Six Prefab Passive House Designs

Kjellgren Kaminsky Architects have designed six new passive house designs for presentation at the Stockholm Housing Fair occurring October 9-12, 2008.  Shown in collaboration with Emrahus, these prefabricated, zero energy designs present a compelling concept for what is possible with good design and conscious materials.  Passive houses, using the definition of KKA on their website, "are extremely well-insulated buildings that are largely heated by the energy already present in the building."  Passive homes attempt to rely as little as possible on extra mechanical systems — they conserve first and foremost.  Scroll through these six passive home designs and leave a vote for your fave:

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By |October 7th, 2008|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Modern architecture, Prefab|Tags: , |7 Comments

Solyndra’s Totally Tubular Solar Cells

Solyndra just released new details of their proprietary solar technology printed with a copper, indium, gallium, and selenium (CIGS) mixture on glass tubes.  Solyndra also announced over $1.2 billion in orders and a successful installation using the cylindrical solar tubes on the roof of their corporate headquarters.  With the glass tube design and easy installation, the company expects to provide commercial customers with higher electricity output per rooftop and significantly reduced installation costs.

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By |October 7th, 2008|Categories: Gadgets, Solar|Tags: |6 Comments

Need a Quick Favor Green Readers!

Pardon the interruption, but this is for a good cause.  In mid-November, I’ll be on a panel at Greenbuild called "Green Blogs and the Built Environment" with industry leading bloggers from The […]

By |October 6th, 2008|Categories: News|Tags: |2 Comments

Air Breeze Off-Grid Wind Turbine Improves Upon Popular Air-X

If you’ve heard of the popular Skystream 3.7 by Southwest Windpower, then you’re probably familiar with their smaller wind turbine called Air-X.  Air-X was introduced in ~2001 and flew off shelves, selling over 100,000 units.  Building on the success of Air-X, Southwest Windpower recently released Air Breeze, its next iteration of the successful small wind generator.  I first noticed an ad for Air Breeze in Natural Home Magazine last September and have since seen news of it popping up everywhere.  Air Breeze was engineered to be quieter, more efficient, and more effective at lower wind speeds …

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By |October 6th, 2008|Categories: Gadgets, Wind|Tags: , |7 Comments

Green Bailout, Nature Buildings, Legal Risks, + Exposing Carbon Emissions

Buildings inspired by nature.  Bailout additions support solar, wind, and plug-in hybrids. William McDonough: the King of Green Architecture. Energy efficiency and emissions of UK buildings exposed. Google issues […]

By |October 4th, 2008|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments

LEED Platinum Home of the Future Reduces Energy Costs by 80%

This home is the first LEED Platinum certified home in the Sacramento area.  Located in Folsom, this "Home of the Future" is the product of a collaboration between BP Solar, OCR Solar & Roofing, R.J. Walter Homes, and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.  Working together, the focus of the home was to design it using state-of-the-art energy efficient materials.  It has dual pane windows, solar-assisted hot water and space heating, LED lighting, energy efficient appliances, and advanced framing and insulation. 

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By |October 3rd, 2008|Categories: LEED, Single Family|Tags: |0 Comments
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