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Trend Alert: 3 New Direct-to-Consumer Companies Shaking Up the Paint Industry

If you’ve ever painted anything, you know what an ordeal just buying the paint can be. First: you walk into the hardware store and are confronted with a towering wall of hundreds of paint swatches. Then, you’ll need to spend some time in front of the wall, sorting through handfuls of paint chips and trying to picture what they’d look like in your space, despite the harsh fluorescent lighting above you. Finally, after at least one back and forth to the hardware store with your pockets full of paint chips, you tape the swatches up at home, consider them, and have to…


Getting Schooled on Passive House

Phil Kaplan and I have not been active podcasters for a while. (The last couple of years, life had other plans for us.) But we’re back and committed to a new season of the Green Architects’ Lounge for 2019! We’ll be issuing about one episode a month this year. It all started back in November when we were asked if we’d host a cocktail hour and record a live episode the evening before the PassivhausMAINE Fall Forum. We had a blast and talked about a subject dear to both of our firms, Passive House Schools. Phil’s firm, Kaplan Thompson Architects,…


Daring Color Ideas to Steal from the Finn Juhl House in Copenhagen

We’re always looking to learn designs lessons from the past. Case in point: the house of Danish architect and designer Finn Juhl. Our friends Juli Daoust and John Baker of Toronto-based store Mjölk recently toured the house during a trip to Copenhagen. “One thing that really struck us was that each room in the house had a ceiling painted in a different color,” John says. “Finn Juhl thought of color as an emotional trigger, just like a painter would. These emotional color triggers can be found throughout the home, some are very subliminal (the red wall in the living room,…


Energy Efficiency Delivers Green Dividends in Red and Blue States

Energy efficiency programs, such as the installation of smart meters, is much cheaper than building new energy plants and can win support on both ends of the political spectrum. Image credit: Lloyd DeGrane / Midwest Energy News The Green New Deal, a bundle of proposed policies that would combat climate change, create green jobs, and address economic inequities, is eliciting the usual partisan debate over what to do about global warming. But one humble and noncontroversial way to reduce carbon pollution has been gathering steam in red and blue states alike: energy efficiency. Policies like those that encourage the retrofitting…


Echelon Helps Police Station Open Ahead of Schedule

Echelon Helps Police Station Open Ahead of Schedule | 2019-03-05 | Walls & Ceilings This website requires certain cookies to work and uses other cookies to help you have the best experience. By visiting this website, certain cookies have already been set, which you may delete and block. By closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to the use of cookies. Visit our updated privacy and cookie policy to learn more. This Website Uses CookiesBy closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to our cookie policy. Learn More This website requires certain…


Dow’s Solar Shingle Technology Finds a New Home

An updated version of Dow's Powerhouse solar shingle is now available from RGS Energy. It was named the best energy efficient product at this year's International Builders' Show. Image Credit: Dow Three years after Dow Chemical dropped out of the solar shingle business, a reinvented version of its Powerhouse shingle is back on the market under a new license holder. RGS Energy, a company that started selling solar panels in Mendocino County, California, in the 1970s as the Real Goods Solar Company, now holds the license to produce the shingles. The low-profile shingles — called building-integrated PV, or BIPV— are…

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