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December 03, 2010

The Nation's First WaterSense Homes

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KB Home announced the completion of four energy-efficient homes in the Springwood community in the City of Roseville, California.  What's noteworthy, you might agree, is the fact that they're the first in the nation to receive the WaterSense label.  And KB Home intends to complete every home in the community to the same standard, making it the first in the country to do so. 

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November 09, 2010

Boosting Ecological Savings with a Box

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Sally Kuchar, editor of Curbed SF, noticed these Boost Boxes at the Green Festival in San Francisco the other weekend.  The company that makes them, Boost Home, put a lot of work into making dead-simple, unintimidating boxes to help people increase their energy, water, and money savings.  Boxes include products, instructions, audit information, and other goodies.  Check out a few:

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October 28, 2010

Eco Automatic Combo Sink Dishwasher

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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?

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October 26, 2010

Envi WaterSense Rainshower from Moen

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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. 

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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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May 26, 2010

Niagara's Stealthy New Efficient Toilet

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Niagara Conservation has developed what it claims is the world's only 0.8 gallons per flush toilet, the Stealth.  The ultra high efficiency toilet -- recently profiled as Alex Wilson's Cool Product of the Week -- uses a patented hydraulic technology to deliver a quiet flush with the performance of a pressure-assist toilet.  It's a water saver, too, using approximately 37% less water than a standard high efficiency toilet. 

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February 11, 2010

A Permeable Solution with Drivable Grass

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California-based Soil Retention is behind a product, Drivable Grass, that many of you may be interested in.  The name is somewhat of a misnomer, because, as you will see below, the infill doesn't have to be grass.  It can be gravel of various kinds, too.  Drivable Grass is a flexible product that can be used as a substitute for concrete and asphalt driveways, patios, parking lots, RV pads, boat ramps, and the like. 

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February 09, 2010

Waste Not with a Combo Sink Toilet

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You’ve probably already seen this toilet and sink combination before.  It’s the W+W – short for washbasin and watercloset – from Roca.  The product, currently available overseas, reuses waste water from the sink in the discharge of the cistern, which helps it reduce water usage by up to 25% compared to a standard 6/3 liter dual-flush toilet.

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January 13, 2010

Drainwave Helps Avoid 'Dry Drain' Problems from Water Efficient Fixtures

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Water efficiency is an important measure in green building everywhere, but in Australia -- one of the driest countries in the world -- water conservation is more widely practiced and water awareness is generally higher than it is in North America.  In addition to pioneering water efficiency, Australians have discovered some problems due to the use of efficient, low-flow fixtures.  One is the potential problem of "dry drains," however, a new invention called the Drainwave aims to solve the problem. 

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October 08, 2009

Water Wise Landscaping Goes Modular

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Recently, Knibb Design let us know about their new endeavor to modularize landscape design with a new site: Knibb Modular Garden.  Knibb Modular lets you create a custom residential or commercial garden online in about four steps.  When you're done, you'll have an estimated total cost of all the materials, which should be about $12-$16 per square foot.  Unless you install the garden yourself, installation will run about $4-$6 extra per square foot.  So all in, a modular garden like this will cost about $16-$22 per square foot, sans land preparation costs.  

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