A Dash of Light, Style, and Sustainability

Dash is a new LED task light by Details, a Steelcase company, that was designed in collaboration with Foster + Partners.  The modern lamp is said to be the first LED task lamp to achieve BIFMA Level 1 certification — it has a mercury-free LED and PVC-free wiring — and made with 32% recycled content.  Dash [$] includes a 3,500 K, 8-watt LED and a 50,000-hour rated life.  It has a 32″ horizontal and 22 3/4″ vertical reach.

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By |July 20th, 2011|Categories: Gadgets, Modern design|Tags: , |0 Comments

Energy-Efficient Home Remodel in Seattle

This is The Sentinel, a home that went through an efficiency renovation in Seattle.  The work was performed by Seattle-based Green Canopy Homes which takes existing homes in walkable neighborhoods and transforms them with high-performance upgrades and a touch of community design.  They all carry an Energy Performance Score and Built Green certification, and many of them have some geeky features like real-time energy monitoring, a digital homeowner’s manual, and on-site solar power.

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By |July 20th, 2011|Categories: Renovation, Single Family|Tags: , , |9 Comments

CalStar Intros New Permeable Paver

CalStar Products, maker of award-winning fly ash bricks, this week announced a new paver that can be used in LEED projects in order to obtain credits for recycled content, regional materials, and stormwater design.  The paver, which is suitable for intense uses such as parking lots, alleys, crosswalks, and plazas, is made with 40% post-industrial recycled material and comes in several different colors.

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By |July 19th, 2011|Categories: Materials, Recycled|Tags: , |2 Comments

New App Provides Basic Energy Use Data

Blue Line Innovations, maker of the PowerCost Monitor for tracking home energy use, recently introduced a new partnership with the People Power Company which includes a new mobile app called People Power 1.0.  Now, abandoned Hohm and PowerMeter users can switch over to People Power 1.0 for real-time electricity data, real-time pricing, budgeting, gaming, social interaction, and other information.

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By |July 19th, 2011|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Gadgets|Tags: |6 Comments

Botanist Minimal Going to Early Backers

Earlier this year, we mentioned the All Wood Botanist Bench, which is made with 12 sheets of sustainably harvested poplar and high-grade engineered veneers.  Botanist Minimal weighs 45 pounds, measures 60″L x 18″D x 18″W, and has walnut or rift oak finishes, making it perfect for modernists with a flare for eco-friendly furniture.  If you’re in this group, the modern piece is being shipped upon funding to early backers via Kickstarter for $299, according to its designer Dario Antonioni.  Check it out.

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By |July 19th, 2011|Categories: Furniture, Modern design|Tags: , |0 Comments

Warmboard Unveils Retrofit Radiant Panel

This month Warmboard announced a new radiant heating panel, Warmboard-R, that is thinner than its other panel, making it ideal for remodels and renovations.  Warmboard-R is 13/16″ thick (as compared to 1-1/8″ for the standard version) and provides the same radiant heat performance.

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By |July 18th, 2011|Categories: Products, Renovation|1 Comment
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