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41 posts from August 2010

August 23, 2010

Clayton Homes Previews i-house 2.0

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Clayton Homes turned the prefab world upside down last year when it announced the i-house, a modern, green prefab with an approachable price tag.  I-house has been insanely popular and installed in various locations.  And it turns out that the company is nearing the release of a new version of green prefab, i-house 2.0, which will have an enhanced front entry, warm and natural exterior materials, and more interior space to accommodate families. 

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August 22, 2010

Hubless Cities, Efficiency Understood, Farming Madness, + Safe Rainwater

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August 21, 2010

Taking the Pulse of Green Consumers

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The Shelton Group recently conducted a survey of green consumers (i.e, those that buy and consider green products) and published its findings in a report called Green Living Pulse 2010.  Aiming to provide a comprehensive analysis of green consumers, Green Living Pulse focuses on who these consumers are, what drives them, and how to identify them.

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Green Moderne Townhomes in Houston

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Home builder, Green Mode Designs, LLC, recently finished this townhouse project on an infill lot near Memorial Park in Houston, Texas. Two of the homes are on the market for $450,000 - $470,000, while the third received LEED Gold certification and is already sold. This solar-powered home, based on the HERS Rating, is 56% more efficient than a standard home and uses 33% less water.

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August 20, 2010

Lush Succulent Wall in Newport Beach

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This is one of the largest succulent walls in southern California with 60 individual panels and just under 3,000 succulents.  The massive vertical wall was installed at the True Food Kitchen in Newport Beach and designed by Joe Zazzera.  Plant Solutions specified the wall, plant type, plumbing, irrigation, electricity, and drainage. 

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August 19, 2010

The Belmont Earns LEED Silver in Dallas

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This project, The Belmont Apartments, is the first apartment community in the Dallas/Fort Worth area to receive LEED Silver, according to UDR, Inc., a multifamily REIT that developed the project.  Located at 2500 Bennett Avenue, Belmont has 464 units in five buildings.  Since its opening, interest from the community has been higher than expected -- likely driven by the combination of green aspects and modern design. 

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Using Smart Insight to Conserve Energy

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Let’s just say you need to know how much power a certain device is using. You can do that with this new product from Belkin. Conserve Insight, available for pre-order on Amazon for $29.99, was designed to help consumers conserve energy. The energy monitor shows you how much a device costs in watts, dollars, and carbon dioxide using preloaded or custom rate information. Belkin also has three other Conserve gadgets available for pre-order should you have the need: Smart AV, Valet, and Socket.

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August 18, 2010

Prefab Green Home Office in East Bay

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This is a modern home office that was designed and prefabricated by five design-build students in a graduate architecture class at Academy of Art University in San Francisco.  The project, built with various reclaimed and green materials, was recognized recently with a Citation from the East Bay chapter of the AIA. 

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Fantastic Monastic Modules in Big Sur

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If you follow Michelle Kaufmann’s blog, you’ve probably seen completion photos of this residential care facility for the New Camaldoli Hermitage Monks in Big Sur, California. The 1,737 square-foot facility originally began as mkDesigns project but – due to market realities we’ve mentioned previously – Studio 101 Designs guided it through completion.

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August 17, 2010

Natural Green Townhomes on East Coast

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These Baltic Townhomes at Rivers Edge recently hit the market, aiming to provide a unique green living experience for folks in the New England area.  Located in Manchester, New Hampshire, roughly 45 minutes from Boston, the four-unit project is the first American project by developer Super Bebris of Latvia, which uses a proprietary system of timber and steel construction. 

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