Simple, Modular, Green Yube Cubes

If you’re on a furniture budget and want dead simple storage, perhaps a modular Yube would do the trick.  Each 13″-cubed Yube assembles in a jiff with snap-together sides, steel-frame locks, and corner clips.  The panels are made from sugar cane waste fibers (biodegradable and compostable), while the frame is made of a blend of plastic and bamboo (recyclable).  Yubes can be used as garage storage, a coffee table, a tv stand or anything else.  Cubes sell for about $30 each.
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The Fraser Net-Zero Energy House

In Fraser, Colorado, there’s a new net-zero energy house that was designed with impressive active and passive building technologies.  It’s grid-tied and all-electric, using no fossil fuels thanks to the solar photovoltaics and evacuated tube solar thermal array.  But the house isn’t the only thing powered by the sun.  The 17-kW array also powers two all-electric plug-in vehicles.

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Net-Zero Energy Home in Cupertino

Earth Bound Homes is involved with several ultra-green homes and this one in California deserves a mention.  It was designed by Bill Leddy, LMS Architects, and built by Earth Bound Homes for David and Stephania Kaneda, receiving a Green Point Rated score of 268 and LEED Platinum certification.

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