World's First LEED Platinum Home Remodel

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.

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By |January 16th, 2008|Categories: Energy Efficiency, LEED, Single Family|Tags: |0 Comments

2008 Honor Awards by AIA, Green Features Abound!

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. 

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By |January 15th, 2008|Categories: Lists, Modern architecture, News|0 Comments

American Olean, an Easy-to-Find Eco-tile

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. 

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By |January 14th, 2008|Categories: Materials, Modern design, Recycled|0 Comments

MetroCabin Shrinks for 2008

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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By |January 12th, 2008|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab|Tags: |0 Comments

Recyclable Hotel, End of Sprawl, LED Future, Greener Drywall, + Green Tech (WIR)

UK, Travelodge builds recyclable hotel. Subprime crises + expensive gas = End of Sprawl? Ten green quotables in sustainable building. Report predicts a wave of green tech. "Smart Grid" trials […]

By |January 12th, 2008|Categories: Gadgets, Land Use, News, Week in Review|0 Comments

An Earth-Friendly Home [Graphic]

The average American releases about 50,000 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year.  A large portion of that comes from our homes and wasted, wasted energy.  Matter of fact, according […]

By |January 11th, 2008|Categories: Conservation, Energy Efficiency, Gadgets|Tags: |0 Comments
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