Hyper-Efficient House Completed In Virginia

This new home in Virginia was designed for optimal efficiency. It’s the first to receive LEED platinum in Virginia. Optimal elements that set it apart: an integrated rain water collection system (the site design features zero site runoff for a one-inch rain event), integrated geothermal wells, and exceptional indoor air quality. The home was built by Metro Green and designed …

Green LA Girl Joins MetaEfficient

We are happy to announce that Siel Ju, noted green writer, will be joining MetaEfficient. Siel runs her own site Green LA Girl, and she has also written for Treehugger, Lime and Worldchanging.

Efficient Cargo Bike: The Bilenky

Russ Roca has posted a great review of the Bilenky cargo bike on his Bike Commuters site. After 300 miles of test riding, he says the Bilenky is better than the Xtracycle or LongJohn cargo bikes.

Optimal: Making Manufacturing Processes Transparent: Patagonia

Patagonia is really a leader in effective, green manufacturing. Now the company is making its manufacturing processes as transparent as possible. Patagonia has created a web site called the Footprint Chronicles, where you can track the eco “footprint” of several pieces of Patagonian clothing. Also listed in the amount of waste and CO2 generated as the garments are produced — …

First Ski Resort Wind Turbine Begins Operations

The first wind turbine to be installed at ski resort in the U.S. was recently turned on, and is producing clean power. The turbine, dubbed “Zephyr”, was installed at Jiminy Peak, a resort in western Massachusetts. The turbine is rated at 1.5 megawatts, and it will produce an estimated 33%-50% of the resort’s power needs, and excess power will go …

Green Hotel To Be Built Into Chinese Quarry

This hotel, designed by the Atkins groups, will be an outstanding example of incorporating a building into an existing site. The 400-bed resort is to be built near Shanghai in a 100 meter deep quarry. The quarry will provide protection from the weather, and reduce the energy needs of the hotel. The complex will contain restaurants, cafes, sport facilities, and …

renourish: A Guide to Green Graphic Design

Renourish is guide for graphic designer to help them practice their craft using greener techniques. The web site, created by Eric Benson, offers many green tips and pointers to green resources (which can be otherwise quite difficult to track down). Great reference.

ZEN Aurvana Earphones by Creative

Creative has released these ZEN Aurvana earphones, which are said to block out 90% of ambient noise. The $100 phones are apparently first being released in Singapore. But they should be available in the U.S. soon because they are already featured prominently on Creative’s site. The earphones weigh just 13g, making them the lightest in their class according to Creative, …

Ceramic Japanese Soaking Tubs

A company called Aquapal imports these authentic tubs from Shigaraki region of Japan. The tubs are hand-made ceramic sculptures. The clay and titanium oxide composition are naturally antibacterial. There are no prices posted on the Aquapal web site, the company says can call for custom pricing.

Why Prefab Homes Can Be Compelling

Living Box is a site that has a nice cross-section of prefabricated homes. The examples seen there are actually intended to inspire entries in a design competition. Prefab homes are appealing to us, due to their compact lightness and modern architecture. Another compelling factor should be the price, but designers have not full realized this goal — we aren’t seeing …