• ECO Modern Flat Main

ECO Modern Flats Chases LEED Gold

ECO Modern Flats is undergoing a transformation right now in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  The multifamily project was built 40 years ago, but that’s not stopping developers from renovating the place to anticipated LEED Gold level certification.  And they’re doing it with a modern, yet attainable, approach, too.

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By |January 18th, 2011|Categories: LEED, Multifamily, Renovation|5 Comments
  • green prefab potential USA Today

Benefits of Green Prefab [USA Today]

Today USA Today published an article on green prefab in both the Money section and online.  Wendy Koch, author and owner of her own green home under construction, gathered various industry opinions for the article.  Here’s a snapshot of industry thinking on the topic:

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By |January 17th, 2011|Categories: News, Prefab|1 Comment
  • Week in Review

LEED Bashing, Heroic Efficiencies, Stewart Green, + Prefab Potential

New heights for LEED-bashing.
How do they decide a building is “green”?
Energy efficiency: the unsung hero of our times.
Future housing: no bathtubs, lawns, or McMansions.
Home builders see green prefab potential.
Green houses get Martha Stewart push.
The importance […]

By |January 15th, 2011|Categories: Week in Review|2 Comments
  • Exterior

Net-Zero Energy Tiny House in Berkeley

This Berkeley tiny house has been getting a fair amount of attention recently.  Built by New Avenue, Inc., the 420 square-foot backyard cottage is spacious enough to include a living room, kitchen, dining area, loft, and bathroom.  It was built for $98,000, which includes all the bells and whistles one could ask for in any home regardless of size.

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By |January 14th, 2011|Categories: Single Family|Tags: , , , , |21 Comments
  • 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
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