Denver_Modern – a Simple, Efficient Modern Home

Denver_modern

If you’re like me, you like to follow what others are doing to build modern, energy efficient homes.  One such home I’ve been following is at Denver Modern.   Angelo, a local Denver designer, and his family are building their home on a narrow lot and have been blogging the progress since September 2006.  As you can tell from some of the images in this post, it’s cool pad with a small footprint.  The Haida cedar siding is distinct and deep in character — a modern touch I really like.  I can’t wait to see the interior take shape with all the materials they’ve been planning. 

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Proximity Hotel Assumes Role as One of the Greenest Hotels in Country

Exterior

Proximity Hotel seems to have found a way to deliver a comfortable, luxury-type experience and still be one of the greenest hotels in the country.  It was built to use roughly 36% less energy and 30% less water than a comparable hotel.  Proximity Hotel also heats over half the building’s water with roughly 4,000 sf of solar thermal panels on the roof.  In the video embedded below, Dennis Quaintance, Chief Design Officer of Proximity Hotel, mentions that the savings from the solar thermal investment is about $20k per year. He also talks about the hotel’s innovative elevator, which is the first Regenerative Drive Otis Gen2 elevator in North America — it captures energy while going down and uses it while going up.

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The Green Living Manifesto: Truly Sustainable Living

Green Living <anifesto

If we position true sustainable living as the goal, or the objective, then green buildings and infrastructure are only half the way we can get there (not to put the cart before the horse because we still have a long way to go in that regard, but …).  To really get to true sustainable living, the idea continues, lifestyles must evolve and everyday habits and behaviors must change.  The Green Living Manifesto presents Self Evident Truths, a Mission, Loaded Questions, and a Commitment: We, the Green Living Movement, pledge to make sustainable lifestyles more convenient and attractive through every aspect of our work.  Go check it out

Deconstruction Grows in Popularity, Spawns New Businesses

In her Teardown Diary, Wall Street Journal columnist Nancy Keates forgoes the common practice of demolition and instead opts for "unbuilding."  Usually referred to as deconstruction, unbuilding is when you disassemble an old structure piece by piece and salvage the usable parts.  Ms. Keates found that the deconstruction of her home will cost about $4,000 more than straight demolition, but costs can vary project to project.

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Anna Sova, a Luxurious Line of Home Eco-Products

900 GSM Turkish Towels

Anna Sova is a Dallas, Texas based company offering organic bedding, towels, paints, and bath and body products.  The bedding uses materials such as eco-silk and US-grown organic cottons and usually at least a 600 thread count.  Their towels are 100% organic cotton with spa-quality, 900 gsm (grams per square meter).  This compares to conventional towels which have 300-400 gsm.  Other products include soy candles, aromatherapy, and bath and body products.  My favorite offering, however, is their paint, which is made from 99% food grade materials and is VOC free (or as close as is currently possible). 

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Green from the Ground Up [Giveaway]

Greenfromthegroundup I've just received an excellent new book, and as is the tradition here at JG, I'll be giving the book away to one random commenter.*  Published by The Taunton Press, Green from the Ground Up is incredibly thorough and more helpful than I ever imagined it would be.  I really shouldn't have been surprised, though, because one of the authors, David Johnston, has another book out on green remodeling that's very popular.  So I expect Green from the Ground Up to be just as successful. 

It has over 300 pages and 300 color images that provide a way for the reader to see that (1) green building actually works and (2) green buildings don't have to be ugly.

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