Five Passivhaus Concepts for New Orleans

DesignByMany recently held a contest seeking a low-cost, low-energy home for New Orleans. The brief requested designs in a shotgun typology and entrants were encouraged to strive to meet Passive House standards.  The winners have now been announced and sustainable.TO took top honors, according to Arch Daily.  Check out the top five homes, and click through for more detail on each home.


By |May 16th, 2011|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Passive House|Tags: , |0 Comments

Ecological Vision, Passive Grassroots, Performance Building, + House and Home

The death of the McMansion.
Passivhaus is German for no-brainer.
Passive House grows beyond the grassroots.
Builder invests in high performance homes.
The difference between house and home.
Why the “light bulb ban” is a good idea.
Windows key to net-zero […]

By |May 14th, 2011|Categories: Week in Review|1 Comment

Synergy: A New Beacon of Passive House

Synergy is a design for an affordable, cold-climate Passive House by Tim Eian of TE Studio, the firm behind the first Passive House in Wisconsin.  Eian says Synergy is “a beacon for the 21st century renaissance of residential high-performance design.”  In other words, this is a home for everyone: it’s traditional, comfortable, light-filled, and attainable.


By |May 13th, 2011|Categories: Passive House|Tags: , |1 Comment

Designer CFL Perfect for Naked Lighting

Plumen 001, a designer CFL by Hulger, is now being offered for sale in the U.S.  The 120-volt light bulb uses 11 watts, outputs 680 lumens, lasts about 8 years, has a color rendering index of more than 80, and has a color temperature of 2700 Kelvin.  It is not dimmable and requires careful cleanup if broken, but that’s how these lights can be.  Pre-orders ship on June 1, and each bulb sells for $29.95.


By |May 12th, 2011|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Technology|Tags: , |5 Comments

Alcoa Unveils Smog Eating Aluminum Panel

We’ve seen roof tiles that eat smog, but Alcoa Architectural Products is introducing an architectural panel that the company claims can clean itself and the air around it.  Reynobond with EcoClean is what it’s called, and it’s a combination of Reynobond, which is a pre-painted, aluminum, coil-coated panel, and EcoClean, a proprietary coating with titanium oxide.


By |May 12th, 2011|Categories: Air Quality, Materials|1 Comment

Bazzèo in a Kitchen Preservation Project

Earlier this month, the Historic Savannah Foundation gave a preservation award to a 54-year old, mid-century modern home in Savannah, Georgia.  We were able to get some detail and photos of the kitchen renovation aspect from Bazzèo, a New Jersey-based manufacturer of green kitchen and bath cabinets.  The design retained the original kitchen layout, but water-damaged kitchen and bath cabinets were replaced.


By |May 11th, 2011|Categories: Modern design, Renovation|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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