Mid-Rise Wood Frame Construction Projects Receive Development Grants

Posted by Juliet Grable

Mar 4, 2016 1:28:17 PM

Architects and builders are looking to wood as a sustainable alternative for mid-rise construction.

THE COUNTY'S FIRST mid-rise wood frame construction projects will soon be going up, one on each coast. These buildings will rely on mass timber construction, a category that includes engineered beams, or glulams, and the less familiar cross-laminated timber panels.

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Video: Humblefacture Manufacturing Offers Less Destructive Approach to Production

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Feb 28, 2016 11:49:31 AM

The process of Humblefacture allows the manufacture of sophisticated products on a local basis, and respond to what people want quickly. The goal is to create products at a lower energy cost than current models. Examples include companies that allow buyers to assemble bicycles they buy, reducing up front cost and need for large factories. "In the end, it's also a lot cooler, because you built it," says Dominic Muren, speaking at the Maryland Institute of Art (MICA). One of the solutions mentioned is 3-D printing. As discussed in a previous article, we also see manufacturing heading toward local production, as 3-D printing becomes more affordable and expandable.

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Startup Company Hopes to "Kickstart" Past Tesla Powerwall, With the First Plug-and-Play Whole-House Solar Battery

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Feb 18, 2016 1:22:06 PM

Now on pre-order, the battery systems sell for about $1,200, and can be daisy-chained to exceed Tesla Powerwall storage capability.

This just in, from Triple Pundit:

"The Orison battery is available in two variations — a tower and a panel — building on the tech trend of style-first (think: the Nest’s uncanny ability to make thermostats cool). Weighing in at 38 pounds, Orison’s battery tower looks like a cross between a cylinder fan and a Wi-Fi router. The 34-inch tower, which also functions as an LED light and bluetooth speaker, is designed to be placed on the floor (prominently, of course). The 40-pound panel, which also functions as an LED light, can be mounted on the wall and comes in a variety of colors to suit the owner’s decor (see above).

The systems are insanely small compared to the Powerwall, which weighs more than 200 pounds — and Clifton told us a small size was his cohort’s primary goal, ranking even above storage capacity.

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Making Zero Energy Homes a Mainstream Option

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Feb 15, 2016 10:50:57 AM

Solar shingles and an attractive rebate program are making net-zero homes from Addison Homes appeal to buyers in this South Carolina market.

Addison Homes is committed to making zero energy a mainstream option, modeling a vision of sustainable construction that’s attractive, affordable and attainable for homeowners. Its 2,700­-square-­foot InVision Zero SC is not only the first zero­-energy home in Greenville, S.C., it is also the first area’s first Active House.

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World's First Solar Power Boat Cruises at 5 knots, Running for 10 Hours on One Battery Charge

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Feb 8, 2016 12:49:19 PM

The SunCraft 21 is now being field-tested in Dubai. If if performs, the Regional Transportation Authority plans to purchase many more.

While it's not the first power boat to operate with an electric motor running on battery power, to our knowledge this is the first cruising-style power boat designed to operate on 100 percent solar PV power. The craft, built by Solar Water World, a German company, is said to be almost silent, and produces no emissions.

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