The Castaway III home in Palm Harbor, Florida is a net zero energy showcase of extreme energy efficiency. It also happens to be an amazingly plush, luxurious home. Castaway III is the latest creation from Florida developer Marc Rutenberg, and it’s the model for his proposed Zero Energy America Village housing development.
Keeping the lights off in unoccupied rooms is a sure-fire way to save money on your power bills. And now you can take the “forgetful human” element out of the equation.
Graham Hill (founder of treehugger.com among other ventures) recently spearheaded the design of an ultra-efficient apartment space in New York City. It’s an energy efficient home, courtesy of its small footprint and features like built-in solar powered phone chargers. But most impressive is its incredibly efficient use of space, essentially squeezing 8 distinct living spaces […]
Looking for a stylish, practical solution for a deck or balcony railing? Look no further – the CableRail system from Feeney Architectural Products is affordable, easy to install, and looks great. And it also happens to be a surprisingly green building material.
The Sustainable Building Bible is a resource created by Tim Pullen, a UK-based sustainable building consultant. It covers big-picture considerations such as green design trends and choosing sustainable materials, as well as tips for specific issues like draft-proofing and water conservation.
Northern California’s coastline offers some spectacular views, but it’s also an environmentally sensitive area. The Stinson Beach House, a recent Marin County project from the architects at Berkeley-based WA Design, is a perfect fit for this unique setting thanks to its small footprint and energy efficient design.
LED lighting is incredibly energy efficient, and it’s increasingly easy to integrate into existing homes as well as new construction. Screw-in LED light bulbs are perfect for lamps and fixtures – but for task and accent lighting, LED strip lighting is a great option.
Roosevelt Island, a sliver of land wedged between the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn, is home to one of NYC’s greenest residential buildings. Dating back to 1841, the Octagon now houses condos and apartments with an array of luxurious, eco-friendly features.
Tropical hardwoods like teak, Ipé, and Mahogany are extraordinarily durable and beautiful building materials. Unfortunately, exotic hardwoods are very slow-growing, and extracting them for use is often a pretty environmentally nasty business. Kebony comes from sustainable, readily-available woods that are treated with biowaste-derived extracts to mimic the performance of hardwoods.
Cork flooring is a fantastic option for many homes. It’s a durable and resilient surface, and it also happens to be an extremely eco-friendly building material. Installing cork flooring may seem intimidating for some homeowners, but it’s actually even easier than working with hardwood floors. The folks over at This Old House have put together […]
Holly Beck is widely known for her skills in the water as a professional surfer, but she’s also involved with a wide range of projects promoting positive social and environmental change. Her Hip-E Habitat website chronicles her experiences with sustainable, eco-friendly building, focused largely on creating an environmentally friendly home base in Nicaragua.