The Earth-Sheltered House [Giveaway]

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We're giving away a copy of this book to one commenter below, so make sure to comment with a valid email before midnight on Friday, July 24, 2009.*

Chelsea Green was kind enough to provide a copy of The Earth-Sheltered House: An Architect's Sketchbook by Malcolm Wells, and I'm glad they did.  The book is full of his sketches with handwritten notes — it feels like I'm reading something that's handwritten just for me.  Wells tells it like it is with his own voice.  He drew me in, and before I knew it, I was already on the last page. 

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Check Out These Greener Jobs

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We've recently launched a green building jobs board, so if you're a company and you want to step out in front of smart, green talent, check out our free listings.  If you're the smart, green talent, check out some of these positions:

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Edible Portland Platinum Green Home

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The last time we mentioned Green Hammer Construction, it was in regards to a nice green renovation, which just so happens to be for sale right now.  These days, the company has just finished building another green home that’s located in West Linn.  The 1,867 square-foot residence is waiting for LEED Platinum certification, an amazing feat even considering the fact that approximately eighteen other homes in Portland have already received the designation.  In some cities, high performance green design and construction is fast becoming the standard.  Here are some of its green features:

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Small, Modern, and Green YardPods

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YardPods are steel-frame, prefab rooms designed to fit snugly in your backyard or somewhere else which are made of modular, eco-friendly parts and materials.  A YardPod, like many of the sheds we've been talking about, can be used in a number of ways, such as for a home office, media room, arts studio, zen retreat, exercise room, work shop, cabana, studio — you name it!  The new company was noticed by Kent Griswold, the Tiny House Blog, and he was able to uncover some interesting details. 

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International Shed of the Year 2009

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Shed spaces of all sizes are popular these days.  Sure, you may run into zoning laws and ordinances, but given the legalities, a well-designed shed space could work perfectly as an affordable office, workshop, or anything else.  So we were interested to learn that We Love Sheds just held an international competition to find the best International Shed of the Year 2009.  Maryland-based entrant Chuck Witmer beat out roughly 186 other shed entries to take this year's prize for THE_SHED.  He built it himself, and it's beautiful.

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