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Better Shelter, Sustainability Myths, Recycling Homes, + Lowe's Funding

Five myths about sustainability. The quest for better emergency shelter. Lowe's invests in energy-efficiency startup. Gehry talks LEED and the future of green building. Five reasons why GRI is the next […]

By |June 26th, 2010|Categories: Week in Review|1 Comment
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Modern Green Compact House for All

This tiny house — the L41 House — has been sneaking around the internet over the past few months.  It was on display at the Vancouver Olympics and visitors seemed to take a liking to the 220-square-foot beauty.  Designed by Michael Katz and Janet Corne, L41 House is small, energy efficient, and sacrifices nothing but extraneous space.


By |June 25th, 2010|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab, Single Family|Tags: , , |6 Comments
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Circular Passive House Villa in Sweden

Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture recently let us know of a newly completed Passive House in Borlänge, Sweden.  It’s beautiful, prefabricated, contemporary, and, stating the obvious, circular.  The 1,700 square-foot home features an interior atrium, lake-facing kitchen and living room, and more private bedrooms and bathrooms on the other side of the home.


By |June 23rd, 2010|Categories: Passive House, Single Family|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
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Broken Windshields Now Second Glass

I'm fascinated by Second Glass, a product that was recognized on Sustainable Industries' Top 10 Green Building Products list this year.  Second Glass is a recycled glass product made in Portland of junk or damaged windshields using a patent-pending cold-melted process.


By |June 23rd, 2010|Categories: Materials, Recycled|3 Comments
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Top 10 Green Building Products [2010]

As the magazine does every year, Sustainable Industries has just published its list of the Top 10 Green Building Products of 2010.  Selections are chosen by an esteemed panel of judges — Michelle Kaufmann, Barry Giles, Kris Kimble, and Liz Dunn — based on design aesthetic, environmental performance, compatibility with LEED, and value, scalability/market impact, and innovativeness.  This year, the judges took interest in products that reuse resources or reduce energy.  Here are the top ten:


By |June 22nd, 2010|Categories: Gadgets, Lists, Materials|2 Comments
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Asul: New Adaptable Modern Homes

Before joining forces with Shepley Bulfinch, Merz Project, architect of the Galleries at Turney, had a small paragraph of information on their website about “asul” prefabs planned for “Prescott Community.”  While I never was able to learn any thing new about the endeavor, it turns out that ASUL will debut at Dwell on Design this week.


By |June 22nd, 2010|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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