Author Archives: Philip Proefrock

Prizewinning Affordable Housing

October 2nd, 2008 | by Philip Proefrock

The contemporary looking building pictured here is not a high-end green building full of high tech features. Rather, it is [&hellip


Building a DIY Wetland

September 7th, 2008 | by Philip Proefrock

A family in Australia has created their own tiny wetland as a part of a household grey water system.  It [&hellip


Are Extruded Houses Green?

September 5th, 2008 | by Philip Proefrock

For several years, Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis at the University of Southern California has been working on systems for rapidly creating [&hellip


California Moving to Block Sprawl

August 28th, 2008 | by Philip Proefrock

Sprawl is a constant issue at the outside periphery of every city in the country. Although matters have abated temporarily [&hellip


Weighing the Value of Concrete Housing

August 5th, 2008 | by Philip Proefrock

A South African company called Moladi is promoting their system for quickly building homes. Using their system, the exterior walls [&hellip


Recessed Lights and Greenwash

July 21st, 2008 | by Philip Proefrock

Recessed can lighting is a familiar method of lighting rooms.  Rather than having fixtures protruding into the space, the light [&hellip


Hawaii Mandates Solar Hot Water

July 7th, 2008 | by Philip Proefrock

Solar water heaters are far more efficient and have a much shorter payback period than do solar photovoltaic systems.  Getting [&hellip


Community Solar Power

June 27th, 2008 | by Philip Proefrock

A community in Canada has an unusual form of solar power that can provide over 90% of the annual heating [&hellip


Small Homes Banned

June 17th, 2008 | by Philip Proefrock

Smaller homes are more energy efficient generally, and consume fewer resources for their construction. In the United States, the average [&hellip


Solar Power and RVs

June 11th, 2008 | by Philip Proefrock

How does driving an unsustainable fuel hog around contribute to the adoption of solar power? While some purists might point [&hellip



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