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Vertical Farm Concept: Eco-Laboratory

In 2008, we first looked at this Eco-Laboratory concept for a living building, which won the Natural Design Talent Competition in 2008.  Designed by a team from Weber Thompson, the Eco-Laboratory is now featured in a short film that explains the benefits of vertical farming. 

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By |May 14th, 2010|Categories: Land Use|2 Comments
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Sylvania Intros Sleek Ultra Bright LED

Announcements from LightFair this week lit up the news world.  Lighting Science Group introduced cheap 40-watt and 60-watt replacement Definity LEDs, while Philips unveiled a brighter, more expensive 60-watt replacement EnduraLED.  Not content with sitting the sidelines, Osram Sylvania today announced a bright 60-watt replacement LED that outputs 810 lumens.

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By |May 13th, 2010|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Gadgets|Tags: , , |5 Comments
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New Passive House in North Carolina

Update 3/31/2011: The First Passive House in North Carolina.

Recently we caught wind of a Passive House under construction in North Carolina. Chris Senior, certified Passive House consultant, along with his company Anchorage Building Corporation, the contractor, sent us these media files and a note that the home will be on the Raleigh area NAHB National Green Building Home Tour on May 15 and 22.

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By |May 13th, 2010|Categories: Passive House|Tags: , |4 Comments
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Philips Unveils 60W Replacement LED

Today, Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG) announced the industry’s first replacement for a 60-watt incandescent light bulb.  The EnduraLED light screws in just like an incandescent and only uses 12 watts of power while providing 806 lumens.

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By |May 12th, 2010|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Gadgets|Tags: , , |8 Comments
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Plant Walls for Vibrant Green Spaces

The folks at Plant Solutions installed this vibrant living wall in a conference room of their Scottsdale office. The TerraScreen Living Wall is made with two 4'x4' panels, which are made with a black, powder-coated, galvanized steel wire, and brackets that attach to the wall. The panels protrude a little less than five inches from the wall.

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By |May 12th, 2010|Categories: Modern design, Vegetation|Tags: , |1 Comment
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Prefabulous + Sustainable

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

Abrams was kind enough to send us a copy of Sheri Koones’ most recent book on modular homes, Prefabulous and Sustainable.  Considering we’ve published over 250 articles on various green prefabs, you can say this book is right up our alley.  Indeed, it’s a veritable treasure trove of inspiration for prefab enthusiasts and well worth the cover price of $25.

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By |May 12th, 2010|Categories: book, Giveaways, Prefab|76 Comments
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