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Zevon Platinum Passive House in Utah

Dave Brach, architect of the first Passive House in Utah, and Benchmark Modern, builder of this modern LEED home, are working on a new project in the Salt Lake City area called Zevon.  The home, which is under construction right now, is being built – for the most part – to Passive House standards and will seek LEED Platinum certification when completed.

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By |September 14th, 2010|Categories: LEED, Modern architecture, Passive House|Tags: |5 Comments
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Indestructible Fossilized Bamboo Floor

Let’s say you get a lot of floor traffic or you have a kid that jabs Hot Wheels into the ground.  Maybe you have a dog that runs in circles, and you want a strong wood floor.  You’ll probably look for a high Janka scale rating — a measure of hardness — to find something that will hold up against denting and wear.  You might even consider this strand woven floor from Cali Bamboo that the company says received a 5,000+ pound score in recent tests.

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By |September 14th, 2010|Categories: Materials, Surfaces|Tags: , |2 Comments
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Edwin Blue: Crafted, Modern, Green

Edwin Blue is a new company out of Missouri that makes modern outdoor furniture.  The company's first collection, Rise, includes chaises, lounge chairs, stools, side tables, and dining tables, etc.  Each piece is handmade in America with steel, sinker cypress (or FSC-certified machiche from Guatemala if a hardwood is desired), and wood finishes free of heavy metal, petroleum, and VOCs.  Visit Edwin Blue for more on this warm, sleek collection.

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By |September 13th, 2010|Categories: Furniture, Modern design|Tags: |0 Comments
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Affordable Boost, Urban Green, Sustainability Lessons, + NPR on LEED

Sustainability lessons. Green revolution in urban neighborhoods. NPR 1: Green building, a real estate revolution? NPR 2: Critics say LEED doesn't fulfill promises. Help your business with green marketing. Enter this green […]

By |September 12th, 2010|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments
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New Modern Green Homes from Lindal

Dwell and its writers/editors have considerable influence in the prefab industry.  They made a big move last year announcing the Dwell Homes Collection of “warm modern” prefabs designed by Turkel Design and produced by Lindal Cedar Homes.  This year, Lindal and Turkel Design added seven new plans to the collection and they’re beautiful, to put it simply.

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By |September 10th, 2010|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab|Tags: , , , |7 Comments
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Going Green with Exposed Plumens

Plumen 001 has been shooting around the internet today (i.e., Good, Morin, Re-Nest).  The designer CFL saves 80% on energy bills and lasts eight times longer than a regular incandescent.  It’s an 11-watt bulb that outputs 680 lumens with a color temperature of 2700k.  But it’s not available in the US until next year, and Plumen 002 is in the works.  In any event, Plumen seems perfect for the exposed lighting situation pictured here.

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By |September 9th, 2010|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Technology|Tags: , |2 Comments
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