Boosting Ecological Savings with a Box

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Sally Kuchar, editor of Curbed SF, noticed these Boost Boxes at the Green Festival in San Francisco the other weekend.  The company that makes them, Boost Home, put a lot of work into making dead-simple, unintimidating boxes to help people increase their energy, water, and money savings.  Boxes include products, instructions, audit information, and other goodies.  Check out a few:

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By |November 8th, 2010|Energy Efficiency, Water Efficiency|0 Comments

Getting a Home Energy Assessment

You may not be in a position to design and build a new green home with cutting-edge design, techniques, and products. Most people aren’t. But it's definitely a good idea to invest in your existing home to make it more energy efficient, healthy, and green. That’s what I’m doing with my old place built in 1958. Probably the first place to start is with a home energy assessment or energy audit, explained in this video.

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By |November 2nd, 2010|Energy Efficiency, video|0 Comments

New Thermally Broken rSTUD Lumber

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Colorado-based Ec Manufacturing started making structural insulated panels (SIPs) about a year and a half ago.  The company was studying 2009 building code and thinking about how to innovate their products, when someone decided the building industry could use a thermally broken lumber material.  That led to the creation of rSTUD.

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By |October 28th, 2010|Energy Efficiency, Green Tech, Materials|18 Comments

Eco Automatic Combo Sink Dishwasher

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I can see the value in a combo sink dishwasher like this Eco Automatic concept from Electrolux and Ahha Project.  Why not eliminate a step in the middle and put the sink to better use?  The concept has two racks rotating on an axis — fill one side, spin it around, let it wash, and work from the other side.  Seems like it may be tough to fill up a crescent-shaped bowl, but other than that, Eco Automatic could be the kitchen appliance of the future.  Thoughts?

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By |October 27th, 2010|Green Tech, Water Efficiency|0 Comments

Passive House Going Up in New York

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The scaffolding is down and progress is being made on what could be the first Passive House in New York, according to Curbed NY.  The mixed-use project is located in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn at 174 Grand Street and designed by Loadingdock5, an architectural studio from the same neighborhood.

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By |October 26th, 2010|Energy Efficiency, Passive House|0 Comments

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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By |October 25th, 2010|Fixtures, Water Efficiency|1 Comment