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July 30, 2010

Modern Ellis Residence Earns Platinum

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Seattle has its fair share of LEED Platinum homes, but this is officially the first LEED Platinum single family home in the state of Washington outside of Seattle.  Located on Bainbridge Island, it was designed by Coates Design Architects for owners Ed and JoAnne Ellis.  The Ellis Residence is a fascinating blend of style and sustainability and demonstrates a number of green strategies. 

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Custom Container Studio Pod in Austin

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Alan Stulberg, a vintage motorcycle builder and mechanic, has been thinking about this project for nearly six years.  Deciding to take the plunge, he drew a rough sketch one day and five months later, here’s the Studio Pod.  Stulberg built the container studio in his backyard in Austin, Texas, and it's now being used as a creative artist space. 

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July 29, 2010

Sleek Blink Charging Stations for EVs

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Earlier we took a look at GE Wattstation and the Coulomb CT500, but there's another player, ECOtality, that's looking to stake a claim in this area.  The company just unveiled their sexy new electric vehicle charging station, Blink, which will be available in two models, one a wall-mount for the home and the other a stand-alone unit for commercial use. 

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Elegant, Recycled, Solid Surface: Glass2

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This newly certified Cradle to Cradle product, Glass2, is an elegant material that can be used as a countertop, vanity, wall cladding, flooring, or almost anything else you can think of.  The product is made with 99% recycled glass and no resin and can be worked on by stone and glass fabricators.  Glass2 is sold through dealerships dotting the nation, available in thickness anywhere from 16 to 35 mm, and made in 12 colors ranging from Glacier White to Azurite. 

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July 28, 2010

Northwest Modern Solar Home in PDX

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This contemporary home just hit the market about a week ago and comes with Earth Advantage Gold certification and a 2.4 kW photovoltaic system expected to save the future owner about 30% on utilities.  With three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, and 1,836 square feet, the speculative home at 5110 NE 17th Street also has bamboo flooring, tankless water heating, and energy-efficient appliances for $419,000, illustrating the fact that in progressive cities like Portland, stylish green homes are becoming the standard. 

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Boxy Green Prefab Concept: ECObitat

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I thought the ECObitat concept from Felipe Campolina was worth a look.  ECObitat, a modular system capable of being applied to emergency or relief housing, features drop-down telescopic legs and a steel skeleton covered in OSB, thermoacoustic insulation, and greenery.  Water and solar power is collected on the roof, while an Energy Ball captures on-site green energy.  The set up is spartan but interesting nonetheless.

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July 27, 2010

Recycled Hardwood by Staybull Flooring

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Staybull Flooring, a Florida company, recently let us know about their recycled flooring available in more than 20 wood species.  The company salvages waste wood from lumber mills around the globe; binds discarded strips together with a solvent-free, no-VOC adhesive; and then mills and finishes the planks with a ceramic, no-VOC finish.  The result is strong, mosaic-like, rich in detail, and made in the U.S.A.  And if you're looking for an FSC certified option, Staybull Flooring can provide that, too. 

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Intelligent EV Charging for the Home

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While not as sexy as the WattStation, Coulomb Technologies today unveiled a new charging station that could be found in thousands of homes across the country over the next few years. Referred to as CT500, the Level II charging station is compatible with electric vehicles using the SAE J1772 standard and is perfect for residential or light commercial use. 

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July 26, 2010

Modern Off-Grid Signal Shed in Oregon

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Sunset has the story on this off-grid, low-impact, affordable shelter built in the wilderness near Joseph, Oregon.  The modern structure of 130 square feet, not counting the deck, was designed by Ryan Lingard and built in a couple weeks for roughly $10,000.  Signal Shed has a wood stove, metal roof, cedar rainscreen, reused windows, portable toilet, and operable shutters.

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July 25, 2010

Climate Grunts, Shower Fighting, Optimal Small, + Retail Sustainability

Week in Review

Also, shout out to Margaret Everton of Calfinder, a service that connects homeowners with quality contractors, for this interview on everything from consumerism to tiny houses, plus everything else about Jetson Green.
         
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