• WIRv2210

Stardust Glass: A Hip, Green Oregon Tile Company

Based in Portland, Oregon, Stardust Glass is offering recycled glass tiles with a hip style.  The company is owned and run by artists Megan and Jason Coleman.  Their mission is to protect the earth’s resources by creating tiles from 87%-100% recycled glass while producing completely hand-made, boutique-style pieces. 

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By |September 30th, 2008|Categories: Materials, Modern design|0 Comments
  • secondfloor

Harbinger Container Home at WCG 2008

So here’s the deal.  The Harbinger SG Blocks Showhouse was bad out.  Everyone I talked to loved it.  You might think that a shipping container home would feel closed-in and constrictive, but this home certainly wasn’t.  At 1700 sf, everything felt just right to me.  I was able to sneak into the Exhibit Hall early enough to get some killer images (in case you couldn’t be there), so let’s talk a walk through the Harbinger House below.

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By |September 29th, 2008|Categories: Container Design, Prefab, Single Family|Tags: , , |13 Comments
  • WIRv2

Green Jobs, Sustainable Branding, Monitoring Eco Towns, + Credit Crunch

A green credit crunch? Freakonomics asks: will prefab ever catch on? The challenges facing green jobs growth.  Eco town dwellers may be monitored for green habits. California ad […]

By |September 28th, 2008|Categories: Week in Review|2 Comments
  • greenkitchen

Cool Green Tech at West Coast Green

I really enjoyed West Coast Green.  After spending several hours helping with the Innovation Pipeline, promoting the conference through our website, and flying down to participate as a second-year media sponsor, I’m certainly happy I was able to hang out on the exhibit floor and view the Harbinger house.  I met some very nice people and left with the feeling that the best and brightest are hard at work trying to market products that can help everyone live healthy, sustainable, and comfortable lives.  Although you may have seen a few of these companies previously, they all caught my eye.  They’re all very cool. 

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By |September 27th, 2008|Categories: Gadgets, Materials|6 Comments
  • reiroundrock

REI Round Rock Second Gen Green Store To Use 48% Less Energy

Mounting on the green building success of their previous stores, including the green Boulder REI we wrote about previously, REI today opens the doors to its second generation of green prototype store in Round Rock, Texas.  The Texas store is projected to consume 48% less energy than a typical store and generate a portion of its power from a solar panel installation, building integrated photovoltaics, and a solar hot water system.  After that, Round Rock will rely on Solatubes to displace a portion of articifial lighting and the purchase of green power generated from biomass digesters. 

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By |September 26th, 2008|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Retail, Solar|Tags: |4 Comments
  • picture_3_2

Shipping Container Homes Below $10k

Here’s the story: A handful of entrepreneurs nurtured a graduate school business plan into an actual company called PFNC Global Communities.  The acronym stands for “por fin, nuestra casa,” which is translated as “finally, a home of our own.”  PFNC’s purpose is to convert shipping containers into affordable housing for those who most desperately need it around the globe.

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By |September 25th, 2008|Categories: Affordable, Container Design|Tags: |20 Comments
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