Wisconsin Passive House in the Woods

It’s interesting to see Passive Houses — like the Breezeway House in Millcreek, Utah — gain more and more recognition in both the mainstream media and design and construction circles.  Another project worth keeping an eye on, Passive House in the Woods, is quietly moving forward with carbon neutral ambitions and a goal to be the first Passive House in the state of Wisconsin.

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By |April 27th, 2010|Categories: Modern architecture, Passive House|Tags: , |6 Comments

Modern, Green, Affordable: Studio Shed

A new start up company based out of Boulder is making these Studio Sheds for use as equipment, storage, or office sheds.  They're modern, green, and somewhat affordable with models starting at $4,900 (while the DIY flat-pack kit sells at a small discount).  You purchase the shed, secure the permits, set the foundation, and Studio Shed installs the shed in about 6-8 hours.

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By |April 26th, 2010|Categories: Modern architecture|Tags: , , |3 Comments

Platinum Modern House in South Korea

This Samsung Green Tomorrow project is the first in East Asia to achieve LEED Platinum certification and the first zero-energy house in South Korea, according to project consultant ARUP.  Located in Yongin of the Gyeonggi Province, the project includes a zero-energy home of 4,553 square feet and visitor pavilion of 3,208 square feet with some incredible green features.

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By |April 25th, 2010|Categories: LEED, Modern architecture|Tags: , |4 Comments

Small Wind Debates, Eco Overkill, Greenwash Dangers, + Setting the PACE

Home windmills spin debate. Avoiding greenwash and its dangers. Banks roll out eco-friendly bank branches. Checking sustainability in the hospitality industry. Two new enemies: Solar and PACE programs. Green home appraisals and […]

By |April 25th, 2010|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments

New, Simple, Green: InterModal Design

Due to the popularity of Paul Stankey’s Holyoke Cabin (and what seems to be an increasing interest in shipping container design), the folks at Hive Modular today announced the launch of a new company called InterModal Design with a set of six thoughtful container cabin plans. 

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By |April 23rd, 2010|Categories: Container Design, Modern architecture|Tags: |0 Comments

Clean Green Kitchen Rehab in Twin Cities

Joshua Foss, principal of Thrive Design Studio and ambassador for the Living Building Challenge, recently completed this clean and contemporary kitchen renovation in a home near Theodore Wirth Park.  Foss and the owners went with a color palette that, in the end, resembles nature in many ways.  The light blue walls resemble water or clear blue skies, the steel and aluminum mimic smooth stones, and the cabinets and floors ground the space with wood.

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By |April 23rd, 2010|Categories: Materials, Modern design, Renovation|Tags: , |2 Comments
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