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Affordable Housing Meets LEED Platinum

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Already 70% leased, this impressive 66-unit apartment project, Silver Gardens, is the first affordable housing development in New Mexico that has been designed and built to obtain LEED Platinum certification. Located on a reclaimed brownfield near bus and rail access, Silver Gardens boasts some impressive green elements.

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Micro Recycled Eco-Composite Surface


Meld USA, maker of ecoX, recently launched a new surface material called Micro, which is made with up to 74% pre-consumer recycled content in Raleigh, North Carolina.  The product, which can help contribute toward several LEED credits, is available in slabs of 30" x 96" x 1.5" or in over-sized custom slabs.  Micro can also be custom fabricated into a variety of applications. 

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Tiny House Eco Village for the Homeless


Architect Arthur Dyson is working with construction management students at Fresno State to create an unprecedented “Eco-Village” of tiny homes for homeless folks. The homes will be made of recycled materials – pallet flooring and framing, waterproofed cardboard walls, aluminum can roofing – and some donated materials from Lowe’s, according to The Fresno Bee.

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Blu Launches Spacious Balance Prefab


Blu Homes, a green prefab startup out of Massachusetts, is on a tear with $7 million in new cash and a contemporary set of homes.  Today the company announced its latest design called Balance, which is a 1,632 square foot single-level home that prices from about $270,000.  Balance is factory-built, ships anywhere in the country on two trucks, and unfolds to a spacious 34' wide and 48' long with 16' ceilings. 

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Gardening with Community Solar Power

Often, when you think of solar power, you probably think about utility scale solar plants or solar power generated on a home or building.  But have you heard about community solar, or what may be referred to as a solar garden?  Like a community garden, solar gardens are popping up as an alternative to provide green energy to people and businesses who can’t (or won’t) generate solar power on site.

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