Charles Finn Builds Tiny Microhomes Using Reclaimed Materials

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Charles Finn is equal parts woodsmith and wordsmith, a quite inspiring combination. As a self-taught woodworker, author, and freelance writer, he is known for his work with the High Desert Journal and contribution to Lloyd Kahn’s “Tiny Homes, Simple Shelter” book. However, we are not here for his literary accomplishments – Finn is also known around the world for his tiny microhomes inspired by Japanese tea houses.

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1970s-Era Toledo Building Transformation Achieves LEED Platinum

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This 1970s-era neo-classical building underwent significant transformations to achieve LEED Platinum certification, but the architects, Duket Architects and Centerbrook Architects and Planners, were tasked with retaining the original facade, which was thought of as a local landmark.

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This Week in Energy News for March 29, 2013

This week in Jetson Green Energy News, Australia has a new addition to its list of carbon neutral cities, the Indian state of Gujarat will reduce water evaporation and produce energy from solar panels over canals, a new shower head from New Zealand engineers reduces water flow by fifty percent, Wisconsin is reducing pollution from a coal plant, New England is getting new high-performance housing communities, a new solar panel reduces cooling costs, a report shows the United States is the largest wind power market, and a Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative aims to improve the U.S. manufacturing sector’s energy productivity, and we have new upcoming green events.

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Melbourne Achieves Carbon Neutral Status

Low Carbon Australia, an independent carbon offsetting authority for the Australian Government, has certified the City of Melbourne to join Sydney, Yarra, and Moreland City as having met the National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS) for carbon neutral status.

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Blu Home Builds Joshua Tree Vacation Home for Disney Family

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Blu® Homes builds award-winning, architecturally designed prefab houses in a 250,000 square foot manufacturing facility near Vallejo, California using a proprietary steel framing and building technology that results in economical, low-maintenance houses that are strong, beautiful, and finished on-site.

The Blu | Origin is their most versatile design, allowing for numerous floor plan possibilities. From studios to small one-bedroom cottages to two-bedroom homes, the Origin can stand alone, work well as a home addition or guest house, or be combined with other Blu Homes models. With prices starting at $130,000 the Origin is available in three sizes that are 18 feet wide: 24 feet, 36 feet, and 48 feet.

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Bright Beads Pendant Lights Showcase Sustainable Design for LED and EE Lighting

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Bright Beads lighting pendants by Marz Designs are handcrafted from American Ash, American Oak, American Walnut, Rock Maple, and Smoked Ash (FSC-certified timbers), and come with E27 screw-in lamp holders that are suitable for LED and EE bulbs.

Six configurations are available, dubbed Abacus, Africa, Aleenta, Alice, Art, and Aztec, which can be hung individually or in clusters to create chandelier arrangements. Five feet of electrical cord facilitate their installation from ceiling hooks or through less obtrusive methods.

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Edison-Inspired LED Lamp is Energy-Efficient Replacement for Incandescents

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Lighting Science Group Corporation® has launched a new line of LED lamps that can serve as direct replacements for traditional general purpose lighting. The Definity Professional A19 LED lamps have been created with lightweight aluminum CoolPoly® thermal material that results in a lighter, more efficient, and less expensive option than incandescents.

The Definity Professional A19 LED lamp can achieve performance values of up to 71 lumens per watt while capable of dimming down to 5%. The GP19 LED lamp, which is also dimmable to 5%, compares to 40 watt lamps in ENERGY STAR equivalency performance at 80 lumens per watt.

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