TRIO Modern Eco Home by Sustain

Sustain Design Studio, based out of Toronto, makes contemporary prefab green homes, including the popular miniHome.  They’re small and approachable in price terms but require no sacrifice of style.  This home, the 12×36 TRIO, currently located in Brighton, Ontario, has about 400 square-feet of living space, including a master bedroom, kitchen with open living space, and a bathroom.

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By |March 16th, 2010|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab|Tags: , , |4 Comments

Next Gen Whole House Energy Monitor

Most of the energy monitoring tools on the market right now gather aggregate information about the overall electricity use of a home.  But the new eMonitor from PowerHouse Dynamics could change all this with circuit level monitoring.  The eMonitor solution combines hardware, software, and service elements to provide home electricity use, electricity cost, and carbon footprint information by the minute.  Past and present information is then available online and on the iPhone (starting in about Q2 2010). 

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By |March 16th, 2010|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Gadgets|8 Comments

Joshua Tree Gets a New Desert Prefab

Nearly two years ago, I followed reports by Curbed LA, which was tracking the sale of the Office of Mobile Design's ShowHouse.  At the time, the one-bedroom, one-bathroom home was listed at $175,000, and I always wondered what happened with it — until the other day when Allison Arieff tweeted a photo of the Jennifer Siegal-designed structure on a beautiful desert lot.  The 720 square-foot portable house found a new home. 

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By |March 15th, 2010|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab, Single Family|7 Comments

iPhone Love for Schlage LiNK App

You've probably seen one of the latest Apple commercials.  The husband turns to his wife and asks, "Did we turn off the lights."  The savvy wife, with her iPhone and Schlage LiNK app, responds with something like, "WE turned off the lights," while she does the same on her phone without her husband's help.

The commercial caught my attention, and I wanted to see what kind of capabilities this Schlage LiNK app had.  Turns out the system is powered by Z-Wave technology to smarten typically unintelligent aspects of living.  Some of the things you can do include:

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By |March 14th, 2010|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Gadgets|0 Comments

Sizing Sustainability, Eco Hypocrisy, Financing Problems, + Paying for Green

How green is my mansion? Green homes face financing difficulties. What makes green building products green? Deep-energy retrofits take root in homes. Paying for green with a guaranteed ROI. Restaurants get a […]

By |March 13th, 2010|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments

New Green WeeHouse Set in New York

A few months ago, Alchemy set this weeHouse in Dundee, New York, and it's now complete.  The two-bedroom, two-bathroom home sits at the end of a private road on Seneca Lake.  On the exterior, the prefab has corrugated steel siding, while on the interior, there's bamboo flooring and wall wrap, doors and windows made with FSC-certified wood, and Energy Star appliances. 

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By |March 12th, 2010|Categories: Prefab, Single Family|Tags: , |0 Comments
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