Natural Wool Insulation from Oregon

Insulation is one tough nut to crack. As if you don’t already have several options and factors to consider, I thought I’d mention one more: natural wool insulation by Oregon Shepherd.  The company makes batt (PermaBatt) and loose fill (PermaLoft) insulation products, and they both look pretty impressive on paper.  Oregon Shepard believes they have the “only loose fill, blown-in wool insulation in the world.


By |February 4th, 2011|Materials, Nature|7 Comments

Simple Urban Beekeeping for Under $500

Interest in urban chickens is growing and — it would seem — the same holds true for urban beekeeping.  An outfit out of West Bend, Wisconsin,, is selling personal use beehives for $450, including everything but bees and the know how.  The kit comes IKEA-style ready for assembly with a screwdriver and Allen wrench.  A single, top-bar Beepod will create about 40 pounds of high-quality honey, as well as propolis, pollen, and wax, if you harvest it.


By |February 1st, 2011|Conservation, Nature|3 Comments

Lush Succulent Wall in Newport Beach


This is one of the largest succulent walls in southern California with 60 individual panels and just under 3,000 succulents.  The massive vertical wall was installed at the True Food Kitchen in Newport Beach and designed by Joe Zazzera.  Plant Solutions specified the wall, plant type, plumbing, irrigation, electricity, and drainage. 


By |August 20th, 2010|Nature, Vegetation|0 Comments

Compact and Green: Wave House


This affordable, 1,400 square-foot home is under construction near Reims, France, according to Dezeen.  With a curvy green roof — somewhat similar to the one seen at Birchway Eco-Community — Wave House has a double-skin polycarbonate glass facade and a vegetated surface to shield against summer heat and winter cold . 


By |June 1st, 2010|Nature|2 Comments

Innovative Lifewall Living Facade Tiles


Earlier this year, Ceracasa unveiled Lifewall, a modular living wall tile for exterior applications made in one square meter panels.  Lifewall was designed by and currently marketed globally by Emilio Llobat of Maqla Architects, Azahar Energy, and Ceracasa.


By |May 18th, 2010|Gadgets, Nature|3 Comments

Noticed: The Packaged Vertical Garden


There's a push for density and urbanization and efficient use of space, but all too often a connection to nature is lost in the process.  Luzinterruptus, a guerrilla style outfit out of Madrid, recently installed this Packaged Vertical Garden to make a statement about the importance of preserving urban greenery. 


By |March 26th, 2010|Nature, Vegetation|1 Comment