• FSC Plywood Stack

LEED Retains Status Quo of FSC Only

As you know, there’s been a lot of back and forth between wood certification bodies, stakeholders, and the USGBC relating to the certified wood credit applicable all commercial LEED rating systems.  The debate was documented in a five-part series in The Tyee recently, and led to the creation of the Forest Certification Benchmark.

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By |December 7th, 2010|Categories: LEED, Materials, News|Tags: , |1 Comment
  • MEKA

MEKA Container House in NYC [Video]

One of our most popular articles last month was a preview of modular container homes by Toronto-based MEKA.  The company planted a show house in the West Village area of New York City and the media took notice.  Reporting for Reuters, Kilmeny Duchardt offered this video and short interview with Michael de Jong, one of the entrepreneurs behind the company.

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By |December 6th, 2010|Categories: Container Design, video|6 Comments

Solar Sufficient LEED Home in Houston

This self-sufficient home took a 2010 Evergreen Award from Eco-structure in the Greenhouse category and features some impressive, green elements.  Built in Houston for owners Daniel and Adele Hedges, the home – referred to as Virginia Point – is net-zero energy, near net-zero water, and the first home in Houston to receive LEED Platinum certification.

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By |December 6th, 2010|Categories: Single Family, Solar|Tags: , |0 Comments

Sensable Housing, Volume Certification, Clean Construction, C2C Guidance

By |December 4th, 2010|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments

Cozy Off Grid Solar Retreat in Maine

Of all the beautiful homes in the most recent issue of Dwell, I must say this one made the greatest impression on me.  In “Worth the Wait,” Amber Bravo writes about The Porter Cottage in Ragged Island, Maine.  The self-sufficient home – roughly 480 square feet including a screen porch – is both off-pipe and off-grid and made with durable and green materials.

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By |December 3rd, 2010|Categories: Modern architecture, Single Family|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

AAHSA Displays Net Zero Idea House

By |December 3rd, 2010|Categories: News|0 Comments
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