California-based Modwalls now has ModRocks in stock. The product is made with 100% post-consumer recycled glass on a mesh backing. A single interlocking sheet (12″ x 12″) has ~1024 pebbles, each with a diameter of ~0.39 inches. The pebbles come from crushed consumer bottles (no melting required), and ModRocks can be used in residential or commercial applications in both wet and dry areas. One sheet is $25.95.
This is the Vancouver Airport Home, or the Hotchkiss Residence, located along the Columbia River in Vancouver, Washington. It was designed by Rick Berry of Scott Edwards Architecture and built by Hammer & Hand for retired couple in need of a single-level, one-bedroom abode. The owners have lived on the site for 40 years and the existing structure was recycled prior to building this one.
As it turns out, with near real-time feedback, most electricity consumers will take action to reduce energy usage, according to information released by CenterPoint Energy. CenterPoint conducted a pilot program with 300 Texas customers using a simple in-home display (IHD) wirelessly connected to a smart meter. Consumers used the IHD to obtain electricity usage data and a forecast of monthly usage and costs, spurring them to turn off lights, adjust the indoor temperature, and switch to energy-saving light bulbs.