Subway Tile Style with Bamboo

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If you like bamboo, you may be interested in this new bamboo subway tile from Anchor Bay Tile.  Available in autumn blush, chestnut, ebony, and natural (see below), the three-by-six inch tile is made in the USA with bamboo that's harvested at maturity between 5.5 to 6 years.  Anchor Bay Tile uses bamboo that qualifies for SCS Indoor Advantage Gold certification and claims the tiles work well in dry applications for both residential and commercial projects. 

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Greening Existing Buildings [Giveaway]

Greening-existing-buildings-jerry-yudelson We are giving away one (1) copy of this book to a random commenter, so make sure to comment before the end of Friday, January 29, 2010.*

There's no question that the big topic in the industry these days is greening existing buildings.  Whether through the LEED-EBOM program or something else, the existing building stock requires a sustainable update.  And if you're looking for a thorough and authoritative book on the topic, I'd like to recommend Greening Existing Buildings by Jerry Yudelson.  Published by McGraw-Hill, the GreenSource Series book includes over 25 case studies of successful green building renovations. 

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Literally Green and Net-Zero Energy

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Putney School, a prep boarding school for grades 9-12, needed a field house and retained Maclay Architects to design a green one.  Literally.  The ~$5 million green building is one of only a few net-zero energy buildings of its kind.  It's also a contender for LEED Platinum certification and boasts a number of impressive green elements.   

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Off-Grid Prefab zeroHouse Now Ready!

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Two years ago, the zeroHouse hit the internet like a tornado.  Now, Specht Harpman, the firm that designed the off-grid, modular, tiny house, is looking for a "visionary" to finance the construction of the prototype at something in the range of $300,000 to $350,000.  The good news comes from the American-Statesman, which recently reported that the design is "shovel-ready." 

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OfficePOD and Skip the Daily Commute

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Across the pond, a company called OfficePOD aims to change the way people work.  The company provides pod-like office cubes to companies and individuals to facilitate flexible home/work arrangements.  For the price of £14,950 ($24,400) plus installation and VAT, the company will set up the OfficePOD in about a day.  The lead time for installation is less than 12 weeks, and lease options are available as well.

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