PowerMeter Empowers Electricity Users

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Google is testing a prototype product that they've dubbed the PowerMeter, which is designed to convey electricity use information to electricity users.  PowerMeter is premised on the famous phrase by Lord Kelvin: "If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it."  Accordingly, the PowerMeter takes energy consumption information from your smart meter and gives it to you in real time using the iGoogle gadget.  It's a dead simple concept — certainly the most low hanging of low hanging fruit.  An absolute no-brainer that's important and more crucial than ever. 

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B-Line Small and Stylishly Green Prefab

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This B-Line Small was designed by Hive Modular and completed within the last year.  Hive has a variety of home models in various sizes, and they can be designed with a flat or pitched roof.  As you can see here, this home features a pitched roof, which provides some passive benefits; the home maximizes southern exposure, sits lightly with a small, 1410 square-foot plan, and takes advantage of an urban infill lot.  In addition, the modern modular home has some other common green elements:

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Form & Forest Flat Pack Cabins

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This is the Cowboy by Form & Forest, a company planning to launch on February 19th with a full set of flat pack prefab cabins.  One of their first designs is the Cowboy — it's perfectly small at 635 square feet and comes with a kitchen, dining room, living room, bedroom, bathroom, laundry, and covered porch.  With designs commissioned from D'Arcy Jones Design, Form & Forest plans to launch other cabins in various sizes up to about 1559 square feet.  The cabins are shipped flat as pre-assembled panels, and Form & Forest anticipates this will save time and waste in the construction process. 

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Bardessono Near Zero Energy Luxury Inn

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This new, luxury inn and spa just opened last week in Yountville, California, a small town in Napa County named after one of the first guys to establish a vineyard in the area.  The 62-unit boutique getaway includes a spa with four treatment rooms, rooptop infinity pool, fine dining restaurant, and meeting spaces.  Designed by WATG, the inn also features unique indoor/outdoor features such as private courtyards for guests and private outdoor showers. 

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Green Loans, Dubious LEED Claims, Home Redesign, + The Stimulus

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Reclaimed Corrugated Cardboard Design

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This sculpture art by Mark Langan is pretty interesting.  Mark reclaims corrugated cardboard boxes, cuts them, and creates all sorts of formations, including logos, statements, and images.  His creations are so full of texture and life — I imagine one of these could be the perfect piece to complement your green business, green building, and green policies.  These sculptural pieces would certainly give you the opportunity to talk about company sustainable policies and initiatives.

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