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Acting With Purpose

Posted by Ron Jones

Jun 10, 2015 8:20:00 AM

Building may be the ultimate expression of purpose. Without intent, there is no reason to build.

PERHAPS IT HAS JUST been on my mind, rattling around in the subconscious and peeking out of the corners as if to tease me, or maybe I’m just imagining it, but it seems that the term (and the meaning of) purpose keeps popping up lately. It could be the result of the change of the seasons, apparent in the lengthening of the days and the almost imperceptible transition from the colors and tones of winter—white, brown and gray—to the pale greens and brightening blues as spring careens toward summer.

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Three Efficiency Upgrades for Kitchens and Baths

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 8, 2015 12:59:30 PM

There are several easy targets for improving the efficiency of kitchens and baths that don’t require opening up walls.

This 22 cubic foot refrigerator from Amana represents decades of efficiency-driven innovations, including foam insulation with low global warming potential.

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New Sequential, Expandable Building System Targets Veterans

Posted by Stan Love, Guest Columnist

Jun 5, 2015 8:08:13 AM

The ADAptable GroHome uses a sustainable and ADA-compliant, universal design to provide immediate, accessible housing options.

A new expandable, sequential building system, called the ADAptable GroHome  (Gro= Green-Repositionable-Open) has a flexible design, aimed at providing immediate, accessible housing to returning disabled veterans. An operating version of the new system, was displayed at Austin’s South By Southwest festival earlier this year.

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Water Paean: Abundance at Mariposa Meadows

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Jun 4, 2015 11:02:00 AM

Water’s life-giving force is nowhere more obvious than at our very own Mariposa Meadows.

THE SWOLLEN RIVERS are a telltale sign that spring has come to the Colorado Rockies. As the cold chill of winter reluctantly loosens its grip on the high country, milder weather moves in, resurrecting the landscape’s vitality that had been dormant during the darker months.

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A Bright Upgrade for the Humdrum Electrical Faceplate

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Jun 4, 2015 7:24:24 AM

The technology is simple, but the effect is quite dramatic. Dusk to dawn LED lighting that cost you $10 cents a year and lasts 25 years.

I received a couple of these unusual products in the mail a couple of weeks ago, and plugged one in to test it. As advertised, The SnapPower Guidelight outlet cover has a tiny light sensor that shuts the plate off during the day (unless it's very overcast, and it requires no wiring.

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