Designer Ceiling Lamp Powered By the Sun

Velux introduced the Lovegrove chandelier about a year ago, and, with a best of the best Red Dot 2010 award, the sunlight diffuser is getting more and more interest.  Designed by Ross Lovegrove, the lamp works in conjunction with Velux sun tunnels.  Lovegrove’s orb reflects natural sun light to the ceiling for room distribution and can be adjusted for intensity and angle.  The product is supposed to be available starting this month; find and contact a Velux distributor for pricing and availability.

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By |June 29th, 2011|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Technology|Tags: , |2 Comments

Eight Reasons for Passive House Growth

It’s no secret that Passivhaus, or Passive House, is exploding in popularity right now.  This site is publishing more about Passive House every week and readers seem to be more interested in these ultra-efficient homes than ever.  In fact, the volume of news references for “Passive House” and “Passivhaus” is up in recent years, according to a simple search using Google Trends.

So, what’s the secret behind the success of Passive House?

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By |June 28th, 2011|Categories: Lists, Passive House|13 Comments

Pure Salvage Tiny House for Living

This Tiny Texas Worker House was built with 99% salvaged material on a minimal footprint of 120 square feet.  The home, which is valued at about $38,000, will be given away this year through an essay raffle by Tiny Texas Houses.  So, with the combination of a winning essay and $50, one could end up with an entirely new way of living and a unique, reclaimed, micro shelter.

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By |June 27th, 2011|Categories: Single Family|Tags: , |10 Comments

Energy Savings, Set-Top Box Energy, Complete Green, + Solar Surcharge

Green home is almost complete.
Does this house make me look fat?
Old tensions surface over LEED pilot credit.
Want to reduce heating/cooling bills by 90%?
Value of solar power exceeds the electricity.
Some cities overcharge for solar permits.
Some set-top […]

By |June 25th, 2011|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments

Ford Showcases the Garage of the Future

In the rapidly changing landscape of automobiles, what will your garage look like to accommodate all electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles?  Ford has worked with many partners in the development of their home charging system for the electric Focus, to be released this year, and the upcoming plug-in hybrid and electric versions of the all new C-MAX.

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By |June 25th, 2011|Categories: Gadgets, Technology|Tags: , , |4 Comments

Ed Begley Jr: Green Efforts Make Sense

As part of Ford’s futuring and trend conference, Forward with Ford 2011, the company placed a significant emphasis on sustainability and its efforts in this area.  The company invited Ed Begley Jr., celebrity environmentalist and host of Living with Ed, to speak about his eco-friendly lifestyle and environmental advocacy efforts.  Ed stressed that in his 41 years being an outspoken advocate for the environment there are ways to make and save green while going green.

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By |June 24th, 2011|Categories: Events, Green Building|Tags: , , |3 Comments
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