Lumboo Engineered Bamboo Lumber

While we’re talking about bamboo, another product worth keeping an eye on is this bamboo dimensional lumber from Cali Bamboo.  The San Diego-based company says the product, Lumboo, is the “world’s first engineered bamboo dimensional lumber,” made with 100% compressed bamboo and a low-VOC resin. It can be used for fences and a variety of other applications.


By |July 6th, 2010|Categories: Materials|Tags: , |5 Comments

Wavy Solar Integrated Studio House

Lamboo, Inc., a maker of architectural bamboo products out of Illinois, has this concept studio featured on their website.  Lamboo Studio is made with several different Lamboo products, including bamboo interior paneling, custom bamboo furniture, bamboo content in windows and doors, and laminated structural bamboo in the roof and floor.  Illustrating several uses for these bamboo products, the 304 square-foot tiny home has a wavy aluminum roof with integrated Uni-Solar panels and a composting toilet for off-grid living. 


By |July 5th, 2010|Categories: Materials, Single Family, Solar|5 Comments

Green Acoustics, Endangered PACE, Passive Traction, + Auto Dependency

Green building acoustics. Downsizing: how to build a tiny house. New approaches to water conservation. Fannie and Freddie threaten PACE loans. Perception vs. reality: the cost of green building. Is the problem […]

By |July 3rd, 2010|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments

Green Prefab Maxwell by Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever, a Florida-based company with an office in California, makes some slick green structures that can be used as weekend retreats, home offices, extra bedrooms, sheds, and anything else along these lines. Shown here is the Maxwell Cabin. It’s a 320 square-foot model that sells from $32,500, depending on options.


By |July 2nd, 2010|Categories: Prefab|Tags: , |1 Comment

Light Bulbs Get a New Nutrition Label

A couple weeks ago, the FTC released a final rule relating to new labels for light bulb packaging.  The labels are designed to help consumers understand the differences between traditional incandescent, compact fluorescent (CFL), and light emitting diode (LED) bulbs. They’re also supposed to help consumers save money and energy, which is, after all, the ultimate goal with new technology.


By |July 2nd, 2010|Categories: Energy Efficiency, News|Tags: , |4 Comments

New Portable Solar Powered Carports

Seems like a rare situation when a person will need both a carport and solar panels on top of the carport — as opposed to on the house or somewhere else.  But assuming the stars align and you're in the market, Phat Energy wants to be there to help you out.  The company just unveiled their prototype PHATport 350 in the outdoor section of Dwell on Design 2010.


By |July 1st, 2010|Categories: Gadgets, Solar|Tags: |5 Comments

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