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Rapson Greenbelt, Modern Passive Solar Prefab

I’m seriously loving the Rapson Greenbelt here by Wieler.  Wieler was founded by the owner of the Original Dwell Home and offers a nice selection of prefab designs for the modern, green home enthusiast.  Speaking of the Rapson Greenbelt, Inhabitat reports: "Modernist architect Ralph Rapson has managed to reinterpret this 60-year old design with the green panache of a 21st century prefab.  The Rapson Greenbelt, an articulate series of prefab dwellings, is derived from a 1945 design called Case Study #4, which debuted back then as part of Arts & Architecture’s Case Study House Program.  Today, the Rapson Greenbelt is part of the modern home portfolio from WIELER, the award-winning providers of custom prefab homes."

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By |February 26th, 2008|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab, Single Family|Tags: |1 Comment
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Bear Creek – Recycled Glass, Sinks and Lighting

There are not a lot of choices out there for eco-lighting or eco-sinks, but Bear Creek Glass is one nice option.  Bear Creek Glass is an artisan company that creates beautiful, artful glass sinks and lighting.  Half of their products are made from 100% recycled glass and the others are made partially of recycled glass.  Styles range from traditional and antique to simple and modern. 

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By |February 25th, 2008|Categories: Materials, Modern design, Recycled|0 Comments
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The First Positive Energy Mixed-Use Building in the World

Just last week, Chicago architecture firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill was chosen to design the world's first positive energy, mixed-use building for the world's first zero-carbon, zero-waste, car-free city called Masdar.  As a "positive energy" building, the design aims to generate more energy each day than it consumes.  The 1.4 million sf headquarters shown above will serve as the centerpiece of Masdar City, which will end up being about a $22 billion development in Abu Dhabi.

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By |February 24th, 2008|Categories: Land Use, Modern architecture|Tags: |5 Comments
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Green Realtors, the Eco-Paradox, Big Green China, + Solar versus the Environment [WIR]

How green is my realtor? Eco-Paradox: green homes, gas-guzzling commutes.  LA ready on new green building standards. China’s green race against urban surge.  Neighbors clash over trees and […]

By |February 23rd, 2008|Categories: Land Use, News, Week in Review|0 Comments

[Video] William McDonough on Natural World Design

This is a brand spanking new video of the inspiring William McDonough speaking at the World Future Energy Summit in January 2008.  He wrote the book on this topic — and it’s made of […]

By |February 22nd, 2008|Categories: News|Tags: , |0 Comments
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The 32nd Street Eco-Infill Home

Prefab company Eco-Infill and architectural services firm Studio H:T designed this modular, green home to be the first LEED certified, factory-built home in Colorado.  The 32nd Street home was built with two staggered modules with the top module jutting out the back to create a shaded patio.  It’s quite the great looking home, and as you can tell with the rendering above, it’s all done (took about 7 months total from start to finish).  A recent article about the home in Rocky Mountain News reports that the home cost about $325,000 to construct and $150,000 for the land, which equals about $176 psf.  Not bad in Colorado. 

The 2,700 sf home is currently in the process of seeking LEED certification.  Maybe I’ll drive down and check it out sometime.  Looks pretty close to the rendering below, too.   

++First LEED Certified Factory-built, Modular Home in Colorado [PDF]

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By |February 22nd, 2008|Categories: LEED, Modern architecture, Prefab, Single Family|Tags: |0 Comments
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