One of the entries this year in Project Playhouse, an annual fundraiser by HomeAid, is a net-zero playhouse called the Ocean Adventure Lab. The structure, designed by LPA Inc. and built by Turner Construction, will be auctioned off in early September. In the mean time, it's on display at the Irvine Spectrum Center illustrating a number of sustainable elements.
Earlier this week, West Elm introduced the Pratt Home Office collection of eco-friendly and affordable furniture. Created in collaboration with The Pratt Institute, the five-piece set includes items made with FSC certified wood, non-toxic glues, water-based stains, and powder-coated steel that can be recycled. There's also a clever LED task lamp in the mix and, although some pieces are on sale now, prices range from $99 to $299.
Update: See the completed Passive House retrofit in California!
This is the first Passive House in California and the first retrofit Passive House in the entire country, according to a press release issued by Solar Knights Construction earlier this week. The airtight retrofit was accomplished with, among other things, superior insulation, triple-glazed windows, and an energy recovery ventilation system.