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34 posts from December 2010

December 09, 2010

Prefab Sustainable Cabin in West Texas

005 Exterior Cabin (Urs Peter Flueckiger)

Inspired by Thoreau with his Cabin and Le Corbusier with his Cabanon, an interdisciplinary group of students at Texas Tech University was able to construct this Sustainable Cabin in a design-build program headed by Urs Peter Flueckiger.  The off-grid cabin was fabricated in a warehouse and is now stationed west of Wichita Falls, where it is being used as a laboratory for students to study sustainable design principles. 

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December 08, 2010

Solera Strikes LEED Gold in Denver

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Solera Apartments in downtown Denver held its grand opening last month with 30% occupancy and a steady flow of potential lessees.  The 11-story, 120-unit project received LEED Gold certification -- believed to be the first for a project of this kind in the Rocky Mountain Region -- and was named Multi-family Project of the Year by Denver University's School of Real Estate.  Beyond that, Solera is expected to save about 60% or more on energy. 

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LEED Retains Status Quo of FSC Only

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As you know, there’s been a lot of back and forth between wood certification bodies, stakeholders, and the USGBC relating to the certified wood credit applicable all commercial LEED rating systems.  The debate was documented in a five-part series in The Tyee recently, and led to the creation of the Forest Certification Benchmark.

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December 07, 2010

MEKA Container House in NYC [Video]

One of our most popular articles last month was a preview of modular container homes by Toronto-based MEKA.  The company planted a show house in the West Village area of New York City and the media took notice.  Reporting for Reuters, Kilmeny Duchardt offered this video and short interview with Michael de Jong, one of the entrepreneurs behind the company. 

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Solar Sufficient LEED Home in Houston

This self-sufficient home took a 2010 Evergreen Award from Eco-structure in the Greenhouse category and features some impressive, green elements.  Built in Houston for owners Daniel and Adele Hedges, the home – referred to as Virginia Point – is net-zero energy, near net-zero water, and the first home in Houston to receive LEED Platinum certification.

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December 05, 2010

Sensable Housing, Volume Certification, Clean Construction, C2C Guidance

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December 04, 2010

Cozy Off Grid Solar Retreat in Maine

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Of all the beautiful homes in the most recent issue of Dwell, I must say this one made the greatest impression on me.  In “Worth the Wait,” Amber Bravo writes about The Porter Cottage in Ragged Island, Maine.  The self-sufficient home – roughly 480 square feet including a screen porch – is both off-pipe and off-grid and made with durable and green materials. 

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AAHSA Displays Net Zero Idea House

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Last spring we took a preview of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) Idea House 2010, which was built and on display for the association’s annual meeting in Los Angeles.  Designed by THW Design of Atlanta, the Idea House presents a 2,500 square-foot model of the future of senior housing – aging in place design, use of technology, and sustainability.

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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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Green Gift Guide: The Gift of Giving

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This is the final part of The Ultimate Modern Gift Guide for the Holidays 2010,* which is a curated list of goods for design-savvy folks interested in green innovation.  This green gift guide has eight parts, which will be made available throughout the week.  This part includes five noteworthy organizations that provide shelter, design, or architectural assistance -- they're all good options in the event that you want to provide the gift of a donation on someone's behalf. 

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