American Olean, an Easy-to-Find Eco-tile

American Olean

I was incredibly excited to discover that American Olean, a large well-known tile company, is offering products made of recycled materials.  As we all know, there are a lot of great eco-friendly building materials out there, but it can be a challenge to access them, especially if you don’t live on the West Coast.  Well, here is a product that you can find at virtually any store that sells tile and certain styles are even available at Lowe’s.  Not that I would suggest Lowe’s over your neighborhood tile store, but it’s there as an option, if you need it. 

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MetroCabin Shrinks for 2008

Metrocabin

MetroShed, in collaboration with its Miami-based partner Cabin Fever, recently announced that it would produce a smaller version of the popular 16′ x 20′ MetroCabin in 2008.  The smaller MetroCabin will be 12′ x 16′, with prices starting at $17,460 (which includes flat-packed shipping and delivery).  The new MetroCabin features curved steel roof beams (or the straight roof package), Duro-Last roofing, prefab SIP walls, and premium heavy-duty sliding doors. 

And although the company’s MetroShed product is built with greener materials such as FSC-certified woods, I’m not sure if this one is.  That said, if you live in this, and this alone, I’d say you’re pretty green. 

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Recyclable Hotel, End of Sprawl, LED Future, Greener Drywall, + Green Tech (WIR)

Week in Review

*WIR = Week in Review; a Saturday showcase of excellent links.

An Earth-Friendly Home [Graphic]

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The average American releases about 50,000 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year.  A large portion of that comes from our homes and wasted, wasted energy.  Matter of fact, according to a recent McKinsey study, the single most cost-effective way to reduce GHG emissions is via building insulation.  Click on over to the Time Earth-Friendly Home graphic and move the lens around for other ideas to reduce GHG emissions and save some dolla, dolla bills.  Before you click over though, I will say, this is pretty basic information, but at least they provide some numbers and illustrate the impact of concerted effort. 

While you’re over there, check out this article, too:
++51 Things We Can Do to Save the Environment [Time]

Useful + Agreeable House, a modern mini hi-rise

u+a house

I’d probably prefer cleaner lines and a few more windows in a home like this, but I like it as an example of what Mr. Tom Friedman calls, "building up not out."  The home is called the useful + agreeable house.  Moco Loco called it a mini hi-rise, which is kind of catchy.  I kind of like sound of midget mid-rise, but I’m not really sure if that word is off limits.  Designed by Neil M. Denari Architects, the u+a house should fit in a variety of locations, including weird and/or small lots that allow some height. 

I really like the roof lookout, too (pictured below).  Every home deserves some chill space in the top spot, don’t you think?!  Any thoughts? 

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3form Chroma, a Solid Surface Product

Moss - Chroma

3form has a line of great eco-friendly materials.  One of their products, Chroma, is a solid surface material suitable for countertops, tabletops, vanities, and anything else your imagination can dream up.  The best part about the Chroma line is the color choices.  There is a beautiful palette of brights, bolds, neutrals, and earth tones to choose from.  The bright colors are candy-like and would make a truly unique and bold statement in an otherwise neutral room.  The fascinating thing about Chroma is it’s reclaim potential.  Chroma can be sent back to 3form and they can change the color of the material — and this can be done over and over again.   

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