October 7, 2006: National Tour of Solar Homes Day

To kick off the Natural Energy Awareness Month of October, the American Solar Energy Society (www.ases.org) will be sponsoring the National Tour of Solar Homes on October 7, 2006.  A solar home tour will […]

By |September 10th, 2006|Categories: Gadgets, Solar, Wind|Tags: , |2 Comments

Blog Tagged by the Eco-Entrepreneur

Well…I’ve been blog tagged by the eco-entrepreneur, Shea.  Here it goes…

A Book that Changed My Life:The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.  Honestly, I don’t agree with the concept that one […]

By |September 9th, 2006|Categories: book|Tags: |3 Comments

miniHome: Modern + Green Urban RV

Introducing the miniHome.  Technically, it’s an RV, but it’s also designed for year-round living in extreme climates.  Ask the company, and they’ll tell you it’s perfect as a ski chalet, vacation retreat, cottage, guest cabin, or simple + luxurious home-away-from-home.  The base price is about $107,000 USD (max price $167,000), and if you’re thinking of hauling it around, you’ll need a vehicle that can handle a 14,000 pound haul.

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By |September 6th, 2006|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab, Solar|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

Linz, Austria Hotel Tubes – Dasparkhotel

I was skimming through one of my favorite magazines called Architectural Review, and I noticed a really cool article entitled "Tubular Troglodytes."  I couldn’t find the article online, but I did some research on the architect and discovered a hotel in Linz, Austria with the name of dasparkhotel.  Some of the website is in German, so I found the Google Translator somewhat (not completely) helpful.  From what I understand, Dasparkhotel is a concept creation of Andrea Strauss. 

As far as accomodations, this place isn’t that bad!  You get a double bed, fresh blankets (or sleeping bags–can’t tell from the translation), lighting, moon/day light hole in ceiling, stow-a-way space beneath the bed, 220 V power connection, and an internet connection. Further, the surrounding area has toilets, showers, and a minibar & cafe. 

Each tubular hotel room was created with redesigned, standardized sewer pipes, with a diameter large enough for normal people to stand up.  Reservations for a "room" can be made online, and you use a code received via email to access the room.  Apparently, the pay rate is "pay as you wish."  I couldn’t discover whether the surrounding area services (toilet, minibar, shower, & cafeteria) were "pay as you wish"–meaning if you use it, you pay for it–or the actual hotel tube was "pay as you wish"–choose the amount and pay it.  Regardless, I think this is a great idea!

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By |September 4th, 2006|Categories: Hotel, Modern architecture, Prefab|Tags: |5 Comments

LivingHomes Prefab in BusinessWeek

This week’s edition of BusinessWeek has a feature on LivingHomes and entrepreneur Steve Glenn, founder of the company.  Glenn is a leader in the growing movement that is green prefab — modern, prefabricated homes built with sustainability in mind.  The BusinessWeek feature also includes a slide show of the first LEED-H Platinum certified home in the country, and some of photos are pictured above and below.

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By |September 3rd, 2006|Categories: LEED, Modern architecture, Prefab|Tags: , , , |8 Comments

Bush Library Candidate SMU Takes LEED with Embrey Engineering Building

The official opening for the J. Lindsay Embrey Engineering Building is set for September 8, 2006. This event marks the beginning of an explosion of green building projects slated for the Dallas area. Sustainable […]

By |August 28th, 2006|Categories: LEED, News|Tags: |1 Comment
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