School Built with Bottles, Trash, and $3k

This school in the village of Granados in central Guatemala is a fascinating display of ingenuity and recycling.  According to an article in The Oregonian, Peace Corps volunteer Laura Kutner came up with the idea of finishing the construction of a school with the abundance of plastic waste in the area.  With the help of the local community, volunteers from Hug It Forward, and $3,000, the school was completed and painted in a vibrant orange color. 

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By |January 6th, 2010|Categories: Affordable, Recycled|1 Comment

Net Zero Energy Paradigm Homes

After the setting of 13 factory-built boxes and the completion of construction, these net zero energy homes were opened to three low-income families in Lafayette, Colorado.  Referred to as the Paradigm Pilot Project, the development includes one single family home and a duplex.  The project was designed by HB&A Architects and built by All American Homes of Colorado for the Boulder County Housing Authority. 

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By |January 5th, 2010|Categories: Affordable, Single Family, Townhouse|2 Comments

Turn Heads with Natural Bark Shingles

When searching for a green exterior cladding material, you may consider a corrugated, recycled, or composite material.  But if you're really looking to wear environmentalism on your sleeve, natural bark is gaining popularity these days.  The best bark shingles can last 75 years and contain no chemicals.  Recently, Nan Chase, co-author of Bark House Style, recently contributed an interesting article to The Christian Science Monitor about using bark shingles on her new home in Asheville, North Carolina. 

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By |January 5th, 2010|Categories: Materials, Recycled|Tags: |7 Comments

$300 M Eco Neighborhood for Quebec

With the success of Dockside Green on the other side of the country, according to Canwest News Service, Quebec now plans to increase its investment in sustainable development with a $300 million project of 800 environmentally-friendly housing units.  Dubbed Cité Verte, the neighborhood is planned for Quebec City in the Saint-Sacrement neighborhood at the corner of Chemin Sainte-Foy and Avenue Saint-Sacrement. 

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By |January 4th, 2010|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |2 Comments

Picturesque Oceanside Prefab in Oregon

I first noticed this genuine weeHouse on Mrs. French's site last month (see here, here, and here).  The Oceanside Prefab, as it's know, is on a picturesque spot on the Oregon coast and available for rent should you have any interest.  The home was assembled with two 14' x 50' modules by Stratford Homes and designed by none other than Alchemy Architects. 

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By |January 3rd, 2010|Categories: Prefab, Single Family|Tags: , , , |7 Comments

Greener Zoning Codes, Eco-Officers, Water Fighting, + Small Wind Plans

The green top 10 for 2010.  The top ten in green building in 2009. California fight over water is coming to a head. Updating zoning codes to match sustainable mindset. How […]

By |January 2nd, 2010|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments
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