I’ve seen innovation in the smart LED space from the likes of Google and Insteon, but San Francisco-based LIFX Labs aims to reinvent the light bulb with a new, successfully-funded Kickstarter project called LIFX. The LED bulb is WiFi-enabled, energy-efficient, multi-colored, and controllable from an iPhone or Android. It will be available as Edison-type, bayonet cap, or downlight with everything necessary to work at home or in a business with a pledge from $69 on Kickstarter.
- 8 Homes with Living Roofs.
- Wind: a source of energy to power the world.
- Why your toxic sofa is full of flame retardants.
- Top-of-the-line windows are a waste of money.
- Net-zero home could reduce utility bills to nothing.
- Prefab design: an interview with Rocio Romero.
- Edison-type LEDs, the light bulb of the future.
- Caution: beware of energy-saving scams.
- Sustainable, million-dollar homes.
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As mentioned earlier this week, a new Blu Homes prefab will open for tours this weekend, September 15-16, 2012, in Joshua Tree, California. The home was built for Tim Disney with two Origin units and a separate guest unit. Each Origin unit, to give you a ballpark on the value of a home like this, starts at $135,000 in California, according to information on the Blu Homes website.
Reclaimed wood adds warmth and character to any environment, but unlike virgin wood, sourcing, installing, finishing, and caring for reclaimed wood comes with its own set of challenges. This five-part series discusses reclaimed wood benefits and current trends, as well as incorporates many of Viridian Reclaimed Wood’s past blog posts pertaining to sourcing and choosing a finish for reclaimed wood in residential construction and remodeling.
Starting in October 2012, Woolly Pocket will have a new Living Wall Planter available for sale from $26.99, according to the LA Times. The product isn’t soft like the standard Wally made with 100% recycled PET. It’s made with hard recycled plastic not to include BPA and equipped with a self-watering tank. The modular planter may be installed inside or outside and will be available in white, green, brown, gray, black, orange, and yellow.
The media relations group for Oak Ridge National Laboratory just released more information about recent field tests by ORNL of a new roof and attic system that keeps homes cool in the summer and prevents heat loss in the winter. The system is explained in the graphic embedded above (click to expand). In addition, I’ve included some graphics below to illustrate more of what the system looks like and how it saves energy.