Seagull Streetlamp, Micro Green Tech That Inspires

This is just another example of micro-green technology in an entirely necessary and functional setting.  The video shows a streetlight running on both wind and solar in front of Panasonic Center in Tokyo.  In addition to the helix turbine and butterfly solar panels, there’s a high-efficiency light bulb and battery for capturing energy during the day (to be used at night).  Someone tell me why we don’t see more any of this in the U.S.?  Via EcoGeek.

By |January 30th, 2008|Energy Efficiency, Gadgets, Solar, Wind|1 Comment

Economically Eco-Friendly PowerHouse

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PowerHouse Enterprises is persistently chasing that sweet trifecta of style, economics, and sustainability.  This house here, built in Lawrence, Massachusetts, is en route to get LEED Platinum certification.  Says Quincy Vale, founder and President of PowerHouse:  "Overall, green is good, but the things that work are health and money.  Unless homeowners save money from their investment, I'm not sure it's going to sell."  I think he's hitting it right on the head with that statement. 

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By |January 24th, 2008|Energy Efficiency, LEED, Materials, Prefab, Single Family|0 Comments

Next Generation Wal-Mart Uses 25% Less Energy!

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I know, I know.  I’m treading on thin water with this one, what with all the haters and anti-sprawlsters out there.  But strictly to make the point that businesses can use less and save money, I like this story.  Next week, Wal-Mart will open the first store of the company’s next generation of green stores in Romeoville, Illinois.  Where their first generation of two green stores saved about 20% energy, this store will save about 25% energy.  The energy savings result from experimentations in refrigeration and heating/cooling systems in their first generation of green stores. 

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By |January 17th, 2008|Conservation, Corporate, Energy Efficiency, Nature, Retail|0 Comments

World's First LEED Platinum Home Remodel

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Live Green, Live Smart just received Platinum certification on one of their green home projects, The Sustainable House.  The Sustainable House is a remodeled, 1948 rambler that’s been converted to one of the greenest homes in the United States.  And they were kind enough to document all the details with a construction diary of the process and before/after photos, too (view below). 

The Sustainable House has a slew of green features that will one day be common in every abode: energy-efficient appliances, CFLs, natural Quartz countertops, Aquia dual-flush toilets, fly ash cement where used, four 130 feet closed-loop wells for geothermal energy, greywater system, super insulation, passive solar, photovoltaic panels, solar hot water system, Solatubes, and triple-glazed argon windows, to name a few.

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By |January 16th, 2008|Energy Efficiency, LEED, Single Family|0 Comments

An Earth-Friendly Home [Graphic]

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The average American releases about 50,000 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year.  A large portion of that comes from our homes and wasted, wasted energy.  Matter of fact, according to a recent McKinsey study, the single most cost-effective way to reduce GHG emissions is via building insulation.  Click on over to the Time Earth-Friendly Home graphic and move the lens around for other ideas to reduce GHG emissions and save some dolla, dolla bills.  Before you click over though, I will say, this is pretty basic information, but at least they provide some numbers and illustrate the impact of concerted effort. 

While you’re over there, check out this article, too:
++51 Things We Can Do to Save the Environment [Time]

By |January 11th, 2008|Conservation, Energy Efficiency, Gadgets|0 Comments

Aegean, the First Logical Homes Prefab

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4/4/2009 Update: Logical Homes has officially launched!

Tonight, Dwell posted image of AEGEAN, a modern prefab made of shipping containers.  If my information is correct, Aegean is the first prefab from Peter DeMaria for Logical Homes.  The Logical Homes website is still in pre-launch with just a simple landing page.  Aegean was built inside the CES convention center for Olevia, a company that makes energy-efficient TVs.  Via Dwell.

++Logical Homes – Next Generation Prefab [JG]