Efficient Simple Modern Home for $150k

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. 

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By |February 8th, 2010|Categories: Affordable, Modern architecture, Single Family|Tags: |4 Comments

If It Doesn’t Perform, It’s Not Green!

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. 

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By |February 8th, 2010|Categories: LEED, News|3 Comments

Waste Not with a Combo Sink Toilet

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.

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By |February 8th, 2010|Categories: Fixtures, Water Efficiency|Tags: |4 Comments

Fly Ash Concerns, Greener Ways, Living Incentives, + 10 Million Solar Roofs

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 […]

By |February 6th, 2010|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments

First LEED Platinum Home in Indiana

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.

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By |February 5th, 2010|Categories: LEED, Single Family|Tags: |2 Comments

Ultra-Thin Super Insulation with Aerogel

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.

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By |February 4th, 2010|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Materials|Tags: |36 Comments
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