Monthly archive April, 2009
Sweet Sweet Green

Sweet Sweet Green

How come some start ups are great successes while others can’t make it a year?  What line should a business walk regarding its risk taking in the marketplace?  Can a company talk ‘too much green’ and scare off a potential client base?… Questions like these really get me going and I’ve found myself dedicating a...
Take 5ive | Touring a LEED Platinum Home

Take 5ive | Touring a LEED Platinum Home

This past weekend was the big Minneapolis-St Paul home tour and I fully took advantage of the opportunity to poke my head into a couple amazing projects.  The first one that I want to highlight is the 5ive house by Shelter Architecture, a LEED Platinum mod project that was jam packed with eco-features… Here’s a...
Solarsiedlung ist Gut

Solarsiedlung ist Gut

Spring is here in Minnesota and life is good!… Everyone is wiping the sleep out of their eyes from the last four months of hibernation… people are active and happy, and much can be attributed to the warmth of a beautiful sunny day.  Frieburg, Germany residents enjoy the sun for more than therapeutic reasons… they...
Windspire is my Desire

Windspire is my Desire

Mariah Power has created the Windspire, a small-scale turbine that is designed for homeowners looking for affordable renewable energy options.  It pumps out an estimated 1,800 kWh/year (11 mph winds) and is approved for urban and suburban settings.  The Spire is 30 feet tall and has a diameter of 24 inches, meaning it shouldn’t throw...
Diodes in the Rear-View

Diodes in the Rear-View

Check your mirrors folks, Light Emitting Diodes are in your rear-view and they’re coming up fast! LEDs have been touted for years as being the greatest thing since sliced bread.  They are ridiculously energy efficient, last just about forever, and don’t have the mercury issues that their sidekick Compact Fluorescents have.  Their journey up to...
Build Green = Save Green

Build Green = Save Green

Green building’s biggest misconception is that it is too expensive.  Many say “I wish I could go green, but dadgum, I just can’t afford to!”  Well folks, I’m not buying it… when it comes to crunching #’s, the converse is actually true.  Building green is one of the smartest financial decisions that can be made. ...
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