Roof Integrated Solar with Ceramic Tiles


Area Industrie Ceramiche makes a red clay roof tile that the Italian company claims is very resistant to weather and capable of absorbing less water and heat.  But that's just the original tile.  If you go with the "tegolasolare" version, you'll end up with a roof integrated solar solution that's so handsome others may not realize it's wired to generate energy. 

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Eco Prefab House Hits Dwell on Design


Reclaimed Space is teaming up with Ecofabulous again to showcase one of their prefabs made from reclaimed materials at Dwell on Design.  The rustic prefab will measure 28′ x 14′ — a little bigger than last year’s 400 square-foot rehab — and built with materials from old deconstructed structures, including an 1830s German farmstead home, in Austin, Texas.

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Helios House Gets LEED Gold in Bend

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If you've been to Bend, Oregon — smack dab in the center of the state on the dry side — you know it's a cool place with a ton of outdoor, vacation, and eco-friendly options.  That's why the owners of this vacation rental, Helios NW Eco-House, decided to go ahead and earn LEED Gold certification. It's actually, according to the owners' research, the first vacation rental home in the state to receive this level of certification. 

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Nine Near Carbon Neutral Communities


Popular Science just published an interesting roundup of green communities in an article now titled, "Nine of the World's Most Promising Carbon-Neutral Communities."  You'll recognize several of these communities as we've mentioned them previously.  What's important is the notion that reducing an environmental impact can be ultra effective when done on a large scale.

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Haptik Blends Luxury and Sustainability


In response to a design challenge issued by the USGBC, WATG and IDEO created "Haptik," a sustainable hotel suite that blends sustainability and luxury in a high-tech environment.  The suite, named after a Greek term for experiencing interactions based on touch, won the challenge and was built as a model at HD Expo 2010 last month.  Courtesy of WATG, take a look inside:

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