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    Sheep Wool Insulation Comes To America

    Image credit Oregon Shepherd It is common in New Zealand and a luxury in the UK, but now sheep wool insulation has come to America, via Oregon Shepherd. There is a lot to love about this stuff; “This all-natural and inherently fire-retardant material is non-toxic, resists mold growth, is vermin resistant and is acoustically superior.” After all, sheep know a thing or two about keeping warm

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    Want a Net-Zero Home? Be a Net-Zero Family

    On June 1, 2010, eight families moved into nearly identical, superinsulated homes on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. South Mountain Company designed and built the LEED Platinum homes for the Island Housing Trust with the goal of allowing the residents to operate them at net-zero energy, using the 5 kW photovoltaic (PV) arrays on the roofs for power. In case the energy cost savings didn’t provide enough incentive, South Mountain offered a reward to any household that came in at net-zero energy for the first year. Two families …..

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    10 Green Lessons From Mid-Century Modern Houses

    Alissa Walker’s creative commons homage to Julius Shulman I do go on about the green lessons we can learn from old buildings , but usually talk about those designed before the thermostat age. Greg Lavardera tweets about a post listing 10 Forgotten Lessons of Mid-Century Modern Design

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    Novacem Carbon-Eating Cement Is Material Connexion’s Material Of The Year

    Cement production is responsible for as much as 5% the world’s annual production of CO2 and the world can’t get enough of the stuff. So when Sami first wrote about Novacem , a cement substitute made from magnesium silicate, it was exciting stuff.

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    Stunning Singapore Home Wards Off the Sweltering Heat with Cool Water Ponds

    The concept developed for the home inverted planning and hierarchical norms common in local residential planning. To fully appreciate the mature and variegated natural environment and stretch the potential for visual depth and distance, the main living room and study were located in a pavilion on the second storey. It was designed with minimal enclosing and supporting structure so as to maximize the elevated vistas. To unconsciously guide visitors to the living pavilion above, a minimal spiral staircase touches down within the entrance foyer. Hints of the tree-lined views are seen through the large circular void connecting …… Read the rest of Stunning Singapore Home Wards Off the Sweltering Heat with Cool Water Ponds

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    Policing Your Power-Hungry Appliances

    Belkin has a new line of products that measure the electricity consumption of specific bulbs or appliances, calculate the costs and find ways to achieve savings.

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