- Rising sea, future floats.
- Eco-districts take center stage.
- Is energy efficiency blue, red, or both?
- Five green home improvements that pay.
- Hot trends in green roof and wall designs.
- Companies aren't charities.
- Prefab is dead.
Spanish Lookotels is on a mission to build a new kind of hotel for modern consumers seeking quality at a low cost. Each energy-efficient hotel will be prefabricated with up to 100 rooms and Lookotels has financing with plans to build 10 hotels in the next five years throughout Spain and Europe. The company told us in an email that they're also looking for partners in the U.S.
Colorado-based Ec Manufacturing started making structural insulated panels (SIPs) about a year and a half ago. The company was studying 2009 building code and thinking about how to innovate their products, when someone decided the building industry could use a thermally broken lumber material. That led to the creation of rSTUD.
TerraChoice recently released a new report, The Sins of Greenwashing: Home and Family Edition, and published some interesting findings. The company found that big-box retailers stock more "green" products and products with legitimate environmental claims than smaller boutique-style stores. TerraChoice also found that over 95% of consumer products with a "green" claim are committing at least one "sin" of greenwashing.
I can see the value in a combo sink dishwasher like this Eco Automatic concept from Electrolux and Ahha Project. Why not eliminate a step in the middle and put the sink to better use? The concept has two racks rotating on an axis -- fill one side, spin it around, let it wash, and work from the other side. Seems like it may be tough to fill up a crescent-shaped bowl, but other than that, Eco Automatic could be the kitchen appliance of the future. Thoughts?
The scaffolding is down and progress is being made on what could be the first Passive House in New York, according to Curbed NY. The mixed-use project is located in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn at 174 Grand Street and designed by Loadingdock5, an architectural studio from the same neighborhood.
Recently Moen sent me a chrome Envi showerhead to test out for fun. Installing the fancy new showerhead took nothing more than a few minutes, and I've been using it for a few weeks to get a good feel for the product. All things said, Envi saves water and provides good flow, although of the two functions, rain and rinse, rinse is by far the best for daily showering.
I like to watch the prefab world closely, but there's one company that I haven't mentioned yet. That company, Deltec Homes, pops up in the news every other week or so. Indeed, I noticed these homes are selling well in Canada, according to the National Post, and folks in Florida like that the round homes hold up in powerful hurricane weather, according to Wink News.
If you're thinking about raising chickens, there are a few ways to go about it. You could build a retro Modern Coop or Quonset Coop. Or, you could build a boxy coop with a green roof, like this one pictured here and featured in Dwell. It's framed with two-by-fours, insulated, sheathed with oriented strand board, covered in reclaimed cedar, ventilated with two upper windows, and topped with native landscaping, according to Miyoko Ohtake.