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Car-free Enclaves, House Warming, Health Boost Building, + Home Printing

Dwell on green design. Houses that solve global warming. Green buildings may boost occupant health. Reasons why we don't have car-free hoods yet. Some builders warming to green standards. Building green begins […]

By |September 18th, 2010|Categories: Week in Review|Tags: |0 Comments
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Small, Green, Affordable in The Big Easy

The USGBC recently held a competition for the design of an affordable, single-family house with between 720 and 880 square feet that meets the requirements of LEED Platinum certification.  Local chapters chose 49 designs and a national jury picked two professional finalists and two student finalists.  These four designs will be built in the Broadmoor neighborhood of New Orleans by enviRenew.

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By |September 17th, 2010|Categories: Affordable, News|Tags: , |0 Comments
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An Insulated BIPV Roof from Metl-Span

Earlier this year, Metl-Span introduced CFR Insul-Solar, which is a roof-integrated photovoltaic system that combines the company's CFR insulated standing seam roof panel with UNI-Solar thin film solar laminates.

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By |September 16th, 2010|Categories: Gadgets, Solar|Tags: , |2 Comments
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Reclaimed Style Family Retreat in Aptos

I just recently learned of this contemporary retreat designed by CCS Architecture for an eight-person family.  The 2,800 square-foot home sits on a picturesque, 20-acre site nestled about five miles inland from the beach town of Aptos, California.  It's a vacation place, which some of you won't think is all that green, but the owners and design team worked to make the $1.8 million project a low-impact one. 

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By |September 16th, 2010|Categories: Modern architecture, Single Family|Tags: , , |0 Comments
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SketkaStone Recycled Paper Surfaces

I’ve always loved recycled paper countertops and recently noticed ShetkaStone from All Paper Recycling.  SketkaStone is made with old paper and can be used in countertops, vanities, sills, and moldings.  It will also hold up to use; the manufacturer told me in an email that no other similar product on the market “can match our durability.”

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By |September 15th, 2010|Categories: Materials, Recycled|Tags: |2 Comments
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Small Green Getaway in Kehena Beach

A reader was kind enough to send us listing information on this contemporary home that's located three blocks from Kehena Beach in Hawaii.  The home has two masses separated by a breezeway — one side has the living, dining, kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom, while the other side has the master suite and bathroom.  It was built to a Built Green 2-Star level of certification and includes some of the following green elements:

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By |September 15th, 2010|Categories: Modern architecture, Single Family|0 Comments
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