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October 13, 2010

SolarFlora: Sleek Beautiful Green Power

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This solar flower -- slightly more literal that these solar sunflowers in Austin -- has been getting more and more attention these days.  SolarFlora, designed by Nectar Design, is now on tour at events and locations in California.  The 13-foot flower is made with aircraft aluminum, weighs 300 pounds, and is large enough to hold up to four solar panels.  Depending on conditions, SolarFlora can generate up to 600 watt-hours per day. 

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October 12, 2010

18Broadway Exhibits New Green Tech

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There's a plot of land on 18th Street and Broadway Boulevard in Kansas City.  In time, the owner intends to use it for something commercial or residential, but, in the mean time, 360 Architecture helped transform the land with an interim solution.  18Broadway is now a demonstration of storm water management, urban agriculture, and energy independence on one city block. 

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October 07, 2010

Ecooler Hollow Ceramic Cooling Screen

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Mey and Boaz Kahn, Studio Kahn, submitted this ecooler screen for iida 2010 and took home third prize.  Ecooler is a concept hollow tile that connects with other tiles, creating a wall of water-filled ceramics.  It's intended to provide an alternative option for cooling internal spaces by seepage and evaporation during the day, according to DesignBoom

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A Roof Tile That Eliminates NOx Smog

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This summer, KB Home unveiled a prototype home in Lancaster, California, outfitted with solar panels, energy storage, LED lighting, and an electric vehicle outlet, among other technologies.  The prototype also included a roof tile called Auranox by MonierLifetile.  The claim to fame with this roof tile is that it's a smog-eater -- that it neutralizes nitrogen oxides (NOx) in the air. 

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September 30, 2010

Pre-composting Waste with GreenCycler

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Today, the GreenCycler is making its debut at West Coast Green 2010.  This is a "small-footprint" countertop or cabinet appliance that shreds organic kitchen waste and deposits it in a storage and transfer container.  In other words, GreenCycler is helpful in pre-composting waste into a size that's just right for quick composting. 

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September 17, 2010

An Insulated BIPV Roof from Metl-Span

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Earlier this year, Metl-Span introduced CFR Insul-Solar, which is a roof-integrated photovoltaic system that combines the company's CFR insulated standing seam roof panel with UNI-Solar thin film solar laminates.

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September 14, 2010

Indestructible Fossilized Bamboo Floor

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Let's say you get a lot of floor traffic or you have a kid that jabs Hot Wheels into the ground.  Maybe you have a dog that runs in circles, and you want a strong wood floor.  You'll probably look for a high Janka scale rating -- a measure of hardness -- to find something that will hold up against denting and wear.  You might even consider this strand woven floor from Cali Bamboo that the company says received a 5,000+ pound score in recent tests.

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September 10, 2010

Going Green with Exposed Plumens

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Plumen 001 has been shooting around the internet today (i.e., Good, Morin, Re-Nest).  The designer CFL saves 80% on energy bills and lasts eight times longer than a regular incandescent.  It's an 11-watt bulb that outputs 680 lumens with a color temperature of 2700k.  But it's not available in the US until next year, and Plumen 002 is in the works.  In any event, Plumen seems perfect for the exposed lighting situation pictured above and below.

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September 09, 2010

Five Easy Solar Options for the Home

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Perhaps you've seen one of a few micro-inverter-type solar products on the market and wondered whether you could install a solar system at home.  Unless you're an electrician, that may or may not be a good idea, but these products (some available now and others coming to market) make it a whole lot easier to get started generating solar energy at home.  Check these five:

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September 08, 2010

GE Nucleus: Home Energy Manager

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Earlier this summer, GE launched the first product in its Brillion suite of home energy management solutions, the Nucleus.  This is a data storage device that collects household electricity cost and use data and gives it to homeowners via computer and smart phones.  Nucleus is expected to be available for consumer purchase in early 2011 for the price of $149-199. 

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