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41 posts from August 2010

August 16, 2010

Three Tiny Houses without Borders

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Perhaps you read a recent article in the NY Times on portable shelters.  In the article, Jim Robbins discusses the relief housing efforts of a few organizations and companies that I've noticed over the years.  These houses, often prefabricated and flat-packed, typically assemble in a short amount of time with simple, available tools.  Check out these three home designs below and, if you're aware of any similar endeavors, feel free to share a link below. 

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August 15, 2010

Paperless Homes, Living Principles, Parapet Power, + Using Doomed Trees

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August 13, 2010

Express: New Recycled Ceramic Tile

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Fireclay Tile, a manufacturer of recycled content ceramic tiles in California, recently launched a new offering called the Express Series Quickship Tile.  It's made with more than 62% locally sourced recycled content and, according to the company, contains "more post-consumer and pre-consumer waste than any other tile on the market."

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Home Depot Selling Cheap LEDs Online

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If you're looking to make the switch from incandescent to LED lighting, now may be a good time.  The Home Depot struck a deal with the Lighting Science Group Corporation and is the exclusive seller of an affordable line of ECOSMART LED products.  One bulb in the product line, the A19 LED 40-watt equivalent, sells for $19.97 each.    

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August 12, 2010

Green Showhouse Planned in Missouri

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Hufft Projects and Make Studios just announced this contemporary green showhouse in planning for the Roanoke neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri.  The house was designed to standout and blend in at the same time.  Cantilevered overhangs and clean lines captivate, while brick and ornamental iron work match elements of other homes in the area.

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Square Footage Bashing [Best Comment]

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Critics gave me a hard time for discussing a 2,988 square-foot home in Florida.  One loyal commenter, bruteforcecollaborative, responded:

"Panning a project on square footage alone is asinine. you don't know the client's programming needs - maybe the house is designed for the grandparents to move in. maybe one of their children is disabled and requires dedicated space. maybe the house is also a home office, thereby foregoing additional office space in another location ... size alone isn't a function of how green or ungreen something is."

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Source for Reclaimed Building Materials

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With the growing popularity of deconstruction and efforts to keep usable materials out of landfills, Planet Reuse is the place to find and list reclaimed building materials. I’ve mentioned the site before, but it’s a great resource, especially if you’re going for a distinct look or material that contributes to LEED certification. Check out some of these current listings.

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August 11, 2010

Modern Eco Courtyard House in Florida

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This is a newly constructed contemporary home in Winter Park, Florida.  It was designed for a family of four by John Drake of Green Apple Architecture and has 2,988 square feet, as well as terraces, courtyard spaces, and cozy family gathering areas.  As a certified green home, it's also a good example of the kind of home that can be built with proper planning, a decent budget, and the right team. 

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August 10, 2010

Smart Green Homes from Minimalist+

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Generally speaking, traditional construction can be inefficient and wasteful, while prefab construction can be non-local and expensive.  Somewhere in between, you might imagine, is a potential sweet spot where homes can be built in a smart, green, approachable, and modern way.  That's what a Portland team is trying to do with Minimalist+ and their new SiteFab building process. 

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August 09, 2010

Traditional Passive House in Oregon

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This is the first Passive House certified new house on the West Coast (joining a California remodel in the Pacific Coast certification club).  The traditional home, located in Salem, Oregon, was built with a number of green materials by Bilyeu Homes, Inc.  It's also airtight, ultra-insulated, and very energy efficient -- as are other Passive Houses we've discussed in Utah, Kansas, and Louisiana.

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