An Affordable Free Span Solar System

P4P Energy, LLC — short for Power for the Planet — recently completed the installation of its first, cable-suspended free span solar system in the parking lot of the headquarters building for REM Eyewear in Sun Valley, California.  Designed and patented by P4P Energy and TenSol Power, the array spans 107 feet on low-cost cables and provides shade for cars parked below.  It's expected to generate roughly 40,877 kWh of electricity per year. 


By |November 3rd, 2009|Categories: Gadgets, Solar|Tags: |3 Comments

Tempe Transit Center Covered in Green

We've seen solar-powered transit shelters, but this eco-friendly transit center with transit stops outfitted with green walls may be a first.  With the help of greenscreen green walls, the City of Tempe Transit Center is seeking LEED Platinum certification.  The mixed use facility, designed to be 52% more efficient than a traditional building of its kind, went with green walls to provide a buffer from the harsh Arizona sun and heat. 


By |November 3rd, 2009|Categories: LEED, Nature, Vegetation|Tags: |6 Comments

Hive Modular Completes X-Line Prefab

Hive Modular, a Minneapolis-based company that sells modular, contemporary homes, recently sent us photos of this X-Line prefab in Vadnais Heights, Minnesota.  The X-Line 003 features an exterior of fiber cement, steel, and locally harvested cedar, while the interior features stylish modern elements.  Pay particular attention to the translucent polycarbonate walls by Polygal, the red IKEA kitchen, and the custom tables from Eastvold Custom Woodworks. 


By |November 2nd, 2009|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab, Single Family|Tags: , |5 Comments

Small Modern Green Home in California

Michelle Kaufmann is continuing her work on a modern green home in Northern California.  Located on a constrained lot, the 1,550 square-foot home will be prefabricated — as currently planned — with two modules.  And although the home will be a lot smaller than the average new construction home in this country, Michelle Kaufmann Studio has designed it to feel bigger. 


By |November 2nd, 2009|Categories: Prefab, Single Family|Tags: |5 Comments

October Monthly of Green Articles

Hope you're enjoying a relaxing Halloween weekend.  Don't forget to turn back the clock.  In the mean time, now that you have an extra hour, feel free to browse through some of last month's coverage.  We had a heavy amount of Solar Decathlon coverage, as well as several articles on prefab homes.  Lots of homes are getting finished, and we'll keep covering the green ones.  Plus, shout out to our newest sponsor, Green Build Post, a community to discuss current trends and products in green building.


By |October 31st, 2009|Categories: Month in Review|1 Comment

Green Building Trends, Wood Wars, Productivity Issues, + the Water Crisis

Building green with less green. Green building tips for remodeling. Feud continues between wood certifiers. Designer pinpoints trends in green building. New online tool shows a building's carbon usage. Open space in […]

By |October 31st, 2009|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments

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