InFuez, Inc., the maker of Fuez solid slab surfaces, is being mentioned more and more these days (first noticed in the Portland SIPs House). Fuez is made of low-carbon cement, curbside recycled glass, and a natural aggregate in a facility that’s 100% wind powered in Portland. Fuez can contribute to up to 5 LEED credits and can be used as tiles, flooring, or countertops. It’s a handsome product and pricing is competitive with, if not more affordable than, traditional stones and other recycled content products.
The architect and company that brought us the Bike Arc modular bike park system is now behind the House Arc modular system. House Arc was designed by Joseph Bellomo and the prototype shown in this article is being finished for a client in Hawaii. The modular home is built with a lightweight frame of steel tubes and set on a few concrete blocks. When finished, it's supposed to be strong enough to withstand tropical winds and weather.
It's crazy to think we're now cruising through the new year. It's also sad to think about the tragedy that hit Haiti. As the world continues to turn, we'll keep talking about the most important stories that somehow touch on green building. We also want to thank our sponsor, Green Build Post, a green building forum that's documenting several industry trends, including the construction of a green, modular New World Home in The Hamptons, New York. Here's a summary of last month's coverage, if you missed anything:
- The grassroots efforts of using gray water.
- How to avoid the legal pitfalls of green marketing.
- Sustainable design needs more than bells and whistles.
- Green materials sector is gaining attention and growing fast.
- SEC to require disclosure of climate change risks.
- Study finds that white roofs reduce urban heat.
- The ever expanding green toolbox.
- Is your house making you sick?
According to the Miami Herald, architect Andrés Duany has created a temporary house — referred to as the "core-house" — that can be made of a strong, composite material and flat pack shipped to Haiti. The prefab houses sleep eight, if arranged with the bunk beds, and can expand with additional core units. Duany believes they could be built affordably in order to provide a temporary shelter from the elements and rain.
Not much has changed since our last update on the Honeywell Wind Turbine, except WindTronics released this video showing the gearless blade tip system at work. It’s spinning nicely, and the company claims it can start generating energy at winds speeds as low as 2 mph (and up to 42 mph). The $5,995, soon-to-be-launched small wind turbine can produce up to 2000 kWh/yr in class 3 winds and up to 2752 kWh/yr in class 4 winds.