From across the room at the grand opening of the Urbanata sustainable products showroom in South Seattle, the wall of Agrestal tiles looked like oxidized, riveted metal, accented with wood along the base. As I drew closer, the aesthetics remained quite convincing.
After spending a few years in the waste management industry, Damon Carson grew weary of watching perfectly good things get discarded. Today his career still revolves around waste, but with a focus on what can be saved. Read the rest of this entry »
Product news from around the web this week, including window safety tips, the Final Four floor, universal design strategies, and oddball accessories.
Even in wetter regions, water conservation is likely to become a bigger concern for all Americans in the near future. Government predictions are dire: Within a few decades as many as 36 states could experience water shortages. Water is already causing political and boundary tensions in some areas of the country.
The good news is, there are plenty of easy product swaps around the house that can put a dent in your clients’ consumption—and their water bills—without affecting their day-to-day life. Read the rest of this entry »
The rise of the backyard woman’s retreat, appliance complaints, tall wood buildings, and other product news from the past week.
IKEA-inspired modular housing, 50 hot green products, invisible universal design, and other product-related news from the past week.
I had the pleasure of catching up with Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, as he preps for the upcoming PV America West conference. Here’s what he believes to be the biggest current trends in residential solar: Read the rest of this entry »
Product-related news from the past week, including highlights from the 2012 International Builders’ Show, modern wood paneling, thermostat wars, and more.
Couldn’t make it to the Builders’ Show last week? Here is a selection of post-show highlights: Read the rest of this entry »
Sophisticated radiators, finding the perfect circ saw, solar goes standard, mis-labeled light bulbs, and other building product news from the past week.
When was the last time a fireplace surround stopped you in your tracks? In a sea of ho-hum hearths, this one-of-a-kind beauty stands out for its Read the rest of this entry »
The holidays didn’t slow the flow of interesting building product news last week. Here are a few stories that caught our attention, including Queen Elizabeth’s alternative energy installation, solar-generating paint, 2012 trends, fabulous fireplaces, and more.
Green building predictions, wind turbines aflame, pond-scum-inspired solar, and other building product news of note this week.