GUEST POST: Five Tips for Green Moving

The following guest post from Kevin Hagan focuses on steps that can be taken in making a green move. He should know, as residential and commercial moving is his business. Remember what you did with all those boxes the last time you moved? Thanks for the tips, Kevin.

GUEST POST: Different Types of Solar Panels

Guest Post: Solar panels, formed from several types of photovoltaic cells, can be manufactured from a variety of different materials – most of which being crystalline silicon. Over a hundred different manufacturers produce photovoltaic cells all over the world.

A Return Visit to Doug Eichelberger’s Trash Barn

It’s time to revisit Colorado architect Doug Eichelberger’s trash barn and comment on the refreshing economic and sustainable philosophies that are behind the outbuildings he’s created using little more than scrap that was destined for the landfill or found materials.

Net-Zero Energy Homes Now Available from KB Home, Las Vegas

KB Home opened its first net-zero energy home in Nevada during a special event held yesterday at its Talavera at Mountain’s Edge community in Las Vegas. At the event, KB Home employees and Clark County Commissioner, Susan Brager, hosted a group of area school children for a morning of education, games and a guided tour of the innovative new home, dubbed ZeroHouse 2.0.

TV NEWS: DIY Network Launches “The Bronson Pinchot Project”

From Beverly Hills to small-town Harford, Pa., Bronson Pinchot lets viewers in on his little known secret. When he’s not in front of the camera in Hollywood, he’s pursuing his passion for restoring old homes in his middle-of-nowhere USA getaway. Premiering Saturday, Feb. 11 at 10:30 p.m. ET

Try This Solar Decathlon Net-Zero Energy Home on for Size: the Chip House

For those sustainability designers and innovators wanting a net-zero product, take a look at the Chip House, a 2011 entry in the DoE’s Solar Decathlon, placing sixth.

Gabion Walls Make Green Sense

This article on gabion walls was previously run on GBE. We bring it up again as a repost because the methodology is very sustainable and cost-effective. Good nutrition for the thought process!

circHouse = the Better Yurt

Ryan’s primary goal for the circHouse has been to this end: to manufacture a durable and secure shelter that can be rapidly deployed to help assist with emergency aid efforts in places like Haiti, where citizens are still recovering from a massive earthquake almost one and a half years ago, many without any kind of decent shelter.

NewWood Manufacturing Offers Diverse Palette of Sustainable Recycled Products

A good line of green composite building products can be found through Elma, WA-based NewWood Manufacturing. The company’s innovative composite panels provide a glowing example of putting waste and scrap to good use. Panels are made using 50 percent recycled plastic and 50 percent recycled wood.

Renovations and Repairs Can Boost Our Economy and Environment

Home renovation uses less material and more labor than new construction. When renovating and repairing an already existing structure, there’s less of an environmental impact as well as the potential tax credits, incentives, and boost to the local economy.

Bamboo Building: Good or Bad for the Environment

Bamboo has been lauded for its in home construction and building; however, some concerns have risen with the popularity of bamboo, including biodiversity, soil erosion, and chemical use.

New Blind Mimics Tree Leaves and Stores Energy

Imagine coming home from a long day at work on a summers’ day. You left that morning and ensured the blinds were down so you didn’t come home to a roasting-oven. You walk in the door and the sun is down outside, but inside, there’s a warm gentle light. Welcome to a house with the…

Small Scale Designs Make Big Impact in Sustainable Architecture

Thirty years ago, couples looked to build sprawling homes. The American dream, a mansion on mass amounts of land was ideal. Now this concept is being re-evaluated and “go big or go home” no longer applies to architecture. Tiny homes that are easily constructed and are very sustainable are now in demand. These small dwellings are as beautiful as the giant structures of past generations just measured on a different scale.

Bahrain World Trade Center by Atkins

As sustainable design becomes a more common practice, it is the aesthetic appeal and technological advances which are used in collaboration with these practices that make each building more inspirational. The Bahrain World Trade Center (BWTC) in Manama, Bahrain is a beautiful example of sustainability meets design. It was designed by Atkins with the goals…

Taipei 101 is World’s Tallest Green Building

It’s a common saying that size doesn’t matter, but nobody told the people who built the Taipei 101 tower that. The 1,666 foot tall building has just become the world’s tallest green building by achieving LEED Platinum certification in the Existing Building Operation and Maintenance category from the U.S. Green Building Council. Not only is this now the tallest building to receive LEED certification, it is also the largest scale building with a total area of 1.6 million square feet and the green building with the most tenants at 90.

The New Dali Museum: Sustainable and Beautiful Plus Designed to Withstand the Elements

Visitors have always traveled to St. Petersburg, Florida to experience the Dali Museum since it opened in 1980. In January of this year, 2011, the New Dali Museum opened and is receiving an exceptional response. The doors opened 1-11-11 at 11:11am for people to enjoy an incredible art collection within a building that is its own masterpiece.