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Industrial Green Frame House in Verona

This container structure was on display earlier this month at Abitare il Tempo in Verona, Italy.  The architects, Studio Astori De Ponti Associati, used discarded containers to build a home that is meant to “propose an alternative starting point for reflection,” as opposed to “a definitive and absolute solution to the question of sustainability.”

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By |September 28th, 2010|Categories: Container Design, Modern architecture|Tags: , |0 Comments
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Better World Shopping Guide [Giveaway]

Leave a comment below through the end of Friday, October 1, 2010, to be considered for this random book giveaway.*

If you like to be told how to spend your money, there's a new guide that may be of assistance, The Better World Shopping Guide, which we received from New Society Publishers.  The average consumer spends something like $18,000 per year on goods and services and may not know how to spend that money wisely.  The Better World Shopping Guide incorporates over 5,000 hours of research and, using report cards on thousands of companies, rates every product on the book shelf from A to F. 

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By |September 28th, 2010|Categories: book, Giveaways|13 Comments
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Farm Above the Pavement [Giveaway]

Leave a comment below through the end of Friday, October 1, 2010, to be considered for this random book giveaway.*

A couple years ago, Public Farm 1 — an urban farm installation by WORKac — opened in the courtyard of MOMA P.S.1.  P.F.1 combined concepts of sustainable design and sustainable agriculture and was built with recyclable materials, powered by solar photovoltaics, and maintained by rain collection system. 

In a book published by Princeton Architectural Press, Above the Pavement — The Farm! Architecture & Agriculture at P.F.1, which the publisher sent to us, Amale Andraos and Dan Wood, co-founders of WORKac, provide an inside perspective as to how P.F.1 came to be. 

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By |September 28th, 2010|Categories: book, Giveaways|16 Comments
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Passive House: Brighter Shade of Green

Today, the most viewed and emailed article on the NY Times is one on Passive House, “Can we Build in a Brighter Shade of Green?”  The concept of Passive House has been growing in popularity over the last eight years or so, especially in green building circles.  These homes are ultra energy-efficient and, with some on-site energy generation, can be energy neutral or energy producing.

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By |September 26th, 2010|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Passive House|Tags: |1 Comment
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Eco Roof Savings, Passive House Tech, Smart Energy Future, + Pod Traction

Eco roofs save cash. The future of smart energy. New home uses Passive House technology. This home doesn't need conventional heat. Pod cars gaining traction in some cities. What's your home's MPG […]

By |September 25th, 2010|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments
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New Prices for Green Blue Sky Homes

Blue Sky Homes, maker of modern, green, steel homes, recently announced a new infusion of funding and, with that, a new website, new pricing, and new projects slated for construction this fall.

The California company first built a modern home in Yucca Valley, which by the way is open for reserved tours on October 23, and now has a pipeline of subsequent homes in various stages of construction.

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By |September 24th, 2010|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab|Tags: , , |1 Comment
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