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Delivering Healthy Gen7 Classrooms

We've seen green portable classrooms from Toby Long Design and Frog Zero classrooms from Project Frog, and this Gen7 School from American Modular Systems is an interesting option to add to the mix.  The school is factory-built and delivered about 90% complete with an unbelievable 90-day turnaround.  AMS indicates that the Gen7 classroom could save owners ~$100,000 per year in direct costs *and* will come with a ton of green features:

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By |April 12th, 2010|Categories: Educational, Modern architecture, Prefab|2 Comments
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Modern Green North House in Portland

One home in this three-unit condominium building, The North House, is for sale right now on Vancouver Avenue in Portland, Oregon. The undeniably modern building was designed by William Kaven Architecture and includes reclaimed fir, radiant heat, dual-flush toilets, on-demand hot water, passive heating and cooling, rainscreen siding, and a good location near Mississippi Avenue and Williams Avenue.

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By |April 12th, 2010|Categories: Condo, Modern architecture|Tags: |2 Comments
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SEED Standard, Dead Luxuries, Appraising Green, + Bogus LEEDs

New SEED standard introduced.  It isn't easy building green . Using Passive House in North America. Green building increases risk of construction defects. Green building costs may not appraise as value. […]

By |April 10th, 2010|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments
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The Long Lasting Energy Smart LED

Seems like the old incandescent business is on its last legs these days.  I’m reading news from GE to mean that they’ve come up with an expensive silver bullet for screw-in home lighting.  Due to hit shelves this fall or early 2011, the GE Energy Smart LED replaces 40-watt general service incandescent bulbs with nine watts of consumption, 450 lumens of light, and 25,000 hours of rated life.

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By |April 9th, 2010|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Gadgets|Tags: , , |1 Comment
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The Newsworthy Writing is on the Wall

What's black and blue and all over the wall?  It's Newsworthy, a recycled content wall covering from Weitzner Limited.  Newsworthy is being offered in the company's Spring 2010 collection and, according to the New York Times, sells trade for $125 per yard (47 inches wide).  It's kind of like grasscloth in that 100% real newspaper strips are woven together and paperbacked for application to the wall.  And, as you might imagine, coloring tends to vary. 

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By |April 8th, 2010|Categories: Materials, Recycled|2 Comments
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Platinum Near Net Zero Energy in VA

By looking at the real estate listing for this home, you wouldn’t necessarily get the whole story.  This 3,600 square-foot house has four bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms, not to mention a wine cellar, media room, and detached two-car garage.  What you won’t see is that it’s also a low-energy home and vying for LEED Platinum certification — the highest designation available from the USGBC — according to the Washington Examiner.

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By |April 8th, 2010|Categories: LEED, Single Family|Tags: , |5 Comments
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