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Gardening with Community Solar Power

Often, when you think of solar power, you probably think about utility scale solar plants or solar power generated on a home or building.  But have you heard about community solar, or what may be referred to as a solar garden?  Like a community garden, solar gardens are popping up as an alternative to provide green energy to people and businesses who can’t (or won’t) generate solar power on site.

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By |May 19th, 2010|Categories: Gadgets, Solar|Tags: |3 Comments
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Innovative Lifewall Living Facade Tiles

Earlier this year, Ceracasa unveiled Lifewall, a modular living wall tile for exterior applications made in one square meter panels.  Lifewall was designed by and currently marketed globally by Emilio Llobat of Maqla Architects, Azahar Energy, and Ceracasa.

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By |May 18th, 2010|Categories: Gadgets, Nature|Tags: |3 Comments
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Luxury LEED Townhomes in California

In the high-end home market, some buyers think buying a green property entails a lot of sacrifice and loss of amenities, but maybe this development in Santa Monica can change some of that.  Located minutes from Montana Avenue, 939 Townhomes includes eight luxury green town homes that range in size from 1,853 to 3,009 square feet and in price from about $1,385,000 to $2,229,000. 

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By |May 17th, 2010|Categories: LEED, Townhouse|Tags: |0 Comments
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Rebuilding Shelters with Old Containers

We've seen a lot of effort to provide emergency and long-term shelter for disaster areas.  For Haiti in particular, some groups, like Shipping Container Housing and Green Container International Aid, are trying to reuse shipping containers to get people out of the elements and into something that can withstand hurricane season in a couple short months.  The renderings shown here are from GCIA, who is seeking the donation of containers to construct container cities in the area. 

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By |May 16th, 2010|Categories: Affordable, Container Design, News|4 Comments
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Blu Completes Another Next Gen Prefab

Notwithstanding the much talked about death of prefab, factory-built homes that are energy efficient and made with healthy materials keep finding buyers.  Blu Homes, a prefab startup that just received $7 million from private investors and is opening a new 80,000 square-foot facility in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, built this green home for Rainy Day and Eileen Cullinane in Rhode Island. 

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By |May 15th, 2010|Categories: Prefab, Single Family|Tags: , |2 Comments
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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
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