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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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Ecotrax Recycled Content Floor Tiles

Swisstrax, a company out of California, makes an interlocking recycled content floor tile called Ecotrax.  Made with PolyDyne Engineered Rubber Powder, or recycled rubber tires, Ecotrax — according to the company — is durable, strong, and 100% recycled.  Also, to close the loop, Swisstrax takes its products back to be recycled into future products.  It's available in gray colors, various patterns, and two sizes, 13” x 13” x ½” and 15.75” x 15.75” x ¾”. 

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By |September 24th, 2010|Categories: Materials, Recycled|Tags: |2 Comments
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New Free Primer on Design for Reuse

Public Architecture, the firm behind Scrap House, just published a free primer on the topic of material reuse.  The Design for Reuse Primer, funded by the USGBC, includes 15 case studies of all sorts of projects — civic, education, residential, office, retail, interpretive, religious — calculated to show that "material reuse represents one of most creative, exciting, and effective approaches to building green."

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By |September 23rd, 2010|Categories: Materials, News|0 Comments

How to Insulate an Uninsulated House

The folks at GreenovationTV and Old House Web are working on a net-zero energy renovation of a 100-year-old home.  Through the process, they’re posting helpful videos, including this one on insulating uninsulated spaces.  This kind of information is on the money for anyone living in an existing home, especially if you’re like me and you own an old house from 1958!

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By |September 22nd, 2010|Categories: Energy Efficiency|Tags: , , |1 Comment
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