Innovative solutions for creating healthy, efficient, eco-friendly homes

October 2007

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Recycling Made Easy

Drop an aluminum can or plastic bottle into the top of the award-winning ecopod Home Recycling Center, step on a pedal at the bottom of the unit and presto! The aluminum or plastic container is instantly compacted and dropped into a portable pod at the bottom of the recycling unit. The pod can hold 50 to 60 crushed containers, and when it's full, homeowners can easily remove the pod to recycle the containers at curbside collection or a redemption station.

High-Performance High-Rises

As the sustainability movement continues forward, many construction projects of different types are starting to become more focused on greenbuilding. I'm receiving calls from developers I've never heard of on a daily basis, asking how they can make their projects more sustainable or even LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified. Why is this happening?

Building better coastal homes

Coastal building is undergoing a dynamic change, one that can be seen in a residential community recently established in a hurricane-prone region. Audubon Village is a master-planned coastal community on Bolivar Peninsula, a 27-mile-long barrier island on the Texas Gulf Coast north of Galveston. At its widest point, Bolivar Peninsula is only three miles across, which means homes there are particularly susceptible to damage from severe weather.

Innovative Luxury Bathrooms

Innovative Luxury Bathrooms

Today's luxury bathrooms include all the aesthetic elements present in the rest of the home. Their utilitarian purpose has been overshadowed in recent years by a growing range of upscale design options, from the sybaritic pleasures promised by mood-elevating chromatherapy baths to artistic touches like vessel sinks made from wood or stone, to showers that create a soothing rain-like experience or envelop you in therapeutic steam.

Smarter washing, walls and windows

It's often said there's nothing new under the sun. We beg to differ. The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) recently identified 10 innovative technologies that are about to make our homes stronger, more durable and more resource-efficient.

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