Solar Powered Homes in Sunny SoCal

There’s a massive residential community under construction in Santa Fe Springs in Los Angeles County.  Comstock Homes, developer of The Villages at Heritage Springs, says it’s the largest solar powered community in the nation, which is partially why it’s so interesting.  These California homes come with roof-integrated Sunpower Suntiles, and they’re built for efficiency, too.

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By |July 15th, 2010|Categories: Single Family, Solar, Townhouse|Tags: , |0 Comments

Goodbye Gas Station, Hello WattStation!

As electric vehicles begin to proliferate, GE wants to be there to help you charge up at home or on the road.  With the design assistance of Yves Béhar of fuseproject, the multinational company just released details of the all new GE WattStation.  WattStation has an LED interface and retractable cable to provide a charge in about 4-8 hours, assuming a 24 kWh battery.

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By |July 15th, 2010|Categories: Gadgets|Tags: , , |3 Comments

Lower Cost Green Prefabs from LA

There's a lot of news coming out of the prefab world these days and we thought it was time to mention a new line of modular green homes from Marmol Radziner Prefab called Locomo — or LOwer COst MOdular. With this new line, the company hopes to make “green prefab homes more available to individuals and small families,” said principal Leo Marmol in a statement.

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By |July 14th, 2010|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab|Tags: , , |5 Comments

Lakefront WeeHouse on the East Coast

For those of you on the East Coast, there’s now a weeHouse on Seneca Lake in New York that’s available for rent. The Finger Lakes prefab features a bamboo interior, Kohler fixtures, Anderson windows, and a small footprint carrying 1,000 square feet of space. That’s two bedrooms and two bathrooms and pretty much all the relaxation one could handle.

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By |July 13th, 2010|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Flexible Lightweight Solar by SoloPower

Today SoloPower announced the launch of its inaugural thin-film, CIGS-based solar product called SFX1-i.  The company says SFX1-i is lightweight and flexible, while other outlets, such as Greentech Media, report that the modules have an efficiency of 10.5 to 11 percent. 

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By |July 12th, 2010|Categories: Gadgets, Solar|Tags: |3 Comments

Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities [Giveaway]

To be considered for this random giveaway, leave a comment below through the end of Wednesday, July 14, 2010.*

Island Press, a nonprofit that publishes environmental books from thought leaders, was kind enough to send us a new book by Patrick M. Condon called Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities: Design Strategies for the Post-Carbon World.  Condon starts out with the premise that cities are responsible for 80% of all greenhouse gas emissions and, since cities are the major cause of the problem, builds a set of rules as the solution. 

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By |July 12th, 2010|Categories: book, Giveaways|48 Comments
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