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A Zero-Energy Community: Part 1

Project Manager Brad Liljequist chronicles the building of the zHome, a ten-unit townhome in Issaquah, Washington—the first multifamily zero-energy community in the United States. Part 1: Introduction to the project.   I am writing this as I sit in the zHome Stewardship Center, which will open later this Fall as a hub of education and market transformation for radically green housing in the Pacific Northwest. I’m surrounded by the sounds of typical construction wrap-up on a residential community—the clink of rebar being laid down for the concrete walkways, Motown being played on the radio by a cleanup crew, and a trackhoe moving larger trees into place. There’s also non-typical sounds—those of drills on the roof, where the solar panels are being installed, and ground source heat pumps starting up for the first time.
September 14, 2011
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Izola Laundry Bags

Have you heard about Izola? This utilitarian-retro company features five throwback lines of everyday home and bathroom products—appropriately named Scout, Maritime, Apothecary, Sport and Powder Retro—capturing clever idiosyncrasies from the good ol’ days. 
September 4, 2011
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Kristi Reimers of Eco Carmel

In August 2010, Kristi Reimers opened the doors of her shop Eco Carmel to fulfill a dream of starting her own businesses and also to make a difference to her Carmel, California, community and to the health of the planet. "It's not just a store where people can come to shop; it's also a great resource about sustainable living," she says. 
August 30, 2011
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Video: Studio H Chicken Coops

In our July/August 2011 family- and play-themed issue we featured three very cool chicken coops designed and built by a cadre of handy Bertie County, North Carolina, high school students. Here we share a behind-the-scenes video showing the Studio H students hammering out their ideas and putting the coop parts together.
August 23, 2011
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Yerba Buena Street Life Plan

Recently in San Francisco, the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District and CMG Landscape Architecture unveiled the Yerba Buena Street Life Plan. The plan is meant to serve as a master plan for the mixed-use neighborhood known as Yerba Buena that is located south of Market Street and includes prominent public buildings and spaces such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Yerba Buena Gardens, and the Moscone Center. The goal of the plan, meant to be implemented over the next ten years, is to create an identity for the neighborhood and foster a sense of community where residents and passers-through can stop and enjoy the area and engage with its outdoor spaces.
August 8, 2011
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Methodology is Extended!

We are excited to announce that the entry period of our Methodology upcyling competition is extended through July 24th. Make good use of the gift of time and enter your ideas now! The submissions we've received so far have been fantastic and we can't wait to see what else everyone can come up with. Build a prototype for easy-to-craft designs, or show us the most fantastical of ideas through a drawing or rendering. Don't delay! The winner of the contest will receive a year's supply of method products, worth $300.
July 15, 2011

Zem Joaquin & Mariel Hemingway

After discussing green living on the Sustainability Stage, ecofabulous founder Zem Joaquin and actress, wellness expert and Cambria USA stonework brand advocate Mariel Hemingway gave us a quick rundown of why they love Dwell on Design. Joaquin designed a sustainable dream home—currently being auctioned off on eBay beginning with a starting bid of $160,000—that anchored the Dwell Outdoor area of the show. Both women are ardent supporters of the ="Cradle to Cradle Institute, conceptualized by architect William McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart to create a framework for product quality assessment and innovation.
July 10, 2011
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Highlights from Dwell on Design 2011

Temperatures were sweltering in L.A. over the weekend, but the 20,000 plus attendees at our sixth annual Dwell on Design conference—who took to the Convention Center in droves—were able to check out the latest and greatest design finds in cool, easy-breezy style. There was no shortage of things to look at, sit in, and test out. If you weren't able to stop by, or simply want to relive the memories, click on through to our roundup.
June 28, 2011
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From the Show Floor: Pecha Kucha

The Design and Innovation stage closed the day with a bang in a fast-paced Pecha Kucha-style presentation of six potentially world-changing design ideas.
June 26, 2011
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