LEED Platinum Condos at Primera Terra

KB Home recently unveiled one of the largest communities of LEED Platinum homes in Playa Vista, California.  Called Primera Terra, the community has 52 luxury condos certified to green building standards and each home will have an Energy Performance Guide sticker.  These homes are about 40% more efficient than Title 24 standards and could cost as low as $57 per month on heating and cooling.

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By |June 1st, 2011|Categories: Condo|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

May Green Month in Review

This month, we had the opportunity to participate in Treehugger’s Great Prefab Debate and saw some interesting products at the NAHB Green Building conference in Salt Lake City.  The most popular article on Facebook was about this modern chicken coop by MAKE Design Studio, while the most shared article on Twitter was about using trees to improve home cooling.  Below you’ll find a topical gathering of coverage from May.

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By |May 31st, 2011|Categories: Month in Review|0 Comments

Grow Food in a Vertical Home Minigarden

As someone trying to raise more plants indoors, I really like the Minigarden product, which combines a neat vertical wall design with food growth.  The white garden comes in a basic setup with three layers (nine pockets) with one water collection tray, three lids and trays, three planting rows, and 18 assembly clips.  When assembled, the Minigarden, which is made with a strong copolymer polypropylene plastic, is 25″ l x 5 3/4″ d x 23″ h.  The three-layer version sells for about $59.95.

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By |May 30th, 2011|Categories: Nature, Vegetation|Tags: , |4 Comments

Deconstructed Home, Deep Energy, Sustainable Wood, + the Greenest Home

Low-income, high efficiency.
Are we using wood sustainably?
Drop in mounting slashes solar install costs.
Deconstruction: can an entire home be recycled?
Fearing the phase out of incandescent bulbs.
The nation’s greenest home is a mystery.
The price of being certifiably […]

By |May 28th, 2011|Categories: Week in Review|1 Comment

Modern Recyclable Containers with LEDs

Salt Lake City-based ORE Inc. makes modern landscape containers, fire pits, benches, and other things. They’re beautiful and some of them are outfitted with LEDs evoking something of a TRON: Legacy feel. These containers can be powder coated and made with steel or aluminum. Also, depending on the piece, ORE Containers may contribute to up to four different LEED credits (i.e., low-VOC sealants and paints, recycled content steel/aluminum, and FSC certified teak and ipe).

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By |May 27th, 2011|Categories: Landscape, Modern design|4 Comments

The Great Prefab Debate [3:30 PM EDT]

Treehugger’s Great Prefab Debate is set for today at 3:30 p.m. EDT, so bookmark this page and come back. You can watch live and submit comments. This will be an old fashioned debate […]

By |May 26th, 2011|Categories: Features, Prefab|7 Comments
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