XCR from Expanko, Cork/Rubber Flooring

Xcr

XCR is a wonderful flooring product from the company Expanko.  It is made of a mixture of recycled rubber and cork including recycled tires and post-industrial waste.  XCR is a colorful, waterproof, durable flooring option.  It is also slip-resistant, fire-resistant, and quiet and comfortable to walk and stand on.  There are 27 standard colors to choose from including earthy neutrals, jewel tones, and brights and bolds.  XCR is available in 24"x24"x1/8" tiles and rolls that are 48" wide in a variety of lengths — a great option for a range of commercial and residential projects.  XCR can be expected to last more than 20 years, even in a commercial setting, and when removed, it can be recycled. 

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Five Green Trends to Watch in 2008

Greentrends2008

Happy New Year!  This year is unlike any in the history of our country.  We’re seeing this crazy whirlwind of issues coming together.  The economy is entering a slight lull and the average American is losing width in the real estate pocketbook.  The next presidential election is on the cusp and we’re seeing indicators of a brewing culture war.  And to add to that, the topic of climate change is everywhere.  The sister topic of pollution pops up fairly frequently also.  So with this backdrop, I’ve been thinking about the green movement and what’s in store for next year.  Here’s what I think:

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Most Popular Articles of 2007 [Jetson Green]

Most Popular Articles of 2007

To identify the best articles of 2007, I’ve only used traffic figures from January 1, 2007 – December 30, 2007.  And some of these articles bumped to the top by virtue of some mondo Digg or Stumbleupon traffic, or both.  I appreciate all the readers and emailers and hope to provide better, more relevant content in 2008 (although, well, it’d help if Typepad could paginate archives). 

The danger with using traffic to decide what content to provide in the future is that traffic stats may not be aligned with true reader interest.  So, if you’re interested in reading more of something in 2008, shoot me an email or drop a comment below.  I’ll find a way to do it.  Here’s one last list for the year:

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The Ultimate Green News Year in Review 2007

Green News Year in Review 2008

It’s been an incredible year in green news, and coverage on the environment seems to increase every week.  Below, you will find links from the last year that I think are important.  Unfortunately, tons of good stories didn’t make the cut because the links were broken and I couldn’t find an adequate replacement.  Regardless, 2007 has been a great year, don’t you think?  Collectively, we’re taking big steps to respect the environment.  Republicans, Democrats, businesses, individuals, etc.  Everyone wants to do their part.  And even if you don’t click all, er, 151 links below, scan the titles as a reminder of what has been accomplished.  Let’s keep the momentum in 2008. 

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miniHome DUO SE Modern Green Marvel

Minihome Duo

This is the miniHome DUO SE, which is basically the combo of an add-on and the SOLO 2008 version that was recently announced.  Starting at $149,900, it’s a well-designed home of 475 sf.  The DUO uses 1/10th the water, fuels, and materials, and 1/100th the electrical energy of a conventional home: it’s a net-zero energy home.  And as you can tell from the renderings, you can outfit your DUO with a stylish green roof and contemporary wrap-around decking.  Really, anything is possible with this little treasure home.  Small.  Stylish.  Green.  Affordable.  Looks like Sustain MiniHome is offering financing now on their homes, too.

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[Video] Container Home Design from Single Module

[RSS - Click Here to View] I found this video on YouTube of Jason Steele’s vision for a shipping container building.  The idea in the video shows two sides being taken off to expand the floor area by 50%.  He also has bamboo landscaping to create shading on the sun-exposed southern part of the home (Phoenix, Arizona).  Looks pretty cool, but let’s see if it gets made, because in the world of container and prefab design, reality counts for something

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