Since we last mentioned his efficient home built for under $70,000, Caleb Schafer's been quite busy. He has a new website for Simple Modern Homes with a number of new home designs. He's also doing new work with new clients, and one home in particular looks interesting. Referred to as CL24, the design is for a 2,000 square-foot green home in Canyon Lake, Texas.
In a forthcoming keynote address to the Green Cities conference of the Green Building Council of Australia, green building guru Jerry Yudelson intends to tackle a important concern in the sustainable building world: performance. His keynote, entitled “If it doesn’t perform, it’s not green,” is at the center of a hot button topic that seems to be taking on new fervor these days.
You’ve probably already seen this toilet and sink combination before. It’s the W+W – short for washbasin and watercloset – from Roca. The product, currently available overseas, reuses waste water from the sink in the discharge of the cistern, which helps it reduce water usage by up to 25% compared to a standard 6/3 liter dual-flush toilet.
- Perspectives on sustainability.
- About the new 10 million solar roofs bill.
- NY panel suggests 100 ways buildings can be greener.
- EPA and DOE form State Energy Efficiency Action Network.
- Economy forces a holistic view of corporate responsibility.
- Seattle bends the rules for up to 12 living buildings.
- Los Angeles might require rainwater capture.
- Fly ash designation could be problematic.
A little over a month ago, this home received the first LEED Platinum certification for a home in the state of Indiana. Located in Franklin, the 2,000 square-foot contemporary residence has three bedrooms and two bathrooms for a family of three and a dog. Castalia Homes built the home, which has a number of green features.
Despite the fact that we are now living in the 21st century, aerogel insulation seems like a material out of science-fiction. It is the lightest solid known, although by volume it is 99% air. It is breathable, but it doesn't absorb water. It is incredibly strong for its weight. But most importantly, it is a fantastic insulator.