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Aria Denver Plans Clean Green Living

Aria Unit D

Every now and then, Michelle Kaufmann gives us a rendering or a glimpse of a development she’s working on in Colorado.  Part of the development involves the design of new housing for the Sisters of St. Francis.  The other part is a private, multifamily townhouse development adjacent to the Sisters’ housing.  The townhouse community called Aria Denver promises to bring clean, green, and pure living to northwest Denver starting in 2009.

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Ideabox Debuts Green Prefab Island Cottage at Seattle Home Show

Island Cottage by Ideabox

The Seattle Home Show opens its doors today at Qwest Field and ideabox will be debuting a brand new design called the Island Cottage.  The 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 625 square-foot home was designed as a recreational cottage for places like the San Juan Islands, a home for small footprint urban infill, or an ancillary living space for an accessory dwelling unit.  Like all ideabox models, the Island Cottage is certified by Energy Star and Earth Advantage programs — all materials are selected for resource efficiency and performance. 

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Blu Homes Moving Forward with Modern, Green, and Affordable Homes

Blue River House

When we first brought news of Blu Homes in July, the company was on the cusp of something interesting.  Since our first article, they've been busy with plans to design and build innovative, sustainable homes.  They've also been crunching the numbers and working on ways to design and build prefab homes that are legitimately affordable.  And with all the talk recently about prefab and affordability, we thought it'd be interesting to revisit a couple development projects of Blu Homes.  They have two homes in the pipeline that, I think, illustrate the case for affordable, modern, and green homes.

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Will There Be One Global Green Building Standard to Rule Them All?

Planet Plenty by Weef Kichards

This article was written by Phil Clark who blogs about green building and development in the UK at Zerochampion.  Make sure to come back after visiting his site …

Will there ever be one green building standard to rule them all?  It’s an interesting question given the explosion of new ones that are emerging around the globe: in the past month news has reached us over here of a new standard planned by the recently German Sustainable Building Council (this was discovered by Building Sustainability columnist and U.S. expert Jerry Yudelson, a reference of which is in this article) and of a new guide for eco-friendly projects in New Zealand.

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The Rammed Earth House [Giveaway]

Rammedearthhouse If you’re even slightly interested in natural building, earth construction, or green design, you should probably read The Rammed Earth House by David Easton.  We’re giving away our copy provided by Chelsea Green, so leave a comment before midnight Friday, October 17, if you’d like to be entered for the giveaway.*  Chock full of helpful and colorful photos by Cynthia Wright, The Rammed Earth House is a fantastic read.  Easton and Wright founded Rammed Earth Works (REW Associates) and over the past thirty years, they’ve designed and built more than 200 residential and commercial rammed earth structures around the world.  With all this experience in a form of construction that dates back to prehistoric times, Easton enunciates the case for earth building and rammed earth houses rather cleverly:  they’re quiet, comfortable, sturdy, durable, timeless, natural, and locally made. 

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