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43 posts from April 2010

April 30, 2010

Modern Coop with Reclaimed Cedar

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Whether its urban farming or backyard chickens, there's a movement afloat to raise and grow food locally and organically.  If you're interested in running a chicken coop -- and speaking from personal experience, it's not easy -- you might have a look at the Modern Coop by John Wright.  His stylish, sporty coop is made with reclaimed cedar, and it's mobile, so you can move it around every couple weeks.  The standard roof is a translucent fiberglass or durable metal, but you can opt for the green roof version, too. 

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Sam's Club Installs 17 Micro Turbines

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Today, in Palmdale, California, Walmart (NYSE:WMT) flipped the switch on 17 small wind turbines in the parking lot of bulk retailer, Sam’s Club.  Based upon estimates, Walmart and Sam’s Club believe the turbines will generate about 76,000 kWh of energy annually, which is enough to power more than six average homes over the same period of time. 

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April 29, 2010

Reclaimed Space Prefab Sent to Marfa

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Last time we mentioned Reclaimed Space, the company had just finished selling a small home on eBay for about $75,100 (after a bidding war involving several celebrities).  But business is good for the Austin-based company that builds homes out of materials reclaimed from deconstructed homes and old projects.  This home was recently delivered to its owners and will be used as a custom sewing space in Marfa, Texas.

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April 28, 2010

Seeking Existing Home Energy Efficiency

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Older homes frequently aren't very energy efficient because power used to be extremely cheap and building codes varied widely. In mild climates, that tended to happen even more. Our home in Oakland was built in 1948 and was far from energy efficient when we bought it: single-pane windows and doors, some of which didn't close well; original floor furnace; no insulation in the ceiling or walls; drafty fireplace.

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Upcycled Container House in Malaysia

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I thought it would be fun to take a look at this container home designed by Ken Kwok for the distant locale of Malaysia.  Using six shipping containers, Anand Bungalows developed the 2,551 square foot project, which includes rainwater harvesting, natural ventilation, water-efficient fixtures, dual-flush toilets, and abundant natural lighting to minimize energy consumption.  Check out the rest of these images Kwok was kind enough to share with us. 

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April 27, 2010

Wisconsin Passive House in the Woods

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Update 10/15/2010: Efficient Homes Earns Elite Certification!

It's interesting to see Passive Houses -- like the Breezeway House in Millcreek, Utah -- gain more and more recognition in both the mainstream media and design and construction circles.  Another project worth keeping an eye on, Passive House in the Woods, is quietly moving forward with carbon neutral ambitions and a goal to be the first Passive House in the state of Wisconsin. 

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April 26, 2010

Modern, Green, Affordable: Studio Shed

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A new start up company based out of Boulder is making these Studio Sheds for use as equipment, storage, or office sheds.  They're modern, green, and somewhat affordable with models starting at $4,900 (while the DIY flat-pack kit sells at a small discount).  You purchase the shed, secure the permits, set the foundation, and Studio Shed installs the shed in about 6-8 hours. 

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Platinum Modern House in South Korea

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This Samsung Green Tomorrow project is the first in East Asia to achieve LEED Platinum certification and the first zero-energy house in South Korea, according to project consultant ARUP.  Located in Yongin of the Gyeonggi Province, the project includes a zero-energy home of 4,553 square feet and visitor pavilion of 3,208 square feet with some incredible green features.

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Small Wind Debates, Eco Overkill, Greenwash Dangers, + Setting the PACE

Week in Review

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April 24, 2010

New, Simple, Green: InterModal Design

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Due to the popularity of Paul Stankey’s Holyoke Cabin (and what seems to be an increasing interest in shipping container design), the folks at Hive Modular today announced the launch of a new company called InterModal Design with a set of six thoughtful container cabin plans. 

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