One of the entries this year in Project Playhouse, an annual fundraiser by HomeAid, is a net-zero playhouse called the Ocean Adventure Lab. The structure, designed by LPA Inc. and built by Turner Construction, will be auctioned off in early September. In the mean time, it's on display at the Irvine Spectrum Center illustrating a number of sustainable elements.
Stephen Lindsay has been working on the launch of these fascinating tiles made of walnut, plaster, and concrete. Dune tiles are eight inches square and protrude about two inches from the wall surface. They’re distributed through urbanproduct (though the company is looking for U.S. distributors) and made with natural pigments and a soya-based finish.
Michelle Kaufmann just announced the launch of three new prefab homes available exclusively through Studio 101 Designs and built by Blazer Industries. These homes — Ridge0, Vista0, and Contours0 — are part of the Zero Series designed to produce as much energy as is needed over the course of a year. As you can tell from the renderings, they're undeniably contemporary and seemingly approachable at the same time.