LSG Seeks Top Prize with New LED Bulb

Today Lighting Science Group unveiled a new 60-watt replacement LED bulb that “meets or exceeds all of the criteria for the L Prize,” according to CTO Fred Maxik.  If you’re not familiar with the competition, in order to win, the lamp must run better than 90 watts per lumen, produce more than 900 lumens, use less than 10 watts, last more than 25,000 hours, have more than a 90 color rendering index, and have a color between 2700-3000 K.

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By |March 7th, 2011|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Gadgets|Tags: , , |3 Comments

Low-Cost Prefabs Land in Santa Monica

Several years ago, the City of Santa Monica bought Mountain View Mobile Home Park in order to preserve it for affordable housing.  The city upgraded the infrastructure and recently sent out an RFP to replace 20 travel trailers and mobile homes with more energy-efficient, safe, contemporary, manufactured homes.  Santa Monica eventually awarded the contract to Golden West Homes in partnership with Marmol Radziner Prefab.

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By |March 7th, 2011|Categories: Affordable, Prefab|Tags: , , |12 Comments

Passive Benefits, Slashing Energy, Plumbing Revenge, + New Energy Star

Revenge of the low-flow toilet.
How to slash building energy use.
Passive House method has many benefits.
It makes sense to invest in new technology.
Couple builds prefab home of the future.
Energy Star v3 to get more stringent.
From Passive […]

By |March 5th, 2011|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments

New miniHome Gets a Fresh Modern Look

You’ve probably already seen miniHome – a small, mobile, eco-friendly prefab built with clean lines and modern elements – which has been featured all over the news and television.  Sustain Design Studio, a Toronto firm behind the home, just launched a redesigned miniHome to be built in the company’s newly established factory in Bracebridge, Ontario.  The new miniHome is lighter, better, and more affordable.

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By |March 4th, 2011|Categories: Prefab|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

Vote for Your Favorite Green Blog

I’m happy to say we’ve been nominated as Best Green Blogger in the 2011 JDR Industry Blogger Awards.  It’s nice to be in the same company with some stiff competition such as the Seattle Daily […]

By |March 4th, 2011|Categories: Weblogs|11 Comments

Low Profile Tubular Skylight by Velux

Velux makes some great products for drawing natural light indoors.  The company recently introduced a new, low-profile, flat-glass Sun Tunnel skylight at IBS 2011, and it will be available later this year.  Already in use in Europe, the new skylight trades the bulbous, dome-style, roof model for a sleek, more modern, less noticeable look.

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By |March 3rd, 2011|Categories: Solar|Tags: , |5 Comments
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