categories: Single Family|Tags: , |18 Comments
  • Kaneda Residence Landscaping

Net-Zero Energy Home in Cupertino

Earth Bound Homes is involved with several ultra-green homes and this one in California deserves a mention.  It was designed by Bill Leddy, LMS Architects, and built by Earth Bound Homes for David and Stephania Kaneda, receiving a Green Point Rated score of 268 and LEED Platinum certification.

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By |January 5th, 2011|Categories: LEED, Single Family|Tags: , |0 Comments
  • Sam Flynn's House Container Concept Art (c) Disney Enterprises, Inc.

Flynn’s Container House in TRON: Legacy

Readers noticed the omission of one particular project in our year-end compilation of 15 shipping container projects from 2010.  If you’ve seen TRON: Legacy, you know Sam Flynn (played by Garrett Hedlund) has a cool shipping container house in the movie.  After some investigation, it turns out that a temporary container structure was built as a set on the shore of South Vancouver and later torn down.

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By |January 5th, 2011|Categories: Container Design, Modern architecture|13 Comments
  • Broken CFL iStockPhoto

How to Clean Up a Broken CFL Bulb

A few days after Christmas, the EPA issued updated guidance on how to clean up a broken compact fluorescent lamp (“CFL”) bulb.  CFLs are made with a small amount of mercury that can be released as vapor when broken.  That vapor is a health risk, although the EPA still encourages the use of CFLs to save energy and reduce GHG emissions.  Here’s an outline of the EPA’s CFL cleanup guidance:
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By |January 4th, 2011|Categories: Air Quality, News|Tags: |4 Comments
  • Solar Panels on Modern House

Top Green Building Trends for 2011

As with last year, green building consultant Jerry Yudelson published a top-ten list of green building trends for the next year.  Yudelson explains that green building is growing in popularity across the globe — that “more people are going green each year, and there’s nothing on the horizon that will stop this trend.”  I’ve hand-picked some of Yudelson’s trends that will apply in the residential sector below:
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By |January 3rd, 2011|Categories: Lists, News|7 Comments
  • JWT 100 Things to Watch in 2011

Six Green Building Trends to Watch

An excellent report by New York-based JWT Intelligence — 100 Things to Watch in 2011 — is bouncing around the internet right now.  The authors seem to have a pulse on key aspects of the internet, including mobile, advertising, media, and technology trends.  But I noticed at least six things to watch that relate directly to building greener homes.  Here’s what JWT says to watch in 2010:

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By |January 2nd, 2011|Categories: Lists, News|6 Comments
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