Marin Gets a Platinum Hillside House


This home is the first LEED Platinum home in Marin, according to the Marin Blog of the San Francisco Chronicle.  It was designed by SB Architects and built by McDonald Construction & Development, the same firm behind the LEED Platinum Margarido House.  The rich and contemporary residence spans four levels on a hill and incorporates a number of green elements, such as:

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Ideabox Launches Urban Series Prefabs


It seems like the winter is when prefab companies tinker with offerings.  For example, Blu Homes just launched Evolution, Rocio Romero launched the stackable LV2, PieceHomes launched extraPieces, and LivingHomes launched wood frame construction nationally.  Ideabox, an Oregon-based prefab company that recently launched the new Fortino, is revamping their lineup with the new Urban Series. 

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The Shedworking Revolution [Giveaway]


To be considered for this giveaway, leave a comment below by the end of Thursday, April 8, 2010.*

Shedworking, a term coined by freelancer Alex Johnson, refers to the art of working from home in a shed-like space separate from the house.  Johnson has been at the forefront of this movement with his popular Shedworking site.  He's also the author of a book on the topic, which is due to hit the shelves in June 2010.  We've been granted early access to Shedworking: The Alternative Workplace Revolution and will give it away as part of this comment contest. 

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Ultra Efficient, Affordable, and Platinum


G•O Logic, a design-build collaboration of architect Matthew O’Malia and builder Alan Gibson, has been working on a prototype home with considerable aspirations.  When complete, Gibson and O’Malia hope the net-zero energy home receives both Passive House and LEED Platinum certification.  The Belfast home has about 1,500 square feet of space and could go on the market for a price as low as $225,000, according to The Maine Public Broadcasting Network.

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Simple Green Harpoon House in Oregon


Oregonians Matt Kirkpatrick and Katherine Bovee have been working hard this last year on the Harpoon House, a simple efficient home in Portland that's expected to achieve LEED Platinum certification.  The 28-foot tall home has one bedroom, one bathroom, a root cellar, and a roof garden.  Specifically, there's 1152 square feet of living space and a 433 square foot roof garden space. 

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