Sustainable Design Category

Monday 02 April, 2012

Zombie Proof Houses?

Zombie Proof House? Is this worth more than net zero energy? Seriously?! I was just on the phone with my mortgage company. Rudy, the outstanding customer service rep, told me about people calling for appraisals on Zombie Proof Homes.


Thursday 09 February, 2012

World’s Coolest New Refrigerator: EcoFridge Saves 40%

Students at UC Berkeley and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México collaborated in a design competition sponsored by AutoDesk to create an affordable, consumer-ready ultra-efficient refrigerator.


Tuesday 07 February, 2012

Electric Cars Shake Up “Greenest” List

The “Greenest” list saw a considerable shake-up this year, with the Mitsubishi i-MIEV battery electric vehicle claiming the top spot from the Honda Civic Natural Gas, which has held on to first place for eight years in a row. Making its model year 2012 debut on the American market, the i-MIEV earns a score of […]


Thursday 12 January, 2012

via Jetson Green; posted by Matt Grocoff Switch Lighting, creator of the only LED that uses liquid cooling technology, is on the cusp of a breakout year in 2012. The Switch bulb creates the same warm color of an incandescent, yet it’s made with reclaimable or recyclable materials using the Cradle to Cradle methodology. Inside the […]


Tuesday 03 January, 2012

Google Android Apps May Soon Control Your LED Lights

via Jetson Green; posted by Matt Grocoff In the very near future, expect to be able to control devices, appliances, and lights in your home with the help of Google. That’s the information coming out of Google’s developer conference, Google I/O, where Android@Home was first announced. With the right app, an Android-powered smart device, and […]


Saturday 24 December, 2011

Obituary: Plastic coffee cup lid dies at age 44

by Matthew Grocoff, Esq. LEED Green Associate Compleat coffee cup with sip lid Designer Zeke Shore traces the first tearable vented plastic lid for coffee back to 1967 patent filed by Alan Frank of Philadelphia. Through the decades companies like Solo continually improved the design and the plastic lid became as much a part of […]


Tuesday 13 December, 2011

Thermal Cells – Electricity From Heat

Gear heads at the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab have created better thermionic power cells by increasing the area of material exposed to heat.  Unlike photovoltaic cells that convert light to electricity, thermoinoc cells convert heat (or more accurately a temperature difference) to electricity.  The theoretical advantage “thermo cells have is that heat doesn’t travel in […]


Tuesday 22 November, 2011

Another incandescent bulb killer . . . LED filament look-alike

by Matthew Grocoff, Esq. LEED One exciting new entrant into the LED market is the Panasonic “Filament” LED.  It’s designed to look like a traditional filament light bulb but uses only a tiny, tiny fraction of the energy.  It won the 2011 Good Design Gold Award at this year’s Good Design Award show hosted by the […]


Thursday 10 November, 2011

The 100th Object

The 100th Object – British Museum It took curators four years put together the British Museum’s blockbuster exhibit “A History of the World in 100 Objects,” an attempt to tell the history of the world through objects pulled from the Museum’s huge collections.  The result:  a four hour BBC Radio show + book of the […]


Friday 04 November, 2011

First LEDs now Electron Stimulated Luminescence? At only $14.98.

by Matthew Grocoff, Esq. LEED Green Associate In December 2011, Lowes will begin carrying a new Electron Stimulated Luminescence (ESL) R30 light bulb by Vu1 Corporation. The flood light is expected to retail for $14.98.