The Redwood Deck Solution

For homeowners, architects, and remodeling companies, the redwood deck has long represented an attractive materials choice to consider. First, this material has passed the time-tested standard as a beautiful, long-standing, cost-effective option. For those in the midst of selecting what material to use for a new or remodeled deck, here are things to consider: Material…

New Insulated Concrete Blocks Made From Recycled Styrofoam

BluBloc insulated concrete forms

A new company in Portland, Oregon is gearing up to manufacture large quantities of the latest product in the ICF (insulated concrete forms) world.  BluBloc offers a twist on standard ICF products – it uses recycled styrofoam instead of manufacturing new for use in the forms. BluBloc is 85% recycled polystyrene foam (styrofoam) and 15%…

Mushrooms Hold Key to Stormwater Treatment

Mycoremediation, the use of fungi to treat water and soil, could be the stormwater filter of the present and future.  A couple of projects in Portland, Oregon are putting the science to the test. According to Wikipedia, “one of the primary roles of fungi in the ecosystem is decomposition, which is performed by the mycelium….

Home & Business Solar & Wind Power Systems From Pika

pika wind turbine

Pika Energy* makes renewable energy systems for homes and businesses that can use solar and wind power combined, or each one individually. Phillip Swanson, an application engineered there, answered some questions for us about its technology. How long does the installation process take? A typical Pika installation will be conducted in 2 phases. The first…

35 Story Carbon Neutral Wood Skyscraper Proposed For Paris

Cross laminated wooden tower proposed for Paris

Architect Michael Green has propose a 35 story wood skyscraper for the Reinvent Paris design competition. The tower’s bike paths and green space would resemble the High LIne Park in New York City.

SunBeamer Skylight System Provides Natural Light Indoors, Promotes Vitamin D Production

SunCentral has announced the release of a new skylight system that claims to promote vitamin D production by providing natural sunlight in interior spaces that would not normally see sunlight. “Our goal was to develop an indoor lighting system that provides much of the sun’s health benefits, including boosting the body’s ability to produce Vitamin…

Become a Scottish Lord or Lady for $50, and Help the Planet Too

Buy Scottish land and become a lord or lady

Ever dreamed of being a part of the landed gentry?  Here’s your chance.  For less that $50 you can purchase a small plot of land in Scotland, which entitles you to use the title of Laird (landowner), Lord, or Lady!  The good thing is, the land is preserved in its natural state and you can…