Green Community Spotlight: Pringle Creek

Pringle Creek Community is comprised of 32 acres of re-developed land, including protected wetlands, in Salem, Oregon.   The community boasts a wealth of sustainable features.   More than 80% of the existing trees have been preserved and the homes will be constructed using 100% FSC certified wood.  The streets in the community are narrow, allowing for more green space and their well-designed "green street" system means that 90% of the rainwater will filtrate through the soil, recharging the aquifer. 

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By |July 22nd, 2008|Categories: Land Use|Tags: |0 Comments

Solar Synergy with a Tesla Roadster

Martin Eberhard calls it "Solar Synergy" — his own phrase for the benefits derived from having an electric car and a home that's powered by solar photovoltaics.  Eberhard was a founder of Tesla and he just received his shiny new Founders' Series Roadster.  It's an incredible car, don't you think?  Eberhard explains the synergistic benefits to having a 5.2 kW photovoltaic system (dead link removed) and all-electric Tesla Roadster (dead link removed).

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By |July 22nd, 2008|Categories: Gadgets, Solar|Tags: |0 Comments

Ideabox Expands with Cubes!

Back in February 2008, Ideabox exhibited their Confluence Modern design at the Portland Home & Garden Show.  The images above and below are of the Confluence Modern at this show, with Design Within Reach furnishings and Nick Williams / Sycamore Canyon landscaping.  Confluence Modern, like the other Ideabox designs, is built to be just the right size.  It's a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home that maximizes all of its 840 square feet.  And if you're not familiar with Ideabox (we mentioned them way back in August last year), they strive to build smart, efficient, and modern homes.  Energy Star everything.  Use less of everything and when used, using locally sourced, natural, and renewable materials. 

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By |July 21st, 2008|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab, Single Family|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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By |July 20th, 2008|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Sky Farms, Green Fire Stations, Carbon Neutral Goals, + Zero Waste Lifestyle

Shipping containers become distinctive housing.  New fire stations are becoming green. Danish island of Samsø chases carbon neutrality. Kamikatsu Japan illustrates the zero waste lifestyle. Vertical sky farms gain […]

By |July 19th, 2008|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments

MoMA Home Delivery Prefabs Debut This Sunday!

A while back when we heard about MoMA’s prefab exhibit, Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling, we were pretty psyched.  I mean, if you can’t tell by our archives with over 135 articles, we’re pretty obsessed with green prefab as the future of home building.  The MoMA exhibit will tell an interesting story of the history of prefabrication starting in 1833.  I’m sure we’ve come a long way in over 175 years, but there’s also the possibility that we’ve forgotten a few lessons in the process.  So I like the juxtaposition of the historical with the modern.  The modern will include five contemporary prefab structures, all of which have been assembled on the museum’s 54th street lot.  Starting this Sunday, July 20 through October 20, visitors will get the chance to tour the below designs in real life. 

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By |July 18th, 2008|Categories: Modern architecture, News, Prefab, Single Family|Tags: |4 Comments
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