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Ski the Green


whitepod.jpgAs a ski bunny searching for an eco-friendly ski resort, I thought I’d pass along some info to anyone else who may desire a green vaca on the slopes.
WhitePod (pic, left) Igloo-like camp… Luxury meets Back Woods…sky high in the Swiss Alps. The Green Resort Guide provides eco track-records for resorts all around the world.
Here’s to a beautiful season.

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Thursday, January 4, 2007

LivingHomes LEEDS the Way


Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design awards LA-based architects, Ray Kappe and David Hertz, of LivingHomes, 91 of 108 possible points for their pre-fab, residential prototype. The LivingHomes 2500-square-foot model home is a Zero Energy, Zero Water, Zero Waste, Zero Carbon, Zero Emissions residence, whose green building features exceptional, state of the art construction, such as:
* An integrated stormwater management system which includes sub-surface irrigation and a 3500-gallon cistern and grey water recycling system
* A whole-house cooling/ventilation fan
* A 175 CFM fan in the garage tied into the garage door
automatically exhausts carbon monoxide from the garage
* Low-e Solarban60 glazing on the doors and windows and Polygal
polycarbonate glazing that has greater thermal properties than regular
glass
* Low-Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) paints and stains from AFM Safecoat
* Forest Stewardship Certified (FSC) wood for the millwork, ceiling, siding, and framing
* 100% post-consumer recycled paper based countertops
* Recycled glass and recycled porcelain tiles
* Water-efficient fixtures
* Solar-powered photovoltaics & a special, 864-square-foot roof
* An energy-efficient spa by Jacuzzi
* An indoor garden that serves to filter and produce clean indoor air.

This particular model’s home foundation took almost 7 months (because it’s situated on a sloped site, with three different levels of foundation and underground parking). Normal foundations should take three months max. The actual pre-fab construction of this steel-framed home was accomplished in 8 hours. Fit-out can take another 3 months or so, depending of course on what that entails. According to Daniel Cunningham of LivingHomes, “Pricing is less expensive than a similarly-designed custom site-built home”. So it seems there’s a glimmer of hope for more green in residential construction. For details on this inspiring work, or other LivingHomes, visit LivingHomes.us. Green Home Sweet Home.

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Turn-On the Green


CFLighting1.jpgAccording to the folks at New American Dream, electricity production is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., and lighting accounts for about 25 percent of American electricity consumption. By replacing four standard bulbs with CFLs, you can prevent the emission of 5000 pounds of carbon dioxide and reduce your electricity bill by more than $100 over the lives of those bulbs.

If only 1,000 of us each replace four standard bulbs with CFLs, we can prevent the emission of five million pounds of carbon dioxide and reduce our electricity bills by more than $100,000 over the lives of those bulbs.

Low-mercury compact fluorescent light bulbs can be picked up at your local hardware or discount store. But some utilities now sell CFLs to their customers at less-than-retail prices, so check with your local utility. See the (green) Light, and let us know how you feel.

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Compact Yet Big Impact


ottoslide.jpgTiny Living, a small store in the East Village, specializes in providing home-goods for small spaces. Most of their items are compact, and perform more than one task…very engaging.

At left is an otto slide/sofa. The red ottomans slide out and serve as either additional mini seats or low-lying mini tables. Priced at $499. This nifty otto slide is also available as a single. For some fun, funky finds: 125 East 7th St, between First Ave & Avenue A, (212 228 2748).

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Ski the Net & Save Some Green


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Snow buns and buds can traverse the net for some decent deals before hitting the slopes.
snowrental.net…Reserve rooms and gear in North America or Europe, save up to 45% in over 500 shops; also offers snow reports and ski holiday packages.
ifyouski.com … a very comprehensive site; under Resorts — check out their reviews of resorts all over the world, and activities both on and off the slopes.
snow.com … specializes in packages to 5 resorts: Vail, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek, Keystone and Heavenly.
ski.com … ski packages to 75 resorts located throughout North America, South America and Europe; also offers customized holidays with concierge services for restaurant rez, child care, grocery shopping, etc.
natives.com … ski jobs and working in resorts, plus a whole lot more about the precious white stuff.
wildsnow.com … Lou Dawson’s blog and site about the back country.
Your Turn – add your fave to the list in the comment zone…and go carve some turns.

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