PTI: Sub-$300 Green Office Chair?

Pardon the interruption, but I thought I would tap into the collective knowledge of readers for a little assistance. We've mentioned some awesome office chairs in the past, including the Zody and Embody, but I […]

By |March 30th, 2009|Categories: Furniture|11 Comments
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Two Portland Habitat for Humanity Homes Seeking LEED Platinum

There's a conundrum in the green building world that a lot of people are working on.  They're trying to figure out how to building homes that are both sustainable and affordable — homes that most of us can approach.  I could rattle off a list of folks working on this, and Habitat for Humanity would certainly be at the top.  We just mentioned how a Michigan branch of Habitat for Humanity designed and built a LEED Platinum affordable home; and now according to The Oregonian, two Habitat homes in Portland are seeking LEED Platinum certification.  The goal with these homes, like the Michigan home, was to test out various green strategies and technology for affordability.  Here's a little more background:


By |March 30th, 2009|Categories: Affordable, LEED|Tags: |3 Comments
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Smaller Homes, Sustainable Cities, Eco Blight, + Thinking Negawatts

Think negawatts, not megawatts. Economy versus the environment. How companies are investing in sustainability. Americans moving into smaller, smarter homes. It's not easy turning co-op boards green. Portland deemed most sustainable city. Solar […]

By |March 28th, 2009|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments
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Simple Post and Beam Prefab: Live Edge

It's fascinating to see the many and various forms created by prefab construction.  In this case, Live Edge and Paul Discoe are using a Japanese post and beam system of construction (see bottom two images) to create somewhat traditional (but clean) and warm prefab homes.  These homes are absolutely beautiful and built using reclaimed urban trees, which are removed for disease, storm damage, danger of falling, or construction clearing, etc.  The home pictured above is Live Edge's one-bedroom prototype, and the one immediately below is a two-bedroom home. 


By |March 27th, 2009|Categories: Prefab, Single Family|Tags: |3 Comments
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The Affordable LEED Platinum Habitat for Humanity House

This classic American home is the end result of smart planning, high performance materials, and passive design techniques.  Designed on a $100,000 dollar budget by the Michigan firm of Dominick Tringali Architects, the project is set to be a prototype for the next generation of Habitat for Humanity homes.  Lets take a closer look…


By |March 26th, 2009|Categories: Affordable, LEED, Single Family|Tags: |11 Comments
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Swede Hill Luxury LEED Home

Design/build firm Aquidneck Fine Properties is getting ready for their next project called Swede Hill.  Designed by Estes/Twombly, the green home will be planted on an incredible patch of ocean-front land on Block Island, Rhode Island.  Aquidneck is seeking LEED Silver for the 3000 square foot home, which will be complete a little over a year from now.  I thought it would be nice to preview Swede Hill, since many of our readers favor the less modern of green homes.  In any event, here are some of the planned green features:


By |March 26th, 2009|Categories: LEED, Single Family|Tags: |2 Comments

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