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43 posts from March 2010

March 31, 2010

Fincube Prefab Low Energy House

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Studio Aisslinger, designer of the Loftcube, recently unveiled this new modular design for a home that's transportable, sustainable, and low energy, all at the same time.  According to Design Boom, Fincube, a 500 square-foot structure with a kitchen, living space, bedroom, and bathroom, was built with locally sourced wood in Northern Italy and features 360-degree triple glazing windows. 

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Downsizing with IKEA Modular Dwelling

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You've probably heard about IKEA's prefab homes offered overseas called BoKlok.  This isn't anything like that, but it has some interesting potential.  As discovered by Michael Janzen of Tiny House Design, IKEA recently teamed up with ReadyMade to show these ReadyMade Signature Modular Dwellings at a few locations along the West Coast.  The dwelling has a full kitchen, living room, and bedroom -- all tightly packaged in a tiny little space. 

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March 30, 2010

Emeco with a New Recycled Material

New-111-navy-chair

Emeco, maker of iconic chairs with 80% recycled aluminum, will soon offer the Navy Chair made with recycled Coca-Cola bottles, according to Dezeen.  Representing four years of research, 111 Navy Chair will be made with 111 PET bottles, or about 65% post-consumer content.  According to Emeco, not only will the chair be "super strong, durable and comfortable," but it will also be "warm, colorful and about half the price of the aluminum one."  Thoughts?  Available exclusively from DWR.

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Traditional LEED Platinum in Georgia

Chadwick Exterior

New World Home, a design-build company, recently took LEED Platinum for another traditional home in Geogia.  Like the other one nearby, this Marietta home was factory-built in modules and has a slew of green features.  It's the company's Chadwick design and the award-winning home also carries NAHB Gold and EarthCraft Gold certifications.

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March 29, 2010

In the LEED: Melrose Commons, Holy Wisdom Monastery, Willow Creek Center

USGBC - LEED

On a weekly basis, we probably hear about 5-10 projects receiving some form of LEED certification and they certainly deserve some sort of recognition.  So we're going to publish "In the LEED" every so often to share a little bit about what's going on in the industry.  Of course, we'll also take some time to showcase LEED projects on a more thorough basis, so stay tuned. In the mean time, check these four projects out.  Some impressive work ...

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March 28, 2010

Dollars and Sense, Green Priorities, Cement Gold, + Energy Star Audits

Week in Review

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March 27, 2010

Nine Modern Homes in Taltree EcoVillage

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After nearly three years of planning, Taltree ecoVillage by YS Development is gaining a little steam.  Located in Redmond, Washington -- not more than a bike ride from the company Bill Gates co-founded -- Taltree includes a collection of nine modern, green homes built to the highest green building and energy efficiency standards. 

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March 26, 2010

Noticed: The Packaged Vertical Garden

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There's a push for density and urbanization and efficient use of space, but all too often a connection to nature is lost in the process.  Luzinterruptus, a guerrilla style outfit out of Madrid, recently installed this Packaged Vertical Garden to make a statement about the importance of preserving urban greenery. 

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Stylish New Green Prefab from FabCab

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The accessory dwelling unit is in style these days, especially in the Pacific Northwest.  We’ve seen this with Backyard Boxes in the Seattle and laneway houses in Vancouver, and now FabCab would like to help this market out in Seattle, too.  FabCab – short for fabulous cabin –- is a new endeavor by Emory Baldwin to sell eco-friendly prefab and kit dwellings.

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March 25, 2010

Net Zero Energy Re-Skinning with Style

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Recently, Zerofootprint held a global competition to reward market-disruptive improvements in the design and development of retrofitting and re-skinning technologies.  To be eligible for the ZEROprize, projects had to be built with reinforced concrete construction between 1945 and 1990.  Also, energy required to power all amenities, cooling, heating, and lighting must be on used on a net zero energy basis.  After the jury deliberation, 355 Eleventh in San Francisco was able to take top honors. 

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