Maine Multi-Family Home of the Future

Monday, November 21st, 2011 - Exterior Design

I recently read about an impressive, three-unit residential building in Portland, Maine through an article by Seth Koenig in the Bangor Daily News.  After a little digging, I learned the project is spearheaded by Paul Ledman and Colleen Myers, as owners and developers, Mike White...

Biering in Southtown Greenbound [Video]

Sunday, November 20th, 2011 - Exterior Design

Southtown Greenbound is a new, short documentary of an award-winning prototype development — the Biering Project — that’s both affordable and sustainable in San Antonio, Texas. Biering includes two, 1,500 square-foot homes wrapped in a diaphanous aluminum screen that reduces solar heat gain, fosters privacy...

LED Bulb with Filament Bulb Appearance

Saturday, November 19th, 2011 - Exterior Design

What can you do if you’d like to use an energy efficient light bulb, but you think that they look funky? How about a LED bulb that looks and functions almost exactly like an incandescent filament bulb? Panasonic has introduced a clear bulb with a...

Viridian Intros Reclaimed Wood Veneers

Friday, November 18th, 2011 - Exterior Design

Oregon-based Viridian Wood Products, maker of shipping pallet flooring, recently introduced a line of new architectural-grade veneer panels made with reclaimed North American wood.  The 4′x8′ panels include old-growth redwood previously used in wine tanks, Oregon black walnut reclaimed from urban salvage, and old-growth Douglas fir...

Alley House 2 Prefab Drops in Seattle

Thursday, November 17th, 2011 - Exterior Design

Here’s a quick update on the status of Alley House 2, which we discussed in August this year. Developed by Cascade Built, the modular prefab home was designed by David Foster Architects and assembled by Method Homes with an aim for LEED Platinum certification. The...

Aqua2use Sends Grey Water to the Plants

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011 - Exterior Design

California-based Water Wise Group makes the Aqua2use Greywater System, which was selected recently as a Top-10 Green Product for 2012 by Environmental Building News and GreenSpec.  The product is meant to be a cost-effective way to save water and could help a family of four...

Seal Leaky Air Ducts from the Inside

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011 - Exterior Design

Start-up Aeroseal has been getting decent media exposure lately with a writeup on Energy.gov and a listing on This Old House‘s Top 100 Best New Home Products of 2011.  The company has an exclusive license to technology originally developed within the Indoor Environment Program at...

Fabulous Prefab, Passivhaus Appliances, Energy Management, + Dirt Cheap Solar

Monday, November 14th, 2011 - Exterior Design

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A Greener Use for Beetle-Killed Trees

Sunday, November 13th, 2011 - Exterior Design

Colorado has millions of acres of pines throughout its forests that have been killed by an infestation of beetles. New Town Builders, a residential homebuilder in Denver, Colorado, has begun using salvaged wood from these trees for the structural framing of homes it is constructing....

Water Style: From Brown to Green

Sunday, November 13th, 2011 - Exterior Design

If you watch home improvement-type shows, you may have seen a water-efficient bathroom renovation on the DIY Network‘s latest episode of “Bath Crashers” with designer and contractor Matt
 Muenster.  The episode — From Brown to Green — was filmed in a home in Eden Prairie,...