Weatherizing Homes, Dying Incentives, Warming Priorities, + Green Demand

Interest in green building continues to climb. States and utilities are starting to cut incentives. Majority say global warming is not a top priority. Future green construction may follow European models. Studies show […]

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

Photos of the BUILDER LivingHome

I thought it'd be fun to share some actual photos of the BUILDER LivingHome, since up until now, we've only been showing renderings.  The home was designed by KieranTimberlake, built by LivingHomes, and assembled in about three days on the IBS exhibit floor.  Can you imagine putting together an entire house in that time?  I picture Steve Glenn running around with a megaphone, Ty Pennington style, shouting, "We only have four hours, people!"  The modular modern home was designed to meet LEED Platinum certification and includes 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms comprising roughly 2,466 square feet.

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By |January 30th, 2009|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab, Single Family|Tags: , |6 Comments

Molly’s Cabin Sits Off-the-Grid

I find this off-the-grid cabin in Northern Ontario to be quite interesting.  It’s a 1,000 square foot retreat that practically hovers out on the water.  Molly’s Cabin is located a few hours north of Toronto in a place called Pointe au Baril.  Outfitted out with a bedroom, living room, library nook, kitchen, dining room, and small loft, the L-shaped floor plan intermixes the interior and exterior.  Can you imagine how serene it would be to chill and fish and sleep in a place that sits gingerly on the edge of the water like this?

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By |January 29th, 2009|Categories: Single Family|Tags: , , |4 Comments

TerraScreen Lush Interior Living Walls

If you've been to a green trade show or exhibit, you may have noticed a few green wall providers.  One to keep in mind, just in case you're thinking about incorporating a lush living wall or vertical garden, is TerraScreen.  The TerraScreen Interior Greenwall System was designed by Planterra to hold large 6" plants and can be maintained by your average interior landscape contractor.  The system requires about 18" of space from the wall and a catch basin, but can be supported with drip irrigation and a tank, too.  It's comprised of modular panels made with powder-coated, galvanized steel wire and these panels can be lined up to really liven up a place.  Make sure to check these images below … having one of these, I think, is a pretty good way to make a statement about the way you do things. 

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By |January 28th, 2009|Categories: Vegetation|6 Comments

EcoClad Modern Green Exterior Cladding

It looks like Joel Klippert, a true Benjamin Franklin of green products innovation, has developed another great green material.  Building on his success with PaperStone and EcoTop, his company now offers EcoClad, a beautiful exterior cladding sure to please architects bent on sustainable design.

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By |January 27th, 2009|Categories: Materials, Recycled|13 Comments

PTI: Testing Out Something New

If you know us, you know we're never satisfied with the status quo, so we’re testing out a new ad server program that’s kind of fun.  If you look to the right sidebar, you’ll notice a 50×50 pixel gray square – it’s not standard ad size or anything, but that’s why we like it.  We think people will look at it and, curious about what the box is, they’ll click it and find you.  But this is entirely speculative and exploratory, so we can’t be sure.

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By |January 27th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |3 Comments
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