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Lakefront WeeHouse on the East Coast

For those of you on the East Coast, there’s now a weeHouse on Seneca Lake in New York that’s available for rent. The Finger Lakes prefab features a bamboo interior, Kohler fixtures, Anderson windows, and a small footprint carrying 1,000 square feet of space. That’s two bedrooms and two bathrooms and pretty much all the relaxation one could handle.

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By |July 13th, 2010|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab|Tags: , , |0 Comments
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Flexible Lightweight Solar by SoloPower

Today SoloPower announced the launch of its inaugural thin-film, CIGS-based solar product called SFX1-i.  The company says SFX1-i is lightweight and flexible, while other outlets, such as Greentech Media, report that the modules have an efficiency of 10.5 to 11 percent. 

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By |July 12th, 2010|Categories: Gadgets, Solar|Tags: |3 Comments
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Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities [Giveaway]

To be considered for this random giveaway, leave a comment below through the end of Wednesday, July 14, 2010.*

Island Press, a nonprofit that publishes environmental books from thought leaders, was kind enough to send us a new book by Patrick M. Condon called Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities: Design Strategies for the Post-Carbon World.  Condon starts out with the premise that cities are responsible for 80% of all greenhouse gas emissions and, since cities are the major cause of the problem, builds a set of rules as the solution. 

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By |July 12th, 2010|Categories: book, Giveaways|48 Comments
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Toward a Zero Energy Home

To be considered for this random giveaway, leave a comment below through the end of Wednesday, July 14, 2010.*

The authors of Green from the Ground Up, David Johnston and Scott Gibson, recently released a new book called Toward a Zero Energy Home: A Complete Guide to Energy Self-Sufficiency at Home, which the publisher sent to us for review.  Johnson and Gibson explore net zero energy homes of all varieties — bungalows, ranches, craftsmans —  and what it takes to build homes that are healthy, green, and ultra energy-efficient.

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By |July 11th, 2010|Categories: book, Giveaways|64 Comments
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PACE Problems, Rescue Bamboo, Recycled Bricks, + Not Just Passive

More than Passive. Putting the brakes on PACE. Consumer green spending unaffected by recession. Building with new recycled bricks (CalStar). Companies upset about DOE showerhead rule. Smart meters alone not really energy […]

By |July 10th, 2010|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments
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Studio Created with One Prefab Module

A few months ago, we mentioned that PieceHomes was using green pieces, or extra modules, to help people expand or remodel existing homes.  Recently, the company sent an eP: Studio module to Venice, where it was installed above a site-built garage.  It arrived mostly complete — the siding needed to be applied — and was forklifted into place.  Check out the finished interior below …

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By |July 9th, 2010|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab|Tags: , |0 Comments
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