Paperless Homes, Living Principles, Parapet Power, + Using Doomed Trees

These are green homes with no papers. Bronx apartments use parapet wind turbines. San Francisco considers mandatory energy audits. List of equipment for home performance testing. Five LEED strategies to green your […]

By |August 14th, 2010|Categories: Week in Review|2 Comments

Express: New Recycled Ceramic Tile

Fireclay Tile, a manufacturer of recycled content ceramic tiles in California, recently launched a new offering called the Express Series Quickship Tile.  It’s made with more than 62% locally sourced recycled content and, according to the company, contains “more post-consumer and pre-consumer waste than any other tile on the market.”

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By |August 13th, 2010|Categories: Materials, Recycled|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Home Depot Selling Cheap LEDs Online

If you’re looking to make the switch from incandescent to LED lighting, now may be a good time.  The Home Depot struck a deal with the Lighting Science Group Corporation and is the exclusive seller of an affordable line of ECOSMART LED products.  One bulb in the product line, the A19 LED 40-watt equivalent, sells for $19.97 each.

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By |August 12th, 2010|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Gadgets|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

Green Showhouse Planned in Missouri

Hufft Projects and Make Studios just announced this contemporary green showhouse in planning for the Roanoke neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri.  The house was designed to standout and blend in at the same time.  Cantilevered overhangs and clean lines captivate, while brick and ornamental iron work match elements of other homes in the area.

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By |August 12th, 2010|Categories: Modern architecture|Tags: |5 Comments

Square Footage Bashing [Best Comment]

Critics gave me a hard time for discussing a 2,988 square-foot home in Florida.  One loyal commenter, bruteforcecollaborative, responded:

"Panning a project on square footage alone is asinine. you don't know the client's programming needs – maybe the house is designed for the grandparents to move in. maybe one of their children is disabled and requires dedicated space. maybe the house is also a home office, thereby foregoing additional office space in another location … size alone isn't a function of how green or ungreen something is."

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By |August 11th, 2010|Categories: Editorial, News|19 Comments

Source for Reclaimed Building Materials

With the growing popularity of deconstruction and efforts to keep usable materials out of landfills, Planet Reuse is the place to find and list reclaimed building materials. I’ve mentioned the site before, but it’s a great resource, especially if you’re going for a distinct look or material that contributes to LEED certification. Check out some of these current listings.

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By |August 11th, 2010|Categories: Materials, Recycled|0 Comments
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