Flexible Lightweight Solar by SoloPower


Today SoloPower announced the launch of its inaugural thin-film, CIGS-based solar product called SFX1-i.  The company says SFX1-i is lightweight and flexible, while other outlets, such as Greentech Media, report that the modules have an efficiency of 10.5 to 11 percent. 

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Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities [Giveaway]

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Island Press, a nonprofit that publishes environmental books from thought leaders, was kind enough to send us a new book by Patrick M. Condon called Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities: Design Strategies for the Post-Carbon World.  Condon starts out with the premise that cities are responsible for 80% of all greenhouse gas emissions and, since cities are the major cause of the problem, builds a set of rules as the solution. 

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Toward a Zero Energy Home

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The authors of Green from the Ground Up, David Johnston and Scott Gibson, recently released a new book called Toward a Zero Energy Home: A Complete Guide to Energy Self-Sufficiency at Home, which the publisher sent to us for review.  Johnson and Gibson explore net zero energy homes of all varieties — bungalows, ranches, craftsmans —  and what it takes to build homes that are healthy, green, and ultra energy-efficient.

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PACE Problems, Rescue Bamboo, Recycled Bricks, + Not Just Passive

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Studio Created with One Prefab Module


A few months ago, we mentioned that PieceHomes was using green pieces, or extra modules, to help people expand or remodel existing homes.  Recently, the company sent an eP: Studio module to Venice, where it was installed above a site-built garage.  It arrived mostly complete — the siding needed to be applied — and was forklifted into place.  Check out the finished interior below …

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Healthy Modern B-Line in Minneapolis


We've mentioned several different prefabs from Hive Modular over the years, and this home, a B-Line Medium 003, was profiled by Epoch Times the other day.  It's a beautiful, contemporary home in Minneapolis owned by T.J. Thoraldson and Vladimir Vukojevic. 

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