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August 31, 2010

Luxury LEED Vineyard Resort in Oregon

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Planted in the middle of a new vineyard in Newberg, a small town in Willamette Valley, The Allison Inn and Spa is doing some amazing things in terms of reducing the ecological footprint associated with typically high-impact hospitality operations.  According to projections, the resort and vineyard was designed by GGLO to save 48% on utility costs, as well as reduce potable water irrigation use by 78% and fixture water use by 37%, compared to a comparable non-green project. 

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August 28, 2010

Conserving Water, Grayish Green, Understanding Watts, + Death of Excess

Week in Review

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Modern Green LVL Prefab in Canada

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It's been a great week for prefab enthusiasts -- with news from LivingHomes, KitHAUS, and Blu Homes -- but there's still more.  Recently, developers at Kootenay Lake Village completed this LVL prefab near Nelson, British Columbia.  The new home has double insulated walls, high grade energy efficient windows, low-flow bathroom fixtures, and a green roof, just to name a few of its green features.  

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August 27, 2010

No-Flush Touch-Free Urinal for Homes

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In his Cool Product of the Week article, Alex Wilson has the story on this Baja urinal designed for residential use by the Waterless Company.  The no-flush, touch-free toilet retails for $248 and has to potential to save about 3,250 gallons of water per year, assuming a home with two males, three uses, and 340 days, according to Building Green.

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August 26, 2010

Net Zero Sungazing House in Park City

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Last weekend, I had the opportunity to tour this newly-built net-zero energy home in Park City, Utah.  The Sungazing House, built by Tall Pines Construction and designed by Jean Yves Lacroix, is home to the O'Meara family of four and features impressive views of the surrounding area.  Perhaps more impressive, however, is the fact that it's pursuing Passive House, LEED Platinum, and NAHB Emerald certifications. 

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August 25, 2010

California LivingHome Earns Platinum

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Yesterday, LivingHomes announced that this modern prefab in Newport Beach received LEED Platinum certification.  Designed by KieranTimberlake, the KTLH1.5 model home was a showcase for TED 2009 and features stylish, contemporary interiors from Kristin Kilmer Design.  Steve Glenn, CEO of LivingHomes, said the home "uses far less energy, water, and materials resources than most homes and ... has far better indoor air quality."

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Blu Relaunches Glidehouse Green Prefab

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Blu Homes continues to dominate the green prefab world.  Today the company announced the relaunch of Glidehouse, a gorgeous home originally made famous by Michelle Kaufmann.  Glidehouse will be available nationally and built in Blu's own factory using the company's proprietary steel and wood framing system.  The new Glidehouse retains all of the signature features of the old design and can be purchased for $360,000+.

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RUBBiSH: Old Tires Now a Sink Surface

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Minarc recently took an R+D Award from Architect Magazine for this sink made of recycled rubber tires.  RUBBiSH, as it's called, is made through a process whereby tires are melted, stripped of particulates and impurities, and stretched in a lightweight layer over a sub-material to create the surface. RUBBiSH is available in a 1/8 inch sheet of rubber or in a framed option where the product is held in place by two sheets of aluminum at the countertop edge. 

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August 24, 2010

Flexible Kpod Space from KitHAUS

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KitHAUS, a California-based prefab company, recently introduced a tiny new design called the Kpod.  The 117 square-foot structure is made with bolt-together aluminum framing, SIPs, dual-glazed windows, cement board siding, and either a wood or steel clad sliding barn door.  KitHAUS specially designed a solar power and HVAC system for the Kpod, though solar is not included in the sub-$20,000 price tag.  Perfect for shedworking, Kpod is ideal as a backyard studio, workout space, or something similar. 

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Easy Plug-In Solar from Clarian Power

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Clarian Power, a start up from Seattle, is on a mission to help homeowners everywhere generate energy from renewable energy.  The company developed a proprietary power module that plugs into an existing outlet.  In other words, their Sunfish solar product, which is slated for retail availability next year, installs without a dedicated electrical panel and does not require contractors, installers, or additional wires. 

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