This is the first Passive House certified new house on the West Coast (joining a California remodel in the Pacific Coast certification club). The traditional home, located in Salem, Oregon, was built with a number of green materials by Bilyeu Homes, Inc. It's also airtight, ultra-insulated, and very energy efficient — as are other Passive Houses we've discussed in Utah, Kansas, and Louisiana.
A couple weeks ago, the FTC released a final rule relating to new labels for light bulb packaging. The labels are designed to help consumers understand the differences between traditional incandescent, compact fluorescent (CFL), and light emitting diode (LED) bulbs. They’re also supposed to help consumers save money and energy, which is, after all, the ultimate goal with new technology.
This startup company, RavenBrick, was profiled by the New York Times for its simple and smart window technology. It's a window like nothing else on the market. Using patented and patent pending technology, RavenWindow has a reflective film that's keyed to the outside temperature. When warm, the film reflects light to reduce solar heat gain. Conversely, when cool, the film becomes transparent to allow a comfortable amount of heat gain.
Copeland Casati, founder of Green Cabin Kits and Green Modern Kits, is busy these days. When she's not working on her own passive solar casa ti, she's helping folks across the country with theirs. Casati also just unveiled a revamped and newly engineered Dogtrot Mod Kit House, which is an energy-efficient 1,500 square-foot home with a 500 square-foot screened porch in the middle.
Announcements from LightFair this week lit up the news world. Lighting Science Group introduced cheap 40-watt and 60-watt replacement Definity LEDs, while Philips unveiled a brighter, more expensive 60-watt replacement EnduraLED. Not content with sitting the sidelines, Osram Sylvania today announced a bright 60-watt replacement LED that outputs 810 lumens.