• Skystream 600 Southwest Windpower

New Small Wind Turbine Unveiled at CES

Southwest Windpower, maker of the Skystream 3.7, unveiled a new version of the popular turbine at CES 2011 called Skystream 600.  The turbine features an improved design with larger blades, enhanced software, and an improved integrated inverter.  And, according to a press release, Skystream 600 will be the “first fully smart grid-enabled wind turbine” on the market when available in April 2011.


By |January 7th, 2011|Categories: Wind|Tags: , , |10 Comments
  • Yube Cube Shelf Roof

Simple, Modular, Green Yube Cubes

If you’re on a furniture budget and want dead simple storage, perhaps a modular Yube would do the trick.  Each 13″-cubed Yube assembles in a jiff with snap-together sides, steel-frame locks, and corner clips.  The panels are made from sugar cane waste fibers (biodegradable and compostable), while the frame is made of a blend of plastic and bamboo (recyclable).  Yubes can be used as garage storage, a coffee table, a tv stand or anything else.  Cubes sell for about $30 each.

By |January 7th, 2011|Categories: Furniture|Tags: |2 Comments
  • 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.


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.


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.


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:

By |January 4th, 2011|Categories: Air Quality, News|Tags: |4 Comments

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