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Envi WaterSense Rainshower from Moen

Recently Moen sent us an Envi showerhead to test out for fun.  Installing the fancy new fixture took nothing more than a few minutes, and I’ve been using it for a few weeks to get a good feel for how it works.  All things said, Envi saves water and provides good flow, although of the two functions, rain and rinse, rinse is by far the best for daily showering.

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BUILDER Reveals New Concept Home

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Builder magazine recently announced plans for the 2011 Concept Home, officially called the KB Home GreenHouse: An Idea Home Created with Martha Stewart.  The home has been designed for net-zero energy use, resource efficiency, and LEED Platinum certification. 

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Luxury LEED Townhouse in Manhattan

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Notwithstanding the economy, I imagine there are folks in Manhattan that would drop $6.8 million on a green townhouse without batting an eyelash.  Here’s such a place, now listed with Michael Pellegrino of Sotheby’s, that received a mention in the Wall Street Journal.  The home includes 12 rooms, 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 15 closets, 2 laundry rooms, 1 wine cellar, and a personal elevator.  It comes with LEED Gold certification.

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Ice Energy Gets Cash to Cool Buildings

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Colorado-based Ice Energy today announced an infusion of Series C financing in the form of $24 million, according to a press release.  The company will use this money to support the deployment of utility-scale distributed energy storage products and a 53-megawatt project in California.  Ice Energy also wants to explore new products and expand to a wider set of customers. 

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Efficient Home Earns Elite Certification

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Last April we mentioned a noteworthy project called the Passive House in the Woods.  It’s a Wisconsin home with carbon-neutral ambitions designed by Tim Delhey Eian of TE Studio.  It’s also the first Passive House in the state.  PHitW meets the requirements of the Passive House standard, i.e. ultra-tight envelope, high efficiency heating and cooling, and minimal energy demand.

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Ecooler Hollow Ceramic Cooling Screen

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Mey and Boaz Kahn, Studio Kahn, submitted this ecooler screen for iida 2010 and took home third prize.  Ecooler is a concept hollow tile that connects with other tiles, creating a wall of water-filled ceramics.  It's intended to provide an alternative option for cooling internal spaces by seepage and evaporation during the day, according to DesignBoom

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