Since I last shared photos of the Dow POWERHOUSE Solar Shingle, this line of business has picked up. In October 2011, the Solar Shingle launched in Colorado, and Dow expanded the launch to Texas and California in April 2012. As part of the launch, this commercial — lazy roof — aired recently to show these markets how Dow is helping to reinvent the roof so that it not only provides shelter but power, too.
California-based Insteon just announced the new Insteon LED Bulb 8 Watt, which is the first networked, remotely controlled, dimmable LED light bulb in the world, according to the company. The bulb sells online for $29.99 and is designed to conserve a significant amount of energy over the standard 60-watt incandescent. Nonetheless, intelligence, not efficiency, is the name of the game with this controllable screw-type light bulb.
When I mentioned a project by students aiming to build the greenest house in Canada (by means of the Living Building Challenge and LEED Platinum certification), I noted that students planned to use “prefabricated straw bale walls.” It turns out they finished this portion of the project using BioSIPs from NatureBuilt Wall Systems in Ontario, Canada.
Zola European Windows recently sent us a press release with information about their new array of windows and doors made in a CAD/CAM facility in Europe. The company is owned by Florian Speier, a Swiss architect and Certified Passive House Consultant, and headquartered in Colorado to serve U.S. and Canadian customers. The aim is to provide products that are durable, energy-efficient, airtight, beautiful, and affordable.
In the USA, most windows are probably single- or double-glazed and some builders will use triple-glazed windows for Passive House and other high-performance homes. But in Hanover, Germany, a 12-glazed window prototype by Mariusz Paszkowski and Antoni Kostka was the star of the recent International Passive House Conference, according to Der Standard. Check out these windows with aerogel!
I’ve been following Matt Risinger’s blog for about a year, because he’s sharing great videos about high-performance homes in Austin, Texas. Take this video about using old pine siding from a home built in 1935. The siding is in a condition to be reclaimed because it’s had enough air to dry when wet over the years. Now that it’s being re-used, Risinger shares the vented rainscreen he used to make sure the siding lasts another 80 years.