The Nation’s First WaterSense Homes


KB Home announced the completion of four energy-efficient homes in the Springwood community in the City of Roseville, California.  What’s noteworthy, you might agree, is the fact that they’re the first in the nation to receive the WaterSense label.  And KB Home intends to complete every home in the community to the same standard, making it the first in the country to do so.


By |December 3rd, 2010|News, Water Efficiency|0 Comments

Take a Pledge for Healthy LEED Buildings


Perhaps you heard about a report by Environment & Human Health, Inc., which was published earlier this year, LEED Certification: Where Energy Efficiency Collides with Human Health.  In it, to summarize, the authors suggest that the USGBC creates a false impression that buildings are "healthy" when the LEED system doesn't really do much to remove harmful chemicals from products and buildings.  The report started a media frenzy on the topic. 


By |November 23rd, 2010|IAQ, LEED, News|0 Comments

60-Watt Equivalent LEDs for Below $40

If you’re looking for long-lasting, energy-efficient lighting, 60-watt replacement LEDs are on the way to big box retailers.  These lights screw in just like typical incandescents, but they use less than a quarter of the energy and have no mercury, unlike CFLs.


By |November 22nd, 2010|Energy Efficiency, Green Tech|5 Comments

A Passive House Hotel in Washington?


The small town of Oroville — north central Washington four miles from the border — has big aspirations.  A developer has plans to build the first Passive House hotel in North America, according to

Developer Steve Morberg already secured Highway 97 frontage for the project and will use a design by Bôd Structures, formerly known as American Container Homes, to construct the hotel in phases.


By |November 19th, 2010|Hotel, Passive House|0 Comments

H2hotel has a Wavy Living Green Roof


While not as pronounced as the California Academy of Sciences museum, I think it's safe to say that this undulating green roof covering the new h2hotel is just as beautiful.  The hotel, which gets its name from being the sister to Hotel Healdsburg, was designed by David Baker + Partners and is pursuing LEED Gold certification.  It's also a nominee for the People's Choice Award from the Redwood Empire Chapter of the AIA. 


By |November 18th, 2010|Green Roof, Hotel, LEED|0 Comments

Prevent Plug Load Waste with Modlet

Modlet-thinkeco-outlet ThinkEco just announced that it's taking orders from business clients for its flagship product called the Modlet, which is short for modern outlet.  Modlet is a smart outlet that monitors power usage and disconnects from the power to save energy when the plugged-in gadget isn't in use. 

In other words, Modlet was designed to help reduce and prevent plug-load electricity waste.  The smart outlet requires no time to install and a network of Modlets can be monitored for real-time consumption data, according to ThinkEco. 

ThinkEco says companies that install Modlets site-wide can achieve reductions of anywhere from 35-80% in power consumed by each plugged-in device, resulting in up to a 10% reduction in overall electricity costs. 


By |November 11th, 2010|Energy Efficiency, Green Tech|0 Comments