Smart Green Homes from Minimalist+

Generally speaking, traditional construction can be inefficient and wasteful, while prefab construction can be non-local and expensive.  Somewhere in between, you might imagine, is a potential sweet spot where homes can be built in a smart, green, approachable, and modern way.  That’s what a Portland team is trying to do with Minimalist+ and their new SiteFab building process.


By |August 10th, 2010|Categories: Prefab|Tags: |1 Comment

Traditional Passive House in Oregon

This is the first Passive House certified new house on the West Coast (joining a California remodel in the Pacific Coast certification club).  The traditional home, located in Salem, Oregon, was built with a number of green materials by Bilyeu Homes, Inc.  It's also airtight, ultra-insulated, and very energy efficient — as are other Passive Houses we've discussed in Utah, Kansas, and Louisiana.


By |August 9th, 2010|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Passive House, Single Family|Tags: |8 Comments

Green Mistakes, Arboreal Architecture, Surface Cooling, + Design for Resale

Home for life. Moving toward cool surfaces. Is environmentalism a luxury good? McDonough on Cradle to Cradle design. Circular prefab: hip to be round. Getting it right in New Orleans. Costly green […]

By |August 7th, 2010|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments

LEED Platinum Remodel in Wilmington

With 113.5 points, this North Carolina home is one of the greenest remodels ever certified by the LEED for Homes program, according to EcoHome Magazine.  Architect Jay DeChesere led the Wilmington project which diverted 91% of construction waste and secured a HERS rating of 28 post-renovation.  You’ll have to admit these are some stellar numbers!


By |August 6th, 2010|Categories: LEED, Renovation, Single Family|Tags: , |2 Comments

Net Zero Playhouse in Orange County

One of the entries this year in Project Playhouse, an annual fundraiser by HomeAid, is a net-zero playhouse called the Ocean Adventure Lab.  The structure, designed by LPA Inc. and built by Turner Construction, will be auctioned off in early September.  In the mean time, it's on display at the Irvine Spectrum Center illustrating a number of sustainable elements. 


By |August 6th, 2010|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |13 Comments

Dune Wall Tiles by urbanproduct

Stephen Lindsay has been working on the launch of these fascinating tiles made of walnut, plaster, and concrete. Dune tiles are eight inches square and protrude about two inches from the wall surface. They’re distributed through urbanproduct (though the company is looking for U.S. distributors) and made with natural pigments and a soya-based finish.


By |August 5th, 2010|Categories: Materials, Modern design|Tags: |1 Comment

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