I mentioned Wattvision previously, and the company is now running a Kickstarter campaign to deploy its complete the next generation of hardware, cover more types of power meters, and deploy the new hardware by about January 2013. Wattvision 2 includes a sensor that attaches to your home electricity meter and a gateway that connects up with your internet network. With these in place, a user can check electricity use online or from a smart phone.
- The wood certification gap.
- Big business for prefab micro-homes.
- Happier than ever with 128-square-foot home.
- Energy-efficient light bulbs may have a dark side.
- Modular housing for a shifting population.
- A new Passivhaus standard for North America.
- Disruptive marketing for green building.
- Pros and cons: to carpet or not to carpet.
- General contractor going green.
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Viridian Reclaimed Wood, a company we first mentioned in relation to their shipping pallet flooring, recently introduced a new range of FSC-certified, reclaimed, old-growth Douglas Fir tabletops. Co-owner Joe Mitchoff said the tabletops come from an inventory of beams reclaimed from abandoned warehouses, decrepit docks, and old gymnasiums.
I really like the dark-blue/black look of solar PV, but I suppose there may be someone that needs a different color, whether for aesthetics, compliance, or branding, etc. Colored Solar is trying to grab a toehold in this market with red, emerald green, forest green, and polished marble panels. In terms of panel efficiency, NREL found there is little performance compromised for a 16%+ efficiency colored 225W panel, according to Colored Solar.
Following the sale of Beachaus I, a contemporary prefab in the White Rock area of British Columbia, the neighboring Beachaus II now hits the market with a price tag of $1,275,000. The LEED Platinum home — three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, 2,025 square feet — was designed by Pb Elemental, fabricated by Method Homes, and developed by InHaus Development.
As you know, Sunset Magazine selected the Breezehouse by Blu Homes for the 2012 Idea House (last year it was a solar-powered container house). After we posted an initial article about the completed home, Blu sent us some more photos and a time-lapse video of the on-site build process. Watch the modules drop in place and walls fold down in button-up work. If you want to see the home in person, the modern prefab is open for tours every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm through September 9, 2012.