German Prefab Shipping to the States

German HUF Haus makes these beautiful, modern, post-and-beam homes through precision engineering and factory manufacturing.  The homes are expensive but a HUF house is energy efficient, spacious, and high tech.  HUF is a unique participant in the green prefab world with their signature floor-to-ceiling windows and clean lines.

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By |May 6th, 2010|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab|Tags: , , |15 Comments

Putting the Location in LEED

Late last week, you may have heard, the USGBC, NRDC, and CNU officially launched LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND).  The pilot program opened in July 2007 with about 240 participating projects.  Now, with the launch, project teams around the world can register online and get going. 

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By |May 5th, 2010|Categories: LEED, News|Tags: |3 Comments

Design Blooms with these Five Products

In an effort to find truly sustainable and beautiful commercial interior design, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and Interiors & Sources magazine partnered to create the Bloom Awards.  Now in its second year, the winners have just been released and will be recognized at NeoCon next month.  These five products, according to a press release, successfully marry innovation and sustainability in their category.  

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By |May 4th, 2010|Categories: Materials, Modern design, News|1 Comment

Cheap, Green, Efficient Definity LEDs

With Light Fair 2010 next week, there’s a lot of lighting innovation in the pipeline.  Take for instance this news we received from the Lighting Science Group.  They’ve developed new LED lighting — referred to as the Definity LED line — which they say is rigorously tested and relatively affordable.  The lights contain no mercury and are recyclable, dimmable, and long-lasting.

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By |May 3rd, 2010|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Gadgets|Tags: , , |5 Comments

400W Small Wind Turbine [Giveaway]

To be considered for this random giveaway, leave a comment below through the end of Thursday, May 6, 2010.*

After writing about Sam's Club's installation of 17 Skystream turbines in California, we were approached by the company with an opportunity to give away a 400W wind generator.  We jumped at the chance given this could help out one of our readers.  For informational purposes, the micro turbine is available for purchase online at Sam's Club, but at the end of this giveaway, one random commenter will be chosen to receive one for free. 

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By |May 3rd, 2010|Categories: Giveaways, Wind|Tags: , |385 Comments

LEED, Prefab, Apartments: The Modules

Update: Read about recently completed The Modules.

This 72-unit building, The Modules, is under construction near Temple University in Philadelphia.  Designed by Interface Studio Architects, the apartment project includes 60,000 square feet of living space with a green roof, parking for 38 cars, and storage for 50 bikes.  What’s impressive is not just that this will be a prefab, green, contemporary, apartment building, but that it may be the largest modularly-constructed LEED for Homes project in the nation.

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By |May 2nd, 2010|Categories: LEED, Multifamily, Prefab|0 Comments
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