Food Recycling, Smarter Skinning, Healthy Ungreen, + Water Footprints

Neighborhood tests food recycling. Are green buildings always healthy? Giving green buildings a smarter skin.   Five sustainability tips for small businesses. Green practices conflict with homeowners associations. Green home guidelines will sunset […]

By |May 15th, 2010|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments

Vertical Farm Concept: Eco-Laboratory

In 2008, we first looked at this Eco-Laboratory concept for a living building, which won the Natural Design Talent Competition in 2008.  Designed by a team from Weber Thompson, the Eco-Laboratory is now featured in a short film that explains the benefits of vertical farming. 

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By |May 14th, 2010|Categories: Land Use|2 Comments

Sylvania Intros Sleek Ultra Bright LED

Announcements from LightFair this week lit up the news world.  Lighting Science Group introduced cheap 40-watt and 60-watt replacement Definity LEDs, while Philips unveiled a brighter, more expensive 60-watt replacement EnduraLED.  Not content with sitting the sidelines, Osram Sylvania today announced a bright 60-watt replacement LED that outputs 810 lumens.

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By |May 13th, 2010|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Gadgets|Tags: , , |5 Comments

New Passive House in North Carolina

Update 3/31/2011: The First Passive House in North Carolina.

Recently we caught wind of a Passive House under construction in North Carolina. Chris Senior, certified Passive House consultant, along with his company Anchorage Building Corporation, the contractor, sent us these media files and a note that the home will be on the Raleigh area NAHB National Green Building Home Tour on May 15 and 22.

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By |May 13th, 2010|Categories: Passive House|Tags: , |4 Comments

Philips Unveils 60W Replacement LED

Today, Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG) announced the industry’s first replacement for a 60-watt incandescent light bulb.  The EnduraLED light screws in just like an incandescent and only uses 12 watts of power while providing 806 lumens.

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By |May 12th, 2010|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Gadgets|Tags: , , |8 Comments

Plant Walls for Vibrant Green Spaces

The folks at Plant Solutions installed this vibrant living wall in a conference room of their Scottsdale office. The TerraScreen Living Wall is made with two 4'x4' panels, which are made with a black, powder-coated, galvanized steel wire, and brackets that attach to the wall. The panels protrude a little less than five inches from the wall.

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By |May 12th, 2010|Categories: Modern design, Vegetation|Tags: , |1 Comment
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