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Recycled Vespa Chairs

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These awesome looking chairs are totally unique and super eco-innovative. They are made from old model, fossil fuel burning Vespa mini motorcycles. These upscale chairs are made by the reputable Spanish design studio Bel & Bel. We haven’t heard anything about costs of manufacture or pricing OR how to get them but we think its a cool idea on how to reuse old vehicles so we will keep you posted on the details of where and how to get your green hands on these recycled Vespa chairs.

Top 10 Green Building Products

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Sustainable Industries has released their Top 10 Green Building Products 2010 guide. This list assists companies see which products should be used in their eco-friendly building. The top 10 products were chosen from more than 100 entries and were evaluated on several different criteria including environmental performance, design aesthetic, and compatibility with the USGBC’s LEED rating system.

Top 10 Green Building Products 2010

AQUS Greywater System – Sioan Valve Co.
Acrovyn 4000 – Construction Specialties Inc.
Control4 Energy Management System – Control4 Energy
Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard – QA Graphics
Energy Recovery Ventilator – Building Performance Equipment
Second Glass – Second Glass
Strand Poplar Flooring – Eco Timber
Ultimate Pervious Pavement – Evolution Paving Resources
Warmboard – Warmboard Inc.
Solatube Daylighting Systems – Solatube International

Siesta Windsor Adirondack Chair

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The 100% recycled Poly Adirondack is a totally familiar and classic design that’s ideal for your yard, deck or patio. The Windosr Chair is an ultimate addition to any outdoor seating arrangement. There are a number of eco-friendly options in the Siesta collection, so you can mix and match with other green coffee and end tables, chairs or bistro tables. They offer four kinds of eco-friendly Adirondack chairs – the BayFront Chair or Rocker, the Westport Chair or Rocker, the Windsor Chair or Deck Chair, and the Hampton or Wave Chairs.

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Forget all those store bought toxic spray cleaners that fill your house with chemicals! This article will teach you how to make your own non-toxic, organic spray cleaner that has a REAL fresh lemon scent, and uses the natural cleaning power of citrus to clean your home! Lemons are really acidic, so you can use them to scrub and remove dirt and bacteria on pretty much all surfaces in your home. Lemons make the perfect chemical-free cleaner and are the best way to reduce your footprint!

We suggests the following lemon-fresh mixture:

1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of soap
1 squeeze of lemon
1/4 litre of water

Mix that all together, and use it from a bucket to clean or add it to a used spray cleaner bottle.

Sustainable Amish Furniture

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The Mountain Magnolia Collection is a collection of fine furniture handcrafted from sustainable forests and inspired by the Mountain Magnolia Inn. The collection is designed by Gary Lowe, president of Gary Lowe Designs, Ltd. and Genesis Designs, LLC. He is a well-known furniture designer who has done work for some of the top furniture makers in the world. Each piece in the collection is lovingly made by Philip Yoder, an Amish furniture maker, of Belfield Furniture Company and other Amish craftsmen in Holmes County, Ohio.

The collection is unique not only in its design and its eco-friendly creation, but in the exceptional value it represents. Its craftsmanship and design are at par with the finest furniture available anywhere. The Amish team use only locally grown hardwoods from forests which are sustainable. In Ohio, where forest acreage has doubled in the past 60 years, there is a move to certify all private and public forests as “sustainable,” according to the Plain Dealer. It’s a way for the State’s forestry owners to make more money on the wood products they sell, and more importantly ensure that there are still trees to harvest and process in the years to come.

Check out their great Amish designed furniture here.

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Greenbuild is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. Thousands of building professionals from all over the world come together at Greenbuild for three days of outstanding educational sessions, renowned speakers, green building tours, special seminars, and networking events.

As one of the first cities to adopt LEED for public buildings and the city that is home to more LEED-certified buildings than any other, Chicago is truly committed to leadership as a “next-generation” city – the perfect place for us to celebrate being part of Generation Green.

World Cup Stadium a Green Design?

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The Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban was finished last year. The design called for a “state-of-the-art landmark sports facility with excellent amenities and a sustainable recreational and multi-disciplinary sporting venue.”

The stadiums most notable feature is a large 150-meter arch rising high above the stadium center.The builders of the Durban stadium minimized construction and demolition impact by utilizing recycled materials from the old stadium. More than 30,000 cubic meters of concrete demolition material from the old stadium was used for construction of the new stadium.

The PTFE-coated roof membrane allows 50 percent of sunlight to filter through while protecting the stadium from glare and rain. The stadium also features a rainwater collection system, water-saving installations, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems and natural ventilation design.

Microsoft Hohm Rates Home Energy Efficiency

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Last week, Microsoft released the Hohm Score, a free Web application that calculates your homes energy efficiency. The estimates are based on its size and location. The software has determined that homes with the worst scores are in Texas and Tennessee, and the best are in Hawaii and Delaware.

The score is “calculated by comparing a home’s actual and potential energy efficiency,” Microsoft said in a press release. It uses home energy-efficiency models generated by the Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, which Hohm uses to create recommendations on how to cut utility bills.

Microsoft said that checking out a Hohm score will let people determine their energy use over more than 60 million houses in the U.S.

Green Building Council New LEED Standards

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The Canada Green Building Council is about to release the LEED Canada for New Construction and Major Renovations and LEED Canada Core and Shell Development. These updated rating systems include current reference standards, re-weighted credits, and better credit compliance pathways.

LEED Canada NC 2009 will allow for faster review of applications and a streamlined certification process.
Registration for new projects will open on June 21, 2010. Projects registered with the CaGBC before June 21 will have the option to continue certification under LEED Canada NC 1.0 or opt into the new LEED Canada NC 2009 system. Reference guides for the new systems will be available to order at the national conference starting June 9th, 2010.

For more information on the CaGBC visit www.cagbc.org.

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Innovation’s Toolbox Collection is designed to rock your living space with trendy, avant-garde designs and modular functionality. Created in Denmark, this Cross Table will fit perfectly into your loft or bedroom, adding a finishing touch of simplicity and style. The surface of this contemporary Nightstand or Coffee Table is constructed of thick aluminum with high gloss metallic paint.