Make Sure to Vote in The Homies 2009

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Last year, Apartment Therapy started The Homies to find and reward great shelter blogs. With shelter magazines going out of business left and right, I guess it’s a good idea to reward the best shelter blogs around.  So, this year, they have five categories for the The Homies: home design, home tech, kids at home, home cooking, and green home. We’re proud to have been nominated for the green home category – thanks for putting us on the list!

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New Solar Shingle Hits the Market!

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We’re starting to see a number of interesting products in the building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) area of solar innovation. A company out of Grass Valley, California – Sun Energy Engineering Co. – has developed a low-profile solar shingle, or Sun Energy Shingle, to be used instead of roofing shingles or over existing shingles. It’s available in custom colors, too, depending on what kind of look you’re trying to get on the rooftop.

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NanaWall Launches Folding Glass Wall System with Triple Glazing

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NanaWall Systems provides a sleek, folding, glass wall system that's seen in a lot of green homes that we mention (for example, see this Sunset Breezehouse).  A homeowner may purchase a NanaWall for any number of reasons, whether to blur indoor and outdoor spaces, provide views, or draw natural light into interior spaces.  Now, though, all this can be done with greater efficiency using NanaWall's new SL70 with triple glazing system. 

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Efficient SIPs Green House in Virginia

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In Powhatan, Virginia, there’s this three-level home that Handcraft Homes built with SIPs.  Designed by Watershed Architects, the project anticipates a minimum of LEED Silver certification and, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, was built for about $280,000.  The owners expect to recoup the extra cost of their green investment through energy savings gained over about seven years.

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23 Modern Solar Powered Mews in LA

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RLG Properties, Inc. recently announced this new single-family development in Atwater Village that takes advantage of the small lot ordinance in City of Los Angeles.  With 23 homes under construction — all of them will have 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and an open floor plan — prices at The Mews start at $599,000.  Designed by Corsini + Stark, green features include extensive daylighting, operable clerestory windows, natural ventilation, Grasscrete permeable paving, bamboo flooring, drought tolerant landscaping, energy efficient appliances, and an installed solar system.

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