Prefab Eco-Enclave Planned for Toronto


Living Homes today announced the launch of its expansion into Canada with an eco-enclave of four modern homes in North Toronto.  Steve Glenn, founder of Living Homes, was kind enough to share with us some detail of the upscale project, which will be fabricated by Conquest and developed by a new company called Nexterra Green Homes.

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NovuStone Colorful Recycled Surfaces


I first noticed NovuStone at 1105 Dwell, a green development in Seattle. NovuStone is a green surface material made with about 75% recycled content, of which 100% can be post-consumer recycled glass. It’s fabricated in Seattle of locally-sourced materials without steam or pressure curing and available in a variety of sizes and colors.

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Energy-Wise Landscaping Design [Book]

Energy-wise-landscape-design Update: this book giveaway has concluded, thank you all for participating!

When you think about sustainable landscaping, you probably consider water efficiency and using low-maintenance native plantings.  But do you think about energy efficiency?  Cooling the air, cooling the ground, and harnessing the sun, wind, and water?  Landscape architect Sue Reed has put together a comprehensive resource on the topic in Energy-Wise Landscape Design: A New Approach for your Home and Garden.  In the new book by New Society Publishers, Reed explains how to save money and energy, while creating a beautiful and natural landscape.

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Compact and Green: Wave House


This affordable, 1,400 square-foot home is under construction near Reims, France, according to Dezeen.  With a curvy green roof — somewhat similar to the one seen at Birchway Eco-Community — Wave House has a double-skin polycarbonate glass facade and a vegetated surface to shield against summer heat and winter cold . 

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May Green Coverage in Review


Hopefully you're catching a little rest and relaxation while observing this fine Memorial Day holiday.  As is the customary at the end of the month here, I've linked up all of our coverage from May in groupings — Developments & Projects, Prefab & Homes, Technology & Products, and Interesting & Green News — in case you missed something.  Here's the good stuff:

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Container Crossbox with a Green Roof


When using shipping containers for a structure, you'll want to do your homework, but often the results can be stunning, as is the case here.  Located in Brittany, France, Crossbox was built with four containers and topped with greenery.  Two modules cantilever over the other two, but you can hardly tell what's going on as drywall and cladding camouflage the industrial skeleton. 

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