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39 posts from October 2010

October 21, 2010

BUILDER Reveals New Concept Home

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Builder magazine recently announced plans for the 2011 Concept Home, officially called the KB Home GreenHouse: An Idea Home Created with Martha Stewart.  The home has been designed for net-zero energy use, resource efficiency, and LEED Platinum certification. 

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October 20, 2010

Glass Tile Roof Solar by SolTech Energy

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Just when you thought you've seen it all, a new company comes along with a different approach.  SolTech Energy makes an innovative roof tile -- similar but distinguishable from this thin-film solar tile offered by SRS Energy -- that harvests solar energy with a traditional looking glass tile.  Currently offered in Spain and Sweden, the SolTech System can be installed to work in conjunction with most commmon heating solutions on the market. 

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Luxury LEED Townhouse in Manhattan

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Notwithstanding the economy, I imagine there are folks in Manhattan that would drop $6.8 million on a green townhouse without batting an eyelash.  Here’s such a place, now listed with Michael Pellegrino of Sotheby’s, that received a mention in the Wall Street Journal.  The home includes 12 rooms, 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 15 closets, 2 laundry rooms, 1 wine cellar, and a personal elevator.  It comes with LEED Gold certification.

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A Solar Buyer's Guide [Giveaway]

Solar-buyers-guide Leave a comment below through the end of Friday, October 22, 2010, to be considered for this random book giveaway.*

Recently, Chelsea Green Publishing sent us a copy of a new book, A Solar Buyer's Guide for the Home and Office, by Stephen and Rebekah Hren, also the authors of the Carbon-Free Home.  Just like the first book, the authors chose a topic that they're clearly expert to talk about.  Stephen is a builder and teacher with experience in passive and active solar heating technologies, while Rebekah is an NABCEP-certified photovoltaics installer, licensed electrical contractor, and ISPQ-certified solar instructor. 

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October 19, 2010

Ice Energy Gets Cash to Cool Buildings

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Colorado-based Ice Energy today announced an infusion of Series C financing in the form of $24 million, according to a press release.  The company will use this money to support the deployment of utility-scale distributed energy storage products and a 53-megawatt project in California.  Ice Energy also wants to explore new products and expand to a wider set of customers. 

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October 17, 2010

LEED Legalities, Utopian Housing, Greater Business, + Urban Composting

Week in Review

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October 16, 2010

Efficient Home Earns Elite Certification

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Last April we mentioned a noteworthy project called the Passive House in the Woods.  It’s a Wisconsin home with carbon-neutral ambitions designed by Tim Delhey Eian of TE Studio.  It’s also the first Passive House in the state.  PHitW meets the requirements of the Passive House standard, i.e. ultra-tight envelope, high efficiency heating and cooling, and minimal energy demand.

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October 15, 2010

Peel and Stick PowerPly Solar by Lumeta

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This summer, Lumeta, Inc., received UL certification for the company's innovative PowerPly solar product.  PowerPly doesn't need a rack or mounting structure.  It's backed with an adhesive and applies directly to the roof, making installation a cinch. 

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October 14, 2010

Bright Modular Ecofelt Buzziskin Tiles

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Interior Design just closed voting on this year's BoY Awards, and the Eco Products category has some excellent entries.  Of which, I noticed this 3D tile called Buzziskin from Buzzispace.  It's made of ecofelt, or a 100% recycled PET material, in a variety of colors.  Buzziskin is offered in both rectangular and cubic sizes with a self-adhesive backing.  Each tile runs about $150. 

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GE Readies New Thin-Film Solar Panels

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GE just announced that it is readying a new solar thin-film panel, system, and inverter product with a goal to provide the lowest cost of electricity in the market.  The multinational corporation is backing a cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin-film product and recently topped 15% efficiencies on commercial glass, according to a press release.

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