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California Commission Boosts Building Energy Standards

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Unanimous vote approves sweeping energy efficiency standards, including 'solar ready roofs' on new buildings

The California Energy Commission today unanimously approved upgraded building energy efficiency standards that one commissioner called "the strongest in the nation." The new standards, which take effect Jan. 1, 2014, include a host of common-sense standards designed to save energy, from insulating hot-water pipes to making sure that air conditioner installations are inspected for sufficient air......read more

Dovecote Studio: Preservation, Meet Prefab

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London architects Haworth Tompkins insert a Corten steel artist's studio into a ruined Victorian dovecote

On England's Suffolk coast, architects from London firm Haworth Tompkins have made unlikely bedfellows of prefab architecture and historic building preservation. Dovecote Studio was created from the ruins of a Victorian-era dovecote, which was used as a frame for a Cor-ten steel "lining". The inner form was lowered by crane into the aging brick structure. Say the architects: "The......read more

Oon Power Outlet by David Okum

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A perfectly charming power cord solution for home or office $79.00

Ugly plastic power bars have nothing on the Oom, a thoughtfully designed alternative made using sustainable maple from Connecticut. The Oom is the brainchild of David Okum, an LA-based product designer whose work we've featured before. He describes his latest creation like this: Three electrical sockets designed to flex and rotate conform to different situations, allowing for all connections......read more

Reclaimed Timber Desk Caddy

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Add some sustainable style to your office setup $45.00

The plastic cup stuffed with with pens on our desk is a weak look. Time to step up our desktop organization game, and this Reclaimed Timber Desk Caddy, from sustainable furniture designer Jonathan January, is just the answer. Made from antique reclaimed fir timbers, milled in Oregon in the early 20th century, the Desk Caddy comes coated with a non-toxic finish and fitted with a number of......read more

NYC's First-Ever LEED Platinum Project

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A 3,600-square-foot rooftop garden caps this office space retrofit by Cook+Fox Architects

At the edge of Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood sits a nondescript, seven-floor office building built in the early 20th century. Inside, however, the plainness explodes with a modern office interior that is New York City's first-ever LEED Platinum project. Designed by Cook+Fox Architects in 2007, the office at 641 Avenue of the Americas was inspired by the desire to create a healthy and......read more

HAKA Building: Recycled Office

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As green as it gets: "Living Lab" for clean tech companies unveiled in Holland.

What does a waste-free building look like? Something like this, apparently. Dutch design firm Doepel Strikjers Architects has pulled out all the green stops to create this extraordinary office building in Rotterdam. The HAKA Building is a pre-war factory that the architects have converted into a "Living Lab" for clean tech companies and eco organizations. The architectural vision was driven by......read more

Workplace Gardens

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Office gardens encourage a healthy workforce.

With the economy still sputtering, Corporate America hasn't put the shears away yet. Jobs are still being cut, pay is still getting sliced. Shrinking budgets are making some forward-thinking companies look for other, non-monetary ways to benefit employees. One such response are workplace gardens, which are a perfect fit for companies with large office spaces and plenty of unused land on......read more

The Long Barn Studio, UK

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Green office eye candy by Nicolas Tye Architects.

Designed by Nicolas Tye Architects out of the UK, the Long Barn Studio takes the form of a green glass box with larch-clad ends. The south facade features a series of ‘pods’, also clad in larch, that contain a library, reprographics area, toilets and meeting room. Designed to house a team of up to twelve people, the design features Corten steel detailing and limestone flooring.It also......read more

State of the Union: Obama's Green Report Card

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Environmental leaders weigh in on Obama's first year in office.

A year ago, as President Obama prepared for his inauguration, environmentalists were optimistic. For eight years previous, the most hostile administration to environmental concerns in the nation’s history had flouted science and flogged nature. There was nowhere to go but up. My brilliant (and more succinct) predecessor, Peter Dykstra, pegged a column to the inauguration. He asked five very......read more

Bigfoot Country: The Adventures of Woody and the Blue Ox

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After building his own truck-bed camper in Carpinteria, CA., Trevor Gordon embarks on a surf mission in Cascadia's Bigfoot Country

Last summer, surfer Trevor Gordon took his newly built camper north to British Columbia in search of surf and adventure. Having traded in his 1988 VW Vanagon for a blue four-by-four Jeep Comanche, he set out to build a wooden camper with a sturdy frame to withstand the rough terrain and torrential rains that define the region. “The day I finished, I immediately started the maiden voyage......read more

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