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No-Flush Touch-Free Urinal for Homes

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In his Cool Product of the Week article, Alex Wilson has the story on this Baja urinal designed for residential use by the Waterless Company.  The no-flush, touch-free toilet retails for $248 and has to potential to save about 3,250 gallons of water per year, assuming a home with two males, three uses, and 340 days, according to Building Green.

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Net Zero Sungazing House in Park City

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Last weekend, I had the opportunity to tour this newly-built net-zero energy home in Park City, Utah.  The Sungazing House, built by Tall Pines Construction and designed by Jean Yves Lacroix, is home to the O’Meara family of four and features impressive views of the surrounding area.  Perhaps more impressive, however, is the fact that it’s pursuing Passive House, LEED Platinum, and NAHB Emerald certifications.

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California LivingHome Earns Platinum

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Yesterday, LivingHomes announced that this modern prefab in Newport Beach received LEED Platinum certification.  Designed by KieranTimberlake, the KTLH1.5 model home was a showcase for TED 2009 and features stylish, contemporary interiors from Kristin Kilmer Design.  Steve Glenn, CEO of LivingHomes, said the home “uses far less energy, water, and materials resources than most homes and … has far better indoor air quality.”

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Green Moderne Townhomes in Houston

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Home builder, Green Mode Designs, LLC, recently finished this townhouse project on an infill lot near Memorial Park in Houston, Texas. Two of the homes are on the market for $450,000 – $470,000, while the third received LEED Gold certification and is already sold. This solar-powered home, based on the HERS Rating, is 56% more efficient than a standard home and uses 33% less water.

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The Belmont Earns LEED Silver in Dallas

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This project, The Belmont Apartments, is the first apartment community in the Dallas/Fort Worth area to receive LEED Silver, according to UDR, Inc., a multifamily REIT that developed the project.  Located at 2500 Bennett Avenue, Belmont has 464 units in five buildings.  Since its opening, interest from the community has been higher than expected — likely driven by the combination of green aspects and modern design. 

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Using Smart Insight to Conserve Energy

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Let’s just say you need to know how much power a certain device is using. You can do that with this new product from Belkin. Conserve Insight, available for pre-order on Amazon for $29.99, was designed to help consumers conserve energy. The energy monitor shows you how much a device costs in watts, dollars, and carbon dioxide using preloaded or custom rate information. Belkin also has three other Conserve gadgets available for pre-order should you have the need: Smart AV, Valet, and Socket.

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