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Adobe Installs 20 Windspire Turbines

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Several years ago, Adobe made business news by sharing how their green building initiatives saved the company big money.  Its San Jose headquarters facility includes three office towers that have received three LEED Platinum certifications.  Over time, the company has reduced indoor water use by 22%, landscape water use by 76%, electricity by 35%, and natural gas by 41%.  Now Adobe generates on-site energy with 20 Windspire small wind turbines by Mariah Power.

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Off the Grid Small Osprey for IBS 2010

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Update 1/27/2010: A Small Osprey Eco-Cottage Has Landed!

Starting January 19 in the Las Vegas Convention Center, four modular demonstration homes will be on display for the International Builders’ Show 2010.  All of the homes will qualify for the NAHB’s National Green Building Certification, and they’ll be smaller, too.  One home in particular, The Osprey, caught my attention.  The 523 square-foot home, perhaps, will be the greenest of all four models in the Show Village. 

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School Built with Bottles, Trash, and $3k

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This school in the village of Granados in central Guatemala is a fascinating display of ingenuity and recycling.  According to an article in The Oregonian, Peace Corps volunteer Laura Kutner came up with the idea of finishing the construction of a school with the abundance of plastic waste in the area.  With the help of the local community, volunteers from Hug It Forward, and $3,000, the school was completed and painted in a vibrant orange color. 

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Net Zero Energy Paradigm Homes

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After the setting of 13 factory-built boxes and the completion of construction, these net zero energy homes were opened to three low-income families in Lafayette, Colorado.  Referred to as the Paradigm Pilot Project, the development includes one single family home and a duplex.  The project was designed by HB&A Architects and built by All American Homes of Colorado for the Boulder County Housing Authority. 

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Turn Heads with Natural Bark Shingles

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When searching for a green exterior cladding material, you may consider a corrugated, recycled, or composite material.  But if you're really looking to wear environmentalism on your sleeve, natural bark is gaining popularity these days.  The best bark shingles can last 75 years and contain no chemicals.  Recently, Nan Chase, co-author of Bark House Style, recently contributed an interesting article to The Christian Science Monitor about using bark shingles on her new home in Asheville, North Carolina. 

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