And a Happy Thanksgiving to You!

By |November 25th, 2010|Categories: Weblogs|0 Comments

Element Prefab Installed in Long Island

Blu Homes recently installed and completed this factory-built home for two professors in Long Island.  It’s based on the Element line, which is basically the same model used to build this Rhode Island retreat that we mentioned previously.  Maura McCarthy, co-founder of Blu Homes, told me in an email that steel frame construction helped the permitting process because the site is in a 120 mph wind zone near the ocean.

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By |November 25th, 2010|Categories: Prefab, Single Family|Tags: , |0 Comments

EnGuard Recycled PET Batt Insulation

Alex Wilson, this year's winner of the Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainable Housing, selected EnGuard Insulation by Vita Nonwovens as the BuildingGreen Product of the Week following Greenbuild in Chicago.  The 100% polyester insulation product is made with recycled plastic bottles, or, more specifically, 15% post-consumer and 35% pre-consumer recycled content. 

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By |November 24th, 2010|Categories: Materials, Recycled|Tags: |0 Comments

Recycled Content Surfaces by Environite

A new company operating out of the Pacific Northwest, Environite Building Products, recently introduced its signature solid-surface product, Environite.  It’s a cast-to-size material made with roughly 90% recycled content — recycled glass and discarded post-consumer and post-industrial materials — and both VOC- and styrene-free, according to the company.  Environite is available in several colors, though the white countertop pictured may be hard to beat.

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By |November 24th, 2010|Categories: Materials, Recycled, Surfaces|0 Comments

Take a Pledge for Healthy LEED Buildings

By |November 23rd, 2010|Categories: IAQ, LEED, News|0 Comments

60-Watt Equivalent LEDs for Below $40

If you’re looking for long-lasting, energy-efficient lighting, 60-watt replacement LEDs are on the way to big box retailers.  These lights screw in just like typical incandescents, but they use less than a quarter of the energy and have no mercury, unlike CFLs.

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By |November 22nd, 2010|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Green Tech|Tags: , , , |5 Comments
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