A Durable Soft New Carpet Tigressa

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Last month, Shaw invited a number of bloggers to Atlanta for the launch of a new carpet product called Tigressá SoftStyle.  While we were invited, we were not able to participate, so the company sent us a sample kit for review.  The kit includes a new patch and one that’s been tested with 20,000 steps, and they’re both just as soft — I can’t tell a difference between the two.  Hence, the tagline: The Softer, Stronger Carpet.

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Low Impact Tiny Cabin in Jackson Hole


We’re fascinated with small houses like this one in Jackson, Wyoming. The “park model” home was featured on the Tiny House Blog the other day, racking up a slew of comments. Referred to as the “Caboose,” it turns out the home was built with SIP walls and roofing (for energy efficiency) and has bamboo flooring, a dual-flush toilet, LED lighting, and an exterior cladding of both rusty metal and cedar siding. It cost $95,000 to build but can be rented if you’re near Jackson Hole Campground.

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Zero Net Energy Homes at Sage Green


Green One Construction Services just completed phase one in Sage Green, an ultra energy efficient community in Beaverton, Oregon.  The entire project will have a total of 18 homes, and the first five are now on the market with pricing between $257,900 and $259,000.  I guess you can say it's a small price to pay for the desirable, but still rare, benefit of zero net energy living. 

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Hyper Eco Luxury Living in Boulder


This luxury green home, 2002 Alpine, is the kind of place that may make you feel uncomfortable with preconceived notions of luxury, home size, and sustainability. The $3.5 million home was precision built in a WeberHaus factory in Germany and is expected to use only 18% of the total energy consumed by the average American home. The interior is also entirely hypoallergenic and non-toxic.

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Smart Windows that Save Big Energy


This startup company, RavenBrick, was profiled by the New York Times for its simple and smart window technology.  It's a window like nothing else on the market.  Using patented and patent pending technology, RavenWindow has a reflective film that's keyed to the outside temperature.  When warm, the film reflects light to reduce solar heat gain.  Conversely, when cool, the film becomes transparent to allow a comfortable amount of heat gain. 

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Mosiac Walk Eco Townhomes in the OC


It seems green homes continue to sell well in these economic times. Last month, two model homes at Mosaic Walk opened to visitors and, with purchase incentives and pricing from the low $300,000, phase one sold out completely. Located in Garden Grove in northern Orange Country, Mosaic Walk has been designed and built for LEED certification.

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