Wattvision Joins Energy Monitor Fray

A new company, Wattvision, is rolling out a beta version of an energy monitoring system, and it seems promising.  The company is selling the Wattvision Sensor for $199 (currently only $149 with the code “wvbetablog”), which can be applied to compatible digital meters.  With an online account at Wattvision and the sensor installed, you can start monitoring electricity usage online, on your phone, or through email reports.

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By |December 11th, 2009|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Gadgets|Tags: , |2 Comments
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Blu Launches Origin Folding Prefab

Early this month, Blu Homes announced the launch of their new product line dubbed Origin.  As you can see below, Origin is built using Blu’s folding technology, which allows the company to ship homes nationally, and then unfold them to widths up to 17-20 feet.  It’s an interesting take on factory-built construction.  And Blu just delivered four Origins to the new late night talk show Lopez Tonight in Burbank, California.

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By |December 10th, 2009|Categories: Prefab, Single Family|Tags: , |4 Comments
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Recycled Container Parsonage in LA

Recently, Peter DeMaria, AIA, of DeMaria Design, this month received an award from the South Bay/Long Beach Chapter of the AIA for his design of the East LA Four Square Church Parsonage.  The project was built using a hybrid form of traditional stick frame construction and seven recycled cargo containers. 

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By |December 9th, 2009|Categories: Container Design, Modern architecture|3 Comments
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Oak Park Garage Exudes Style and Sustainability

Tom Bassett-Dilley recently sent us these photos of his prototype green garage on a 30' wide lot in south Oak Park, Illinois.  The garage was built with FSC-certified lumber, a salvaged concrete slab, locally produced recycled content steel siding, and salvaged cedar siding.  There's also a Live Roof green roof, which was designed to channel water into rain barrels for collection. 

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By |December 8th, 2009|Categories: Modern architecture, Nature|4 Comments
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Top 15 Green Products [ED+C Magazine]

At the end of each year, Environmental Design + Construction magazine reviews products mentioned in its New+Notable and Products Focus sections.  The magazine next examines these products for the fifteen that received the most reader requests.  ED+C's 2009 Top Products contains a number of entries designed to save water or manage water.  You've probably seen some of these products already, whether on BuildingGreen's Top-10 Green Building Products list or in our green materials archives.  If not, check these out:

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By |December 7th, 2009|Categories: Materials, News, Recycled|3 Comments
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Water in Design, LEED Leading, Building Commissioning, + Local Materials

The value of building commissioning. 17% of new homes get Energy Star seal. Report focuses role of water in sustainable design. Solar panels sometimes don't mix with HOAs. The Green Tragedy: […]

By |December 5th, 2009|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments
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