Modern Prefab Display for Palm Pre

We've talked about Taalman Koch Architecture a number of times previously (specifically with the off-grid itHouse and Three Junipers), and they're making a bit of news with this temporary space for the Palm Pre, which was recently on display at The Americana at Brand in Glendale, California.  The 240 square-foot exhibit had to be built in twelve hours or less, and Taalman Koch was able to get that done using a stripped down version of the itHouse. 


By |August 17th, 2009|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab|2 Comments

Innovative Projects, Big Future, Harvesting Taxes, + the Green Boom

Seven innovative green projects for 2009. How to harvest green building tax benefits. Selling Americans on a green collar economy. Dispelling two small business sustainability myths.  Execs see big future for […]

By |August 15th, 2009|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments

Check Out These Greener Jobs

We're in beta with a green building job board, and everything's been going pretty good so far.  Plus, with all the talk about green collar jobs, we thought we could at least help out a […]

By |August 15th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |1 Comment

Green Prefab Townhomes Hit Oakland

Prefab multifamily is the new black these days, which is why we’ve been watching startup ZETA Communities with interest.  ZETA, which stands for Zero Energy Technology and Architecture, finished these live/work, net zero energy townhomes in Oakland and has a number of other projects in the works.  The townhomes achieved LEED Platinum certification, a 240 green point rating, and an EPA Indoor airPLUS, the EPA’s highest indoor air rating.  Each home is 1,540 square feet with two bedrooms and a single-car garage.  And they’re packed with some of the following green elements and strategies:


By |August 14th, 2009|Categories: Multifamily, Prefab, Townhouse|Tags: , |4 Comments

Shower Green with an Oxygenics Storm

Oxygenics was kind enough to send us their new STORM showerhead, which was designed to provide 20%-70% water and energy savings.  The unit has 54 spray nozzles that shower you with 30% more water pressure compared to other brands.  They do this with their Pressure Boosting Technology (see below), which squeezes the stream of water while adding air to it. 


By |August 13th, 2009|Categories: Gadgets, Water Efficiency|5 Comments

Hometta Small Modern Green Homes

In July or at Dwell on Design, you may have heard about the launch of Hometta, a collective of architects and builders offering affordable, modern home plans online.  The collective may just be on to something interesting.  Opting to differentiate from the myriad other house plan providers, Hometta is focusing on small, sustainable, modern home design.  And all house plans adhere to a set of criteria, or the following principles:


By |August 13th, 2009|Categories: Modern architecture, Single Family|Tags: |10 Comments

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