The Belmont Earns LEED Silver in Dallas

This project, The Belmont Apartments, is the first apartment community in the Dallas/Fort Worth area to receive LEED Silver, according to UDR, Inc., a multifamily REIT that developed the project.  Located at 2500 Bennett Avenue, Belmont has 464 units in five buildings.  Since its opening, interest from the community has been higher than expected — likely driven by the combination of green aspects and modern design. 

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By |August 19th, 2010|Categories: LEED, Multifamily|Tags: |2 Comments

Using Smart Insight to Conserve Energy

Let’s just say you need to know how much power a certain device is using. You can do that with this new product from Belkin. Conserve Insight, available for pre-order on Amazon for $29.99, was designed to help consumers conserve energy. The energy monitor shows you how much a device costs in watts, dollars, and carbon dioxide using preloaded or custom rate information. Belkin also has three other Conserve gadgets available for pre-order should you have the need: Smart AV, Valet, and Socket.

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By |August 18th, 2010|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Gadgets|0 Comments

Prefab Green Home Office in East Bay

This is a modern home office that was designed and prefabricated by five design-build students in a graduate architecture class at Academy of Art University in San Francisco.  The project, built with various reclaimed and green materials, was recognized recently with a Citation from the East Bay chapter of the AIA. 

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By |August 18th, 2010|Categories: Prefab|Tags: |2 Comments

Fantastic Monastic Modules in Big Sur

If you follow Michelle Kaufmann’s blog, you’ve probably seen completion photos of this residential care facility for the New Camaldoli Hermitage Monks in Big Sur, California. The 1,737 square-foot facility originally began as mkDesigns project but – due to market realities we’ve mentioned previously – Studio 101 Designs guided it through completion.

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By |August 17th, 2010|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab|Tags: |0 Comments

Natural Green Townhomes on East Coast

These Baltic Townhomes at Rivers Edge recently hit the market, aiming to provide a unique green living experience for folks in the New England area.  Located in Manchester, New Hampshire, roughly 45 minutes from Boston, the four-unit project is the first American project by developer Super Bebris of Latvia, which uses a proprietary system of timber and steel construction. 

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By |August 17th, 2010|Categories: Townhouse|Tags: , |2 Comments

Three Tiny Houses without Borders

Perhaps you read a recent article in the NY Times on portable shelters.  In the article, Jim Robbins discusses the relief housing efforts of a few organizations and companies that I've noticed over the years.  These houses, often prefabricated and flat-packed, typically assemble in a short amount of time with simple, available tools.  Check out these three home designs below and, if you're aware of any similar endeavors, feel free to share a link below. 

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By |August 16th, 2010|Categories: Affordable|Tags: |7 Comments
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