Super Houseplants, Low-Fuel Homes, Cottage Award, + Mercury Reductions

Super houseplants scrub the air.
What does a sustainable community look like?
Hurricane Ike-damaged cottage takes top award.
EPA proposes coal regulations to reduce mercury emissions.
Are high-performance windows worth the extra cost?
Passive Houses offer something different.
Cutting-edge home uses […]

By |March 19th, 2011|Categories: Week in Review|1 Comment

Embrace a Lush Vertical Plant Wall

Plant wall pioneer McRae Anderson recently introduced this new ebook publication called “Embrace the Vertical” on the topic of vertical green walls.  It’s free, colorful, and concise – just enough to whet your curiosity for more.  Anderson provides a list of plants, some basic case studies, and a little background information on his own Greenwalls product.

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By |March 18th, 2011|Categories: book, Vegetation|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

Low-Cost Solar Thermal by Sunnovations

Sunnovations, a Virginia-based start-up, is seeing more and more interest in its unique solar thermal technology and just closed a Series A round of financing led by Two Seven Ventures.  That technology is explained in the attached images, and it may just make solar water heating a no-brainer for every home in the country.   The system is relatively affordable, easy to install, and simple to maintain, according to the company.

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By |March 18th, 2011|Categories: Solar|Tags: , , |11 Comments

Join Us in Giving Aid to Japan

I find myself more introspective every day as events unfold in Japan.  I lived there for an extended period of time and tried to master the language.  I see the faces of thousands of people that I met in my mind.  I’m on this planet to make a difference, to help people, and it hurts to see neighborhoods gone and air polluted.  What can be done?  Here are a few efforts that I’m seeing:

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By |March 17th, 2011|Categories: News, Weblogs|2 Comments

Two-Container Backyard Office in Oakland

In 2005, Stephen Shoup, founder of design-build firm building LAB inc., bought a furniture and woodcarving building to convert it into a live-work space.  But Shoup’s firm outgrew the space — and Shoup went from singlehood to fatherhood — so he concocted a plan to create more room in the backyard.  He fashioned a modern, green office space from a retired freezer and a corrugated shipping container unit set in an L-shape.

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By |March 17th, 2011|Categories: Container Design, Modern architecture|6 Comments

Natural Modern Flat Pack Cabin in Canada

Form & Forest recently announced the completion of their beautiful, proof-of-concept, flat-pack cabin on the banks of the Blaeberry River in Golden, British Columbia.  The Pioneer model prefab has 1,740 square feet, a mono pitch roof, 180 degrees of floor-to-ceiling glass, and a smart design with large overhangs and cross ventilation.

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By |March 16th, 2011|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab|Tags: , , |5 Comments
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