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Modern Motel 6 Takes LEED Certification

This is the first economy hotel in the nation to obtain LEED certification, according to a recent press release by Accor North America.  Located in Northlake near Texas Motor Speedway, the Motel 6 combines European style rooms, modern detailing, and eco-friendly elements while still remaining economic and approachable.  The green hotel opened in October 2009 and features some of the following green elements:

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By |July 18th, 2010|Categories: Hotel, LEED|1 Comment
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Walkable Suburbs, Wasting Water, Smaller Houses, + Green Leases

Green pools make a splash. Building a smaller house is better. 6 ways you're probably wasting water. Getting the most out of your green lease. New efficient energy code will save a […]

By |July 17th, 2010|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments
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The E.D.G.E. of a Modern Green Home

This modern residence, monastic and fantastic at the same time, is called E.D.G.E., an Experimental Dwelling for a Greener Environment.  It’s small, with 480 square-feet of space, yet the space appears plentiful as it transforms to suit a variety of uses.  Plus it’s beautiful inside and out and has some incredible green elements.

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By |July 16th, 2010|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab, Single Family|Tags: , , |13 Comments
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Solar Powered Homes in Sunny SoCal

There’s a massive residential community under construction in Santa Fe Springs in Los Angeles County.  Comstock Homes, developer of The Villages at Heritage Springs, says it’s the largest solar powered community in the nation, which is partially why it’s so interesting.  These California homes come with roof-integrated Sunpower Suntiles, and they’re built for efficiency, too.

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By |July 15th, 2010|Categories: Single Family, Solar, Townhouse|Tags: , |0 Comments
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Goodbye Gas Station, Hello WattStation!

As electric vehicles begin to proliferate, GE wants to be there to help you charge up at home or on the road.  With the design assistance of Yves Béhar of fuseproject, the multinational company just released details of the all new GE WattStation.  WattStation has an LED interface and retractable cable to provide a charge in about 4-8 hours, assuming a 24 kWh battery.

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By |July 15th, 2010|Categories: Gadgets|Tags: , , |3 Comments
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Lower Cost Green Prefabs from LA

There's a lot of news coming out of the prefab world these days and we thought it was time to mention a new line of modular green homes from Marmol Radziner Prefab called Locomo — or LOwer COst MOdular. With this new line, the company hopes to make “green prefab homes more available to individuals and small families,” said principal Leo Marmol in a statement.

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By |July 14th, 2010|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab|Tags: , , |5 Comments
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