Live Green, Live Smart just received Platinum certification on one of their green home projects, The Sustainable House. The Sustainable House is a remodeled, 1948 rambler that’s been converted to one of the greenest homes in the United States. And they were kind enough to document all the details with a construction diary of the process and before/after photos, too (view below).
The Sustainable House has a slew of green features that will one day be common in every abode: energy-efficient appliances, CFLs, natural Quartz countertops, Aquia dual-flush toilets, fly ash cement where used, four 130 feet closed-loop wells for geothermal energy, greywater system, super insulation, passive solar, photovoltaic panels, solar hot water system, Solatubes, and triple-glazed argon windows, to name a few.
Actually, of the 800 projects the AIA received for consideration, 28 of them were selected for an Honor Award. In the architectural category, sustainability played a large part in each of the 13 projects selected. But the projects come in all shapes and varieties. Check some of the cool ones below.
I was incredibly excited to discover that American Olean, a large well-known tile company, is offering products made of recycled materials. As we all know, there are a lot of great eco-friendly building materials out there, but it can be a challenge to access them, especially if you don’t live on the West Coast. Well, here is a product that you can find at virtually any store that sells tile and certain styles are even available at Lowe’s. Not that I would suggest Lowe’s over your neighborhood tile store, but it’s there as an option, if you need it.
MetroShed, in collaboration with its Miami-based partner Cabin Fever, recently announced that it would produce a smaller version of the popular 16′ x 20′ MetroCabin in 2008. The smaller MetroCabin will be 12′ x 16′, with prices starting at $17,460 (which includes flat-packed shipping and delivery). The new MetroCabin features curved steel roof beams (or the straight roof package), Duro-Last roofing, prefab SIP walls, and premium heavy-duty sliding doors.
And although the company’s MetroShed product is built with greener materials such as FSC-certified woods, I’m not sure if this one is. That said, if you live in this, and this alone, I’d say you’re pretty green.
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