• greentrends2009

Seven Green Trends to Watch in 2009

Last year I talked about five green building trends and most of that, generally speaking, was spot on.  This year's going to be a little tougher nut to crack, however, because things are changing every day.  After a week or two of new information, it could be that everything below will not make sense any more.  I don't believe that will happen, but it could.  Anyway, to cut to the chase, all of this is informal and anecdotal.  I'm making these predictions based on approximately thirty years of seeing, studying, reading, working, and observing as a human being.  You will certainly have a different perspective, but hear me out.  When you're done, make sure to tell me what you think below. 

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By |January 3rd, 2009|Categories: Editorial, Lists, News|13 Comments
  • WIRv2

Year End Lists, Smart Renovations, Green Believers, + LEED Design

Top 10 green design stories of 2008. Top 10 green building news stories of 2008. Top 10 green-tech breakthroughs of 2008. Top 5 environmental newsmakers of 2008. 9 home renovation […]

By |January 3rd, 2009|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments
  • tonboaerial

Tonbo Meadow Community to Offer Modern, Green Living

Although Tonbo Meadow is situated on just 3 acres in Wilmington, North Carolina, this community has some big ideas.  With only 10 house lots, Tonbo has a lot to offer, including a one-acre preserved meadow, community recycling, composting, community gardens, drought tolerant landscaping, rainwater reclamation, rain gardens, a stormwater wetland, and tree protection / relocation plans. 

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By |January 2nd, 2009|Categories: Land Use|Tags: |1 Comment
  • nytimesledball

Happy New Year, Quick Reflections

Hey, Happy New Year!  It’s hard to believe an entire year just flew by, but it did.  On this day last year, we identified Five Green Trends to Watch in 2008 — […]

By |January 1st, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments
  • ithouse

40 Innovative Green Homes of 2008

If you liked our article on 34 Stunning LEED Platinum Projects, you'll probably like this one, too.  As with the other, this is a retrospective on the past year.  digg_url = 'http://digg.com/environment/40_Innovative_Green_Homes_from_2008'; digg_window = 'new';We've seen some awesome green homes and are constantly inspired:  So much creativity, innovation, and style!  That said, unless you're living in a cave, you'll probably note that most websites are looking back — it's a tradition this time of year.  For intance, the Wall Street Journal showcased a list of what they call A Decade's Most Remarkable Homes.  Michelle Kaufmann contributed thoughts to WSJ for their article and then decided to create her very own list of Top 10 Housing Designs from the Past Decade.  We're keeping our list limited to built homes shown on this site in 2008:

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By |December 31st, 2008|Categories: Lists, Single Family|Tags: |3 Comments
  • brightbuiltbarn

BrightBuilt Barn on Track for Platinum

When we last brought news of BrightBuilt Barn in September, it was only partially constructed.  Now it's all built and looks quite good.  Its trademark feature is the exterior LED lightskirt, which was designed to change color depending on the home's energy use.  GREEN means the BrightBuilt Barn is generating more energy than it consumes; YELLOW indicates a borderline condition; and RED means the energy usage is higher than required to meet the yearly net energy goal.  And like the lightskirt, everything about this home has been planned with meticulous care to create a livable, sustainable, replicable, flexible, and educational net-zero energy home.

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By |December 30th, 2008|Categories: LEED, Modern architecture, Prefab, Single Family|Tags: , |0 Comments
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