Sleek Recyclable Kitchen by Valcucine

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This month, Valcucine was selected for inclusion in the Industrial Research section of the Italian ADI Design Index 2010.  The company was chosen in part for efforts to produce products with less raw materials and energy, use recyclable materials, reduce toxic emissions and polluting chemical substances, and consider the life cycle of products.

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Interview with a Passive House Owner

Rebecca Guymon and Joe Turner are the owners of Breezeway House – the first certified Passive House in Utah and in the western United States.  They’re unique because only a handful of these ultra-insulated, airtight, low-energy homes exist in the United States.  So I asked Turner to share his experience building and living in a Passive House and he was kind enough to respond.  This is mandatory reading for anyone interested in owning a Passive House.

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Woodsy Off-Grid YETA Retreat in Italy

Italian architect Flavio Galvagni of Lab Zero sent us some information on this calming, woodsy cabin that he designed and built with the help of Raffaelli Contract.  The tiny eco hut — roughly 12.5′ wide x 14.5′ long x 10.75′ tall — can be used as a mini-lodge, mountain shelter, meditation space, or temporary dwelling.  It’s easily transportable and both off-grid and off-pipe.

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