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42 posts from February 2010

February 28, 2010

The New Green, Smarter Buildings, Performance Slippage, + Sweet Passive

Week in Review

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February 27, 2010

Green Ideabox Fortino Opens in Oregon

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Ideabox's newest prefab model, the Fortino, is on display at the Portland Home & Garden Show this weekend, so you'll want to check it out if you're in the area.  The Salem-based prefab company teamed up with Crate & Barrel to design the interior and several landscape designers to transform a 50'x100' show space into a contemporary landscape setting.  Jim Russell, president of Ideabox, says it's a complete "living experience" on an urban lot. 

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February 26, 2010

VAST's New Recycled Content Paver

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Our last article on VAST Pavers generated substantial discussion in the comments.  The company makes composite masonry with roughly 90-95% recycled scrap tire rubber and plastics.  The pavers are light, durable, and apply in a cinch once the proprietary grid has been laid.  Up until recently, VAST has been expanding business with a 3"x6" paver, but now they also have a new 4"x8" paver that was designed with larger projects in mind. 

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February 25, 2010

The OC Gets a Luxury Platinum Home

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Developer Steve Blanchard set out to build one of the greenest homes in Orange County, and he may just have accomplished that.  In fact, this home, the Costa Mesa Green Home, is the first custom residence in the OC to receive LEED Platinum certification.  Although 5,000 square feet in size, the home exceeds California Energy Code by 40% and isn't expected to generate an electricity bill outside of standard add-on fees. 

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Update: Duany Flat Pack Haiti Cabins

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A few weeks ago, we mentioned the strong flat pack prefabs designed by Andrés Duany for Haiti.  That effort is moving forward, and we've been able to catch a photo of a built prototype (see above).  InnoVida Holdings, LLC, manufacturer of the lightweight fiber composite panels used to build the prototype, today announced plans to build a factory near Port-au-Prince and donate 1,000 of these houses to Haiti.  It's a massive endeavor that could lead to the production of 10,000 homes per year and 250 direct jobs in the country. 

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Modern Green Prefab by Ma Modular

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We like to keep a pulse on the evolving world of green prefab, but there's an Austin-based company that we've yet to mention.  Ma Modular, a venture of design build firm KRDB, turned to modular construction to make modern design approachable, affordable, and convenient.  The company is also committed to good design and green building and aims to deliver projects with a quick turnaround.

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February 24, 2010

The Bloom Box and Buildings [Video]

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If you had the chance to catch 60 Minutes on Sunday, you saw their exclusive on Bloom Energy.  The company has been in stealth mode for some time, but all of that appears to be over.  As reported by Lesley Stahl, which you can view in the video embedded below, Bloom makes a fuel cell that will be used to power homes (in the future) and commercial buildings (right now).

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February 23, 2010

Super Efficient Breezeway House in Utah

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This beautiful home will probably be the first certified Passive House in the state of Utah.  Passive House consultant Dave Brach, principal of Brach Design Architecture, anticipates receiving a certificate in the next week or so.  He designed the Breezeway House to consume only 10% of the energy of an existing single family home of the same size and location and 20% of the energy of a new home built to code.  What's more, solar electric and hot water panels should produce about 75% of the home's annual energy needs. 

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New Container House Prototype for Haiti

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Of the temporary and permanent housing solutions envisioned for Haiti, there's everything but a shortage.  On this site alone, we've supported Shelter Box and mentioned efforts by House Arc and Andrés Duany.  Another effort that recently caught our attention is this Shipping Container Housing project to rapidly fabricate temporary relief housing out of 20 foot used containers.  

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February 22, 2010

Top 7 Green Trends for 2010 [EcoHome]

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At the beginning of every year, there's a tradition for the industry to talk about trends.  We've done it in the past, but this year we reviewed trends published by Jerry Yudelson and the Earth Advantage Institute.  Now, EcoHome Magazine has published it's own list of seven green trends that will impact homeowners and green building professionals.  Here they are:

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