Green Simplicity with a Preform Prefab

In Surrey (near Vancouver), Canada, a new prefab company is taking shape.  Preform Construction has a 20,000 square-foot factory for building Predesigned Living Units that have been designed by Tony Robins of AA Robins Architect.  The home featured in this article is made with one unit and includes some of the following green elements:

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By |August 28th, 2009|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab|Tags: |10 Comments

Old 1957 Home Gets a New Modern Look

Perched on the east side of the city is this renovated gem at 3602 Apollo.  I saw it a few months ago mid-renovation, and it's hard to miss: floating entry steps, dark mystical brick, expansive new windows, and a modern cedar fence.  Wow!  The home sits on a corner, and that deck provides captivating views of the surrounding mountains and downtown Salt Lake City.  Plus, it's for sale. 

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By |August 27th, 2009|Categories: Modern architecture, Single Family|Tags: |7 Comments

An Efficient Coolerado in the Wild

About two days after hearing that Coolerado had won the Western Cooling Challenge for the hybrid commercial version of this technology, I saw this on a newly built home.  This is what appears to be the M50 Coolerado.  Coolerado says they have the most efficient air conditioning system made — it uses up to 90% less electricity than a traditional air conditioner, depending on the humidity and elevation above sea level.  High and dry works best; see how:

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By |August 26th, 2009|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Gadgets|16 Comments

Going Postal with the Largest Green Roof in New York City

Turner Construction is substantially finished with New York City's largest green roof.  The company, one of the largest green builders in the country, installed plants, grasses, and fourteen benches made of FSC certified lumber for the United States Postal Service (USPS).  The 2.5-acre green roof sits on the Morgan Mail Processing Facility on West 28th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues. 

It's expected to reduce storm water runoff and save ~$30,000 each year in heating and cooling costs.  

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By |August 25th, 2009|Categories: Nature|5 Comments

Breaking Down Building Energy Use

We've all heard the numbers before, but here's a nice little chart with a helpful breakdown of information.  Buildings account for roughly 40% of all U.S. energy use.  Or stated with more particularity, residential buildings account for 22% of all U.S. energy use and commercial buildings account for 18% of all U.S. energy use.  When you parse the numbers out, here's where that energy is used:

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By |August 25th, 2009|Categories: Energy Efficiency|8 Comments

Solaris Style A Modern Green Home

This is a new model home in Daybreak, a planned community in South Jordan (about 35 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City).  With the exception of some urban townhomes and condos, Daybreak homes haven't been modern, but they're all Energy Star.  However, Garbett Homes had some home designs put together by KTGY Group and built two of them as model homes.  This is Style A (see Style B).  These modern homes will be replicated with different interior and exterior options on a street in Daybreak.

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By |August 24th, 2009|Categories: Modern architecture, Single Family|Tags: , |9 Comments
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