Leave a comment below through the end of Wednesday, February 2, 2011, to be considered for this random book giveaway.*
Princeton Architectural Press was nice enough to send us a copy of a newly published book on skinny houses called Narrow Houses: New Directions in Efficient Design. Authored by Avi Friedman, Narrow Houses includes 28 case studies — all measuring less than 25 feet in width — with site plans, floor plans, and tons of photos.
Projects featured in this book vary with a healthy dose of detached, semi-detached, and attached examples. If you have a thin site, perhaps a copy would provide value in the form of getting ideas to maximize your lot.
Chris Hansen and Dateline NBC just aired a hidden-camera report on fraud in the world of air duct cleaning. The fraudsters who perpetrate these scams dupe owners — some of them vulnerable or aged — out of clean ducts and into a bill that’s ten-fold higher than advertised.
Solar Decathlon now homeless.
Walk Score previews more walkable score.
100% of worldwide energy could be clean by 2030.
Appraisers going green in valuing solar, green elements.
Million-dollar green home repossessed by lender.
Homes that are both affordable and green.
Cree, Inc., manufacturer of the popular LR6 LED downlight, just announced a new light bulb. The company unveiled “the brightest, most-efficient, LED-based A-lamp that can meet Energy Star performance requirements for a 60-watt standard LED replacement bulb.” Cree attributes the bulb’s performance to TrueWhite technology and a patented remote-phosphor technology.
The average American will produce something like 20 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year; however, in Sweden the average amount is something like six-eight tons (or tonnes) per year. So when several companies join forces to put a four-person Swedish family on one-ton-per-year lifestyle, perhaps there might be something for us to learn from the experiment. That experiment is the One Tonne Life project.
I don’t know much about astrology, but I can still see having one of these pieces with a unique astrological aspect pattern. They’re beautiful, modern, and available in two designs, eight sizes, and 27 colors. StarArc takes your birthday, birth time, and birth location to create a personal pattern, which is then printed using environmentally friendly canvas (“Urth” by Breathing Color) and inks. Pieces range in size from 10″ – 48″ square and price from $280-$830 (although there is currently a 40% off sale).