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Top 10 green living myths. 12 tips for avoiding green product litigation. 10 practical strategies for marketing green homes. How to find cash back for building green. Who will be left behind by […]

By |May 16th, 2009|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments
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1960s Split Level Gets Green Makeover

Remodeling is big these days, and Boulder-based VaST Architecture has a knack for transforming rundown places into vibrant spaces (as they did with a co-work space called the Candy Shop).  VaST recently helped Gregg Olsen convert his Boulder, Colorado, 1960s, split-level home into an efficient abode with modern interior design.  The interior and exterior renovation was completed at a cost of $107 psf.


By |May 15th, 2009|Categories: Renovation, Single Family|Tags: |8 Comments
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Sustainable Design for Susi Q Seniors

Several years in the making, Laguna Beach now gets its Susi Q Senior and Community Center.  The project is the culmination of the efforts of many — designed by LPA, Inc., built by Swinerton Builders, and project management by Griffin Structures Inc. — and includes 8,200 square feet for the Senior Center and 8,000 square feet for the Community Center.  The pictures below show a beautiful, fresh, and contemporary space with clean lines, but let's also take note of a few sustainable design elements:


By |May 14th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|2 Comments
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Simple DIY Rooftop Solar Clover

Greentech Media broke news today of a prototype rooftop solar system made for simplicity, shipability, and affordability.  The system is being developed by Armageddon Energy and is aptly called a "clover."  The clover includes three hexagonal solar panels, a micro-inverter, and a triangular frame.  It's lightweight (check out the regular folks below doing installation work) and can generate roughly 400 watts.  The company just finished early stage testing and is readying a beta program for further testing. 


By |May 13th, 2009|Categories: Gadgets, Solar|Tags: |7 Comments
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Livingreen Renovation of an Airstream

My grandfather had an old Airstream that he sold to my dad for $2,000.  It was in bad shape after some neighborhood kids smashed in the windows, so it was sold to someone else for a pittance.  Now, I wish we still had the Airstream because after seeing what Jim Gooley did to his, I have a hankering to do the same.  Gooley partnered with Livingreen to trick out the Airstream’s interior with all sorts of green products.  The renovated trailer was on display at Altbuild last weekend in Santa Monica, and here’s what they used:


By |May 13th, 2009|Categories: Renovation|Tags: , , |8 Comments
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Swank LEED Silver Designed Hotel Felix

Chicago's Hotel Felix, formerly known as Wacker Hotel, re-opened its doors in April 2009.  Felix is a 225-room, boutique hotel that's been designed (not yet certified) to receive LEED Silver certification.  The lodging also received four out of five Green Eco-Leafs, which indicates that the hotel has been audited and complies with 38 (of 70) unique eco-initiatives.  Some of these green features and initiatives include the following:


By |May 12th, 2009|Categories: Hotel, LEED|1 Comment

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