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4 Energy-Efficient Products to Keep You Warm and Green This Winter

From the Green Builder magazine’s annual Editor’s Choice list of The Top Hot 50 Products for green building, we have selected four of their featured eco-friendly products that will help to keep you warm for the rest of the winter (or help you get ready for the winter of you’re south of the equator). Selection criteria for the Green Builder editors included: How well-made is a product? How long will it last? How often does it need maintenance? How efficiently does the product process resources? Has the product been crafted in a renewable and sustainable manner?

Hwam 3055 FS Freestanding Wood Fireplace

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Designed by Denmark’s Strand + Hvass, the Hwam 3055 FS fireplace is EPA-certified and burns for four to five hours to provide heat for as much as 1,900 square feet of living space. It features a glass fire-screen that easily swings up. Drawing air across the glass, it stays fairly clean, and it can be removed for more meticulous cleaning.

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Bright Beads Pendant Lights Showcase Sustainable Design for LED and EE Lighting

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Bright Beads lighting pendants by Marz Designs are handcrafted from American Ash, American Oak, American Walnut, Rock Maple, and Smoked Ash (FSC-certified timbers), and come with E27 screw-in lamp holders that are suitable for LED and EE bulbs.

Six configurations are available, dubbed Abacus, Africa, Aleenta, Alice, Art, and Aztec, which can be hung individually or in clusters to create chandelier arrangements. Five feet of electrical cord facilitate their installation from ceiling hooks or through less obtrusive methods.

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Edison-Inspired LED Lamp is Energy-Efficient Replacement for Incandescents

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Lighting Science Group Corporation® has launched a new line of LED lamps that can serve as direct replacements for traditional general purpose lighting. The Definity Professional A19 LED lamps have been created with lightweight aluminum CoolPoly® thermal material that results in a lighter, more efficient, and less expensive option than incandescents.

The Definity Professional A19 LED lamp can achieve performance values of up to 71 lumens per watt while capable of dimming down to 5%. The GP19 LED lamp, which is also dimmable to 5%, compares to 40 watt lamps in ENERGY STAR equivalency performance at 80 lumens per watt.

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Green Design with Breathtaking Views

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This is the last installment in our series called Energy-Efficient Windows 101 made possible by Marvin Windows and Doors.  Last time I discussed how Marvin windows contribute towards LEED certification, and today want to wrap it up with this showcase of an award-winning home in Leicester, North Carolina.  Designed by Eric Gartner of New York-based SPG Architects, the energy-efficient home has a custom configuration of Marvin windows providing expansive southern and western views.

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Milan’s Bosco Verticale On Track to Become World’s First Vertical Forest

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Milan, Italy is one of Europe’s most polluted cities, its air quality frequently breaching safety limits set by the EU and causing city officials to install a ventilation system in 2009 in an effort to reduce damage to Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper that resides in the Santa Maria delle Grazie church. In 2003, a medical study compared breathing air in Milan to smoking almost a pack of cigarettes each day. On top of that, there is less space dedicated to vegetation in Milan than any other Italian city. Read more »

Roundhouse Garden Buildings Inspired by Yurts

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Rotunda Living, a small home builder based in the United Kingdom, has designed some small, contemporary round houses inspired by nature’s shapes and elements. They look like the perfect backyard getaway to use as a studio, guest bedroom, pool house, or meditative escape space.

The design is similar to a yurt, but with solid walls. The plan is to use locally-sourced materials and a local supply chain to create quality, sustainable materials that will not sacrifice aesthetics. Each design uses natural, breathable, and efficient materials for insulation and construction, providing a healthy environment that inspires creativity in an atmosphere inspired by nature. Read more »

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