An In-Home Energy Display for the Fridge

At CES 2012, Wireless Glue Networks launched its second-generation in-home display called SmartLook.  SmartLook provides direct wireless access to smart meters with real-time information and is “The World’s First Refrigerator Magnet In-home Display,” according to Wireless Glue Networks.  SmartLook relays pricing information so homeowners can learn what saves energy and money at the same time.  It also stores historical usage and pricing information.  NRG Energy has a booth at CES showcasing the display; keep an eye out for something like this through your local electricity provider.

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By |January 10th, 2012|Energy Efficiency, Gadgets|1 Comment

Allure Intros EverSense Thermostat System

Allure Energy recently announced its new EverSense product line and officially unveiled the home environment and energy management system today at CES 2012.  EverSense is foremost a thermostat replacement with built-in speakers, Wi-FI, and a capacitive touch screen.  It’s also a platform to share energy-saving tips and content with homeowners.

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By |January 9th, 2012|Energy Efficiency, Gadgets|1 Comment

7 Pioneer Passivhaus Projects of 2011

The Passive House movement in the US was on a major tear in 2011 but for that awful split between PHIUS and international PHI.  The standard seemed free of maneuvers and politics and infighting, yet now there’s something about PHIUS+ certification and a ban on spray polyurethane foam insulation.  Oh boy!  Notwithstanding all of this, let’s not take anything from the following incredible, high-performance, completed projects discussed in the past year that sought or achieved Passive House certification.

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By |December 29th, 2011|List, Passive House, Single Family|5 Comments

16 Leading LEED Platinum Projects of 2011

I’ve pulled together projects, mostly homes, of all kinds — new, old, modern, traditional, etc — that we discussed in the last year.  These projects either obtained or sought LEED Platinum certification from the USGBC, and they’re some of the greener homes you’ll find most anywhere.  Click the links below for hours and hours of reading.

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By |December 28th, 2011|LEED, Lists|7 Comments

LEED Gold Hall Built with 184 Modules

SUNY’s Centennial Hall, a student dorm completed this summer, has earned LEED Gold certification, according to gbNYC, making it one of the largest modular construction projects in the state of New York.  It’s not the only modular student building — The Modules is but another modular project on my mind — though The Centennial showcases what’s good about off-site construction with a total of about 184 wood modules.

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By |December 22nd, 2011|LEED, Multifamily, Prefab|4 Comments

EnhanceLite is an Ultra Efficient Light Bulb

If you weren’t already busy enough keeping track of all the new LED bulbs hitting the market, here’s one more.  This is a 60-watt equivalent, omnidirectional led lamp by Florida-based LEDnovation.  The EnhanceLite A19 LED is designed and manufactured in the USA and has the following specifications: 810 lumens, 9.4 watts, 2700 Kelvin, 94 CRI, and a five-year warranty.

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By |December 8th, 2011|Energy Efficiency, Gadgets|1 Comment