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Maison IDEKIT Quebec Container Home

Using seven recycled shipping containers, architect Bernard Morin and wife Joyce Labelle built this contemporary residence in St. Adele, Quebec.  The home is the first of many to come for their new company, Maison Idekit, which will help homeowners turn containers into architecturally unique, and inexpensive, homes.  The company has two more residential projects set to break ground in the next couple months using a total of twelve container modules.

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By |June 29th, 2009|Categories: Container Design, Modern architecture|Tags: |25 Comments
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Reclaimed Prefab Auctioned for $75k

After nine bids on eBay, some lucky duck ended up with a reclaimed prefab for $75,100.  The prefab was built by Reclaimed Space for Dwell on Design and the proceeds went to both Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles and Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity.  Ecofabulous created the interior using a number of stylish, green products.  According to the eBay listing, this 400 square foot home included the following:

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By |June 28th, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: , , |6 Comments
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Unworkable Prefab, Green Demolition, Compost Mandate + Dead Eco-towns

Prefab houses don't work. New lives for old buildings. Does green building have to break the bank? San Francisco enacts mandatory composting law. Six bright ideas for the future of energy. Who […]

By |June 27th, 2009|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments
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LionForce ecoLiving Custom Green Home

San Antonio-based LionForce built this efficient home as a prototype for their ecoLiving System — a web-based configurator that will help homeowners design homes and build them through a national network of certified building partners.  LionForce says their homes are efficient, healthy, low-maintenance, quickly constructed, and cost effective.  This first prototype home, the T-2 home, has already received a 2009 Green Building Award from the City of San Antonio (in the custom home under 2,200 square feet category). 

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By |June 25th, 2009|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Single Family|Tags: , |9 Comments
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Top 10 Green Building Products [2009]

As the magazine does every year, Sustainable Industries has just published its list of the Top 10 Green Building Products of 2009.  Selections are chosen based upon environmental performance, scalability / market impact, innovation, design aesthetic, value, and compatibility with LEED.  Download the guide at Sustainability Industries.  Here are the top ten:

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By |June 25th, 2009|Categories: Gadgets, Materials|4 Comments
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Free Microsoft Hohm App Coming Soon!

If you haven't noticed, the big news today is Microsoft Hohm, a free online beta application that's rumored to launch sometime next week.  Microsoft Hohm will be a web-based service that takes information about your energy use — not just electricity — and examines it to provide recommendations to save money and energy.  Here's what you can do:

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By |June 24th, 2009|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Gadgets|Tags: |1 Comment
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