Swedish Energy Ball Changes Look and Feel of Small Wind Tech

This technology by Swedish company Home Energy has taken the web by storm over the past couple days.  The Energy Ball is an aberration in a small wind market that seems to be dominated by vertical axis, helical, miniature, and three-blade designs.  It takes the shape of a puffed up flounder — with an orb of six blades and a fin to guide the orb towards the wind. 

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By |September 4th, 2008|Categories: Gadgets, Wind|Tags: |5 Comments

Sneak Peak: Venice Live/Work House

How about kicking out a shout to the newly established blog by EcoSteel?  I was emailing with EcoSteel’s Kelvin Findlay about their new projects and the blog came up.  So I start looking through the first few posts and, of course, this Venice Live/Work home caught my eye.  I mean, how can it not?  Apparently the home is ready to go in California and EcoSteel is bidding out the contractor work at the moment.

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By |September 4th, 2008|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab, Single Family|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Aviator Energy Efficient Live/Work Units Planned for Steamboat Springs

I just received an email about an interesting project on the cusp in Steamboat Springs, Colorado called Aviator.  Aviator is a mixed-use, multifamily and storage units facility that’s targeting LEED Gold certification.  Seeking superior energy efficiency for the project, Olson Development retained EcoSteel to provide the structure.  EcoSteel calculates that their company could contribute ~18 points towards overall certification of Aviator based upon energy efficiency (10), heat island effect reduction (1), and recycled, reused, and regional materials use (7). 

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By |September 4th, 2008|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Modern architecture, Multifamily, Prefab, Retail|Tags: |0 Comments

The Second Annual Plenty Twenty

I always find these lists interesting, but here’s the idea: "There are game-changers and then there are world-changers.  From Internet giants working to make renewable energy cheaper than coal, to a sea captain […]

By |September 3rd, 2008|Categories: Lists, News|Tags: , |0 Comments

Eco-friendly Founding Farmers Restaurant Seeking LEED Gold in D.C.

The green design and sustainability movement is gradually taking over all types of real estate and the restaurant industry is no different.  Later this month, and pending certification, Founding Farmers is expected to become Washington D.C.’s first LEED Gold restaurant.  It will also operate as a Certified Green Restaurant and serve sustainably farmed, locally produced food and products.

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By |September 3rd, 2008|Categories: LEED, Modern design, Retail|Tags: |1 Comment

Shop Etsy for Vintage Furniture and Accessories

Etsy, the popular new site used by artists and crafters, is also a gem for vintage finds such as furniture and accessories.  The prices on Etsy are usually quite reasonable — especially compared to shops specializing in vintage and antique furniture — and the treasures are endless and unique. 

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By |September 2nd, 2008|Categories: Furniture, Modern design|10 Comments
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