Located in Yamhill County, Oregon, the Karuna House is a recently completed collaboration from Holst Architecture and Hammer & Hand builders. Utilizing an extremely high performance building envelope and solar design, the net zero energy home is the first one to achieve all three top green building certifications.
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.
Texas-based Stramit USA produces CAFboard, an innovative wall material made from locally-sourced agricultural waste. Instead of being burned or buried, wheat straw (a leftover waste material after wheat is harvested), is used to create high-performance structural wall panels.
LED work lights cast a bright, directional light perfect for illuminating a workspace. They use far less electricity than comparable halogen lamps, and they also stay much cooler – a big plus in confined spaces like workshops. Here are three of the best LED work lights we’ve found on the market.
We’ve all heard of LEED when it comes to green building certification, but a lesser-known set of guidelines is going strong in the Southeastern United States. The Earthcraft designation overlaps with Energy Star guidelines, and incorporates building practices optimized for the climate and environment of the Southeast.
One of the hallmarks of a home’s energy efficiency is its thermal performance. So it’s important to understand the distinction between the concepts of thermal mass and insulation.
Some of this week’s top news from the world of green building and sustainable design. The Business Case for Green Building from World Green Building Council World GBC report highlights several benefits green buildings offer various stakeholders throughout a building’s life cycle. NYSERDA Offering Low-Income NYC Residents Energy-Efficient Building Assistance New York State Energy […]
UK-based Lhoist Group has developed a durable, sustainable, and energy-efficient building material called Tradical Hemcrete. A blend of hemp shiv (the woody material from industrial hemp plants) and a lime-based binder, Hemcrete is an easy-to-work and carbon-negative material.
Traditional demolition can be extremely wasteful, so we’re a huge fan of deconstruction to preserve reusable materials. Massachusetts-based EcoBuilding Bargains is a unique business that cuts construction waste and saves money for customers, by offering both deconstruction services and a retail outlet for all those reclaimed building materials.
Durisol insulated concrete forms are a versatile and eco-friendly building material. The forms are made from recycled scrap wood fiber bonded together with Portland cement, and contain integrated rockwool (mineral fiber) insulation.
A high-quality polyurethane finish is the key to preserving wood furniture and floors. Unfortunately, traditional petroleum-based products (and even many water-based finishes) contain some pretty nasty chemicals. Produced in Vermont using whey protein from the dairy industry, PolyWhey is a natural, safe, and durable alternative to these toxic finishes.