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Massachusetts Urged to Adopt a Net-Zero Building Standard

This 1.4-megawatt solar facility was built over a landfill in Dover, Massachusetts. Should the state adopt a proposed net-zero building code, new houses would have to use renewable energy to meet electrical needs. [Photo credit: Lucas Faria / U.S. Department of Energy] Lawmakers and climate activists in Massachusetts are urging state regulators to add a net-zero provision to statewide building codes. The Massachusetts Climate Action Network, a nonprofit advocacy group, is circulating a letter asking the state’s Board of Building Regulation and Standards to add a net-zero clause to the state’s “stretch” code. Two legislators are pitching the same idea.…

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Object of Desire: Artful (and Affordable) Pre-Distressed Flatware

I’m told that someday I’ll inherit my parents’ wedding silver, with small Qs etched into the handles, which we take out of my grandmother’s Welsh cupboard on special occasions and which shows the wear of so many years of gatherings. Until then, I’m admiring this artfully pre-distressed flatware, to get the look of time-worn silver without having to wait for time to pass. It’s made by Italian company KnIndustrie and available via The Loft; with pieces ranging from €3.30 to €21 for larger pieces, it’s affordable enough for everyday use. Take a look. Above: The Bricklane Cutlery collection is made of stainless…

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Energy Equity: Bringing Solar Power to Low-Income Communities

A 204-kilowatt community solar array being installed on the roof of the Shiloh Temple International Ministries in Minneapolis. [Photo credit: Cooperative Energy Futures] Originally published at Yale Environment 360. Isbel “Izzy” Palans lives in a small cabin nestled among mountain peaks and towering trees in the Colorado Rockies. Her home is often shaded and, during the long winters, buried under heaps of snow. Her monthly utility bills show credits for solar electricity production, but no solar panels are affixed to her roof. Instead, the power comes from a solar array some 60 miles away. Last year, the panels nearly slashed…

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How Green Are Mass Timber Buildings?

A seven-story mass timber building in Minneapolis called T3 opened in 2016. At the time, it was the largest heavy timber building in the U.S. [Image credit: Ema Peter] This post originally appeared at Yale Environment 360. The eight-story Carbon 12 building in Portland, Oregon, is the tallest commercial structure in the United States to be built from something called mass timber. If the many fervent boosters of this new construction material are right, however, it is only one of the first mass timber buildings among many, the beginning of a construction revolution. “The design community in Portland is enthralled…

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A Renovated Farmhouse in Bedford, NY, with Scandinavian Influences

In Bedford, New York, architect Rafe Churchill transforms a small farmhouse, owned by the same family for 30 years, into a modern weekend house with a subtle dash of Scandinaivan style. Over the years, parts of the house had been renovated to accommodate short-term needs, while others had been ignored, so the “interiors showed an evolved history,” Churchill says. He modernized the home by raising ceiling heights and creating an open floor plan, and worked closely with interior designer Kathryn Fagin of KJ Designs in Boston to furnish the home. What began as a traditional farmhouse vibe shifted over time toward “a mix of farmhouse with…

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New Directions: Golem Baukeramik Tiles from Germany

New Directions: Golem Baukeramik Tiles from Germany - RemodelistaIcon - Arrow LeftIcon - Arrow RightIcon - External LinkIcon - MessageIcon - Down ChevronIcon - CloseIcon - Dropdown ArrowIcon - Location PinIcon - Zoom OutIcon - Zoom InIcon - SearchIcon - EmailIcon - FacebookflipboardIcon - InstagramIcon - PinterestIcon - TwitterIcon - Check Mark An icon we use to indicate a rightwards action. An icon we use to indicate a leftwards action. An icon we use to indicate a button link is external. The icon we use to represent an email action. Used to indicate a dropdown. Used to indicate a close…

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