Roof Integrated Solar with Ceramic Tiles

Area Industrie Ceramiche makes a red clay roof tile that the Italian company claims is very resistant to weather and capable of absorbing less water and heat.  But that's just the original tile.  If you go with the "tegolasolare" version, you'll end up with a roof integrated solar solution that's so handsome others may not realize it's wired to generate energy. 


By |June 21st, 2010|Categories: Gadgets, Solar|Tags: |6 Comments

Eco Prefab House Hits Dwell on Design

Reclaimed Space is teaming up with Ecofabulous again to showcase one of their prefabs made from reclaimed materials at Dwell on Design.  The rustic prefab will measure 28′ x 14′ — a little bigger than last year’s 400 square-foot rehab — and built with materials from old deconstructed structures, including an 1830s German farmstead home, in Austin, Texas.


By |June 21st, 2010|Categories: News, Prefab|Tags: , |1 Comment

Helios House Gets LEED Gold in Bend

If you've been to Bend, Oregon — smack dab in the center of the state on the dry side — you know it's a cool place with a ton of outdoor, vacation, and eco-friendly options.  That's why the owners of this vacation rental, Helios NW Eco-House, decided to go ahead and earn LEED Gold certification. It's actually, according to the owners' research, the first vacation rental home in the state to receive this level of certification. 


By |June 20th, 2010|Categories: LEED, Modern design, Single Family|2 Comments

Tracking Energy, Inefficient Builders, Electric Retrofits, + Buying Into Green

An energy-saving air conditioner. Three best ways to become eco-friendly. AIA develops tool to track predicted energy use. DOE launches site for affordable efficient windows. Electricians doing business with five green retrofits. […]

By |June 19th, 2010|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments

Nine Near Carbon Neutral Communities

Popular Science just published an interesting roundup of green communities in an article now titled, "Nine of the World's Most Promising Carbon-Neutral Communities."  You'll recognize several of these communities as we've mentioned them previously.  What's important is the notion that reducing an environmental impact can be ultra effective when done on a large scale.


By |June 17th, 2010|Categories: Land Use, Lists, News|Tags: |2 Comments

Haptik Blends Luxury and Sustainability

In response to a design challenge issued by the USGBC, WATG and IDEO created "Haptik," a sustainable hotel suite that blends sustainability and luxury in a high-tech environment.  The suite, named after a Greek term for experiencing interactions based on touch, won the challenge and was built as a model at HD Expo 2010 last month.  Courtesy of WATG, take a look inside:


By |June 17th, 2010|Categories: Hotel, Modern design|1 Comment

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