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Modern Green Compact House for All

This tiny house — the L41 House — has been sneaking around the internet over the past few months.  It was on display at the Vancouver Olympics and visitors seemed to take a liking to the 220-square-foot beauty.  Designed by Michael Katz and Janet Corne, L41 House is small, energy efficient, and sacrifices nothing but extraneous space.

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By |June 25th, 2010|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab, Single Family|Tags: , , |6 Comments
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Circular Passive House Villa in Sweden

Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture recently let us know of a newly completed Passive House in Borlänge, Sweden.  It’s beautiful, prefabricated, contemporary, and, stating the obvious, circular.  The 1,700 square-foot home features an interior atrium, lake-facing kitchen and living room, and more private bedrooms and bathrooms on the other side of the home.

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By |June 23rd, 2010|Categories: Passive House, Single Family|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
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Broken Windshields Now Second Glass

I'm fascinated by Second Glass, a product that was recognized on Sustainable Industries' Top 10 Green Building Products list this year.  Second Glass is a recycled glass product made in Portland of junk or damaged windshields using a patent-pending cold-melted process.

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By |June 23rd, 2010|Categories: Materials, Recycled|3 Comments
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Top 10 Green Building Products [2010]

As the magazine does every year, Sustainable Industries has just published its list of the Top 10 Green Building Products of 2010.  Selections are chosen by an esteemed panel of judges — Michelle Kaufmann, Barry Giles, Kris Kimble, and Liz Dunn — based on design aesthetic, environmental performance, compatibility with LEED, and value, scalability/market impact, and innovativeness.  This year, the judges took interest in products that reuse resources or reduce energy.  Here are the top ten:

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By |June 22nd, 2010|Categories: Gadgets, Lists, Materials|2 Comments
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Asul: New Adaptable Modern Homes

Before joining forces with Shepley Bulfinch, Merz Project, architect of the Galleries at Turney, had a small paragraph of information on their website about “asul” prefabs planned for “Prescott Community.”  While I never was able to learn any thing new about the endeavor, it turns out that ASUL will debut at Dwell on Design this week.

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By |June 22nd, 2010|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
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Roof Integrated Solar with Ceramic Tiles

Area Industrie Ceramiche makes a red clay roof tile that the Italian company claims is very resistant to weather and capable of absorbing less water and heat.  But that's just the original tile.  If you go with the "tegolasolare" version, you'll end up with a roof integrated solar solution that's so handsome others may not realize it's wired to generate energy. 

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By |June 21st, 2010|Categories: Gadgets, Solar|Tags: |6 Comments
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