[Video] William McDonough on Natural World Design

This is a brand spanking new video of the inspiring William McDonough speaking at the World Future Energy Summit in January 2008.  He wrote the book on this topic — and it’s made of plastic for a reason.  In the video, McDonough talks about taking action:  Less bad is not good.  Efficiency per se won’t cut it.  This is high quality, unmissable video.  You may find the following links helpful as you listen:

++Masdar – Zero Carbon, Zero Waste City in Abu Dhabi
++Office Building of the Future – Just Like a Tree!

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The 32nd Street Eco-Infill Home

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Prefab company Eco-Infill and architectural services firm Studio H:T designed this modular, green home to be the first LEED certified, factory-built home in Colorado.  The 32nd Street home was built with two staggered modules with the top module jutting out the back to create a shaded patio.  It’s quite the great looking home, and as you can tell with the rendering above, it’s all done (took about 7 months total from start to finish).  A recent article about the home in Rocky Mountain News reports that the home cost about $325,000 to construct and $150,000 for the land, which equals about $176 psf.  Not bad in Colorado. 

The 2,700 sf home is currently in the process of seeking LEED certification.  Maybe I’ll drive down and check it out sometime.  Looks pretty close to the rendering below, too.   

++First LEED Certified Factory-built, Modular Home in Colorado [PDF]

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Put Your Name on a Hippo Roller

H is for Hippo

I just want to take a quick second to plug a good cause and introduce you to Project H Design, if you haven't already heard of it.  Project H Design was founded by the talented Emily Pilloton, Managing Editor of Inhabitat, as a charitable organization that supports, inspires, and delivers product design initiatives for Humanity, Habitats, Health, and Happiness.  Right now, Project H Design is working on a case study with Hippo Roller

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Best of Green Home Design 2008 [PopMech]

Best of Green Design 2008 - Popular Science

Popular Mechanics just published their yearly article, the Best of Green Design, which is a showcase of about 16 products and projects for your home.  Click the image above to read the whole list. 

Carbon Neutral Lighthouse in the UK

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In England, a handful of efficient demonstration homes have been built on the grounds of the Building Research Establishment Ltd, including “The Lighthouse,” which is the first net zero carbon house in the UK.  The house is also the first to attain level six in the Code for Sustainable Homes, which indicates that it is carbon neutral. The two-bedroom house is only 93.3 square meters (barely over 1000 sq. ft.) in a 2-1/2 story building.  The building has solar panels and evacuated solar tubes on its roof, as well as making use of passive measures with ventilation chimneys.  It also incorporates rainwater catchment as part of the building design.
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Mod Green Pod Offers Burst of Hip Eco-Fabrics

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Mod Green Pod offers a burst of modern fun to the eco-fabric market.  The company also produces wonderful wallpaper patterns.  Their fabrics are 100% organic fabric and the wallpaper is vinyl-free.  The fabric is hand silk-screened, which is an incredibly tedious and artful process.  You can view photos of the printing process at their site.  They currently offer 8 pattern choices in about 30 colors.  The signature prints are bold, colorful, and totally modern.

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