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RUBBiSH: Old Tires Now a Sink Surface

Minarc recently took an R+D Award from Architect Magazine for this sink made of recycled rubber tires.  RUBBiSH, as it's called, is made through a process whereby tires are melted, stripped of particulates and impurities, and stretched in a lightweight layer over a sub-material to create the surface. RUBBiSH is available in a 1/8 inch sheet of rubber or in a framed option where the product is held in place by two sheets of aluminum at the countertop edge. 

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By |August 24th, 2010|Categories: Materials, Modern design, Recycled|2 Comments
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Flexible Kpod Space from KitHAUS

KitHAUS, a California-based prefab company, recently introduced a tiny new design called the Kpod.  The 117 square-foot structure is made with bolt-together aluminum framing, SIPs, dual-glazed windows, cement board siding, and either a wood or steel clad sliding barn door.  KitHAUS specially designed a solar power and HVAC system for the Kpod, though solar is not included in the sub-$20,000 price tag.  Perfect for shedworking, Kpod is ideal as a backyard studio, workout space, or something similar.

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By |August 23rd, 2010|Categories: Prefab|Tags: , |1 Comment
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Easy Plug-In Solar from Clarian Power

Clarian Power, a start up from Seattle, is on a mission to help homeowners everywhere generate energy from renewable energy.  The company developed a proprietary power module that plugs into an existing outlet.  In other words, their Sunfish solar product, which is slated for retail availability next year, installs without a dedicated electrical panel and does not require contractors, installers, or additional wires. 

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By |August 23rd, 2010|Categories: Gadgets, Solar|Tags: |6 Comments
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Clayton Homes Previews i-house 2.0

Clayton Homes turned the prefab world upside down last year when it announced the i-house, a modern, green prefab with an approachable price tag.  I-house has been insanely popular and installed in various locations.  And it turns out that the company is nearing the release of a new version of green prefab, i-house 2.0, which will have an enhanced front entry, warm and natural exterior materials, and more interior space to accommodate families.

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By |August 22nd, 2010|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab|Tags: , , , |4 Comments
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Hubless Cities, Efficiency Understood, Farming Madness, + Safe Rainwater

Choosing green building products. Vertical farming is the latest madness. Lodging industry puts brakes on eco-friendly ideas. Public underestimates savings from energy efficiency. How to safely capture and use rainwater. Learning to […]

By |August 21st, 2010|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments
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Taking the Pulse of Green Consumers

The Shelton Group recently conducted a survey of green consumers (i.e, those that buy and consider green products) and published its findings in a report called Green Living Pulse 2010.  Aiming to provide a comprehensive analysis of green consumers, Green Living Pulse focuses on who these consumers are, what drives them, and how to identify them.

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By |August 20th, 2010|Categories: News|1 Comment
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