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4 wheels. “It’s probably the purest form I make,” Gregg said with a hint of pride. It’s also a very physical piece to make. Bending rims requires a lot of force, and sometimes they break. While leery to divulge too many “trade secrets,” Gregg laughingly admits that his technique is to “just bend them with my bare hands.” Gregg can’t remember ever not riding a bike. By the time he was 14, he was already working in a bike shop fixing bikes. He rides year-round in Marquette and owns at least a dozen bikes at any given time, although he has been known to pilfer them for parts. His Schwinn Cruiser, for example, lost its original steel rims to a barstool.

Gregg loves the older Chicago Schwinns for their vintage aesthetics. “They don’t make ‘em like that anymore,” he said. The Schwinn Varsity is his ideal bike to make into furniture. And he has a self-proclaimed tire fetish. “I have spent much time obsessing over tiresin my day, especially off-roading racing tires, and tubular road any

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Recently, Gregg’s had his eye on carbon fiber. Like most of us, he’s always been attracted to high-end bikes, but even more so after his job at the Tour of California last spring. Race sponsor Amgen used his chairs, tables and coat racks in one of its VIP tents. Gregg was hired to do the furniture setup. He’s been invited back for this year’s race and hopes to have his first carbon fiber piece created shortly thereafter. newspincont.indd 1

cyclocross tires.” His Milano and Vector chairs (among others) use tires on the rims that serve as arm rests. He encourages his customers to install their favourite tires to personalize the chair. He will also accept a customer’s own bike or parts for incorporation into his or her piece of furniture out of beloved, retired, or crashed bikes,” Gregg said.

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Green architect Lance O’Donnell, his wife Regina Basterrechea, and son Jonathan have lived in their green LEED Home for nearly one year.  The O’Donnell home, located in the Chino Canyon area of Palm Springs, is the only Platinum LEED Certified house in the entire Coachella Valley.  Currently only a hand full of homes have been certified at this level throughout the US.  But beyond the designation, what is it like to really live in a custom designed, green and eco-friendly home?  Surprisingly, what seems to be the most rewarding to the O’Donnells are the ineffable qualities of living in a home that allows them to celebrate the desert that they love, spend comfortable time with each other and friends, and ultimately serve to uplift their souls. The process of building a home like the O’Donnell house was just that—a process.  A lifetime of ideas went into the design elements and then over a year into the actual building itself.  More importantly, the home was not designed to be a LEED Platinum home.  Instead, it was created to capture the best of the location and leed.indd 2

suit t h e desires of the family in a sustainable and ecofriendly lifestyle.  From the very beginning, the design approached a Gold rating, but once they realized that with a few upgraded modifications they could achieve Platinum, they made choices to move in that direction. What are the primary elements in the home?  Probably the most dramatic feature is that the home has three times more glass than a traditional design. The glass enhances the 4/14/10 1:10:49 PM


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light and view from every direction making it, according to Lance O’Donnell, “the house is like Stonehenge, marking the passing of time and season.   It’s sits on the Earth in a way that’s much greater than a house.  It’s really about the sun and our specific place on the planet.”  Still, all the glass and the views are strategically placed so that the house utilizes the best of the sun in a passive-solar design.  Lance goes on to say, “It’s a comfortable place to live in from a tactical level where the floors are always warm, the views are always spectacular, (and the) overhangs cut down the glare.  A passive-solar home heats when you need it, but none of that heat when you don’t.” More features that added points to the LEED rating include the concrete floors and counters with fly ash, earth sheltering features, bamboo ceiling, special water reduction plumbing features, water recapture elements and no VOC (volatile organic compounds) in cabinets and paints.  According to Regina, the home operates 50% better in energy efficiency than other Title 24 (current building codes in CA) houses.  Lance said, “LEED was an afterthought.  We just started putting in sensible things, more efficient things, and we picked up additional points just by being smart about what we bought.” The best test of the house’s efficiency comes from the utility bills.  According to the O’Donnells, the temperature never went below 65 degrees during this past winter and they never once used the furnace.  Due to the sun’s stored radiant energy the house feels 3-5 degrees warmer in the winter than the thermostat indicates.  When asked about summertime efficiency, Regina said, “our energy bills during the summer were about $8 at the most—so we are on track to be a net-zero energy building.  And we don’t use much gas either because we have a tankless hot water heater.”  leedcontd.indd 1

Lance likes to use the word “grid neutral” because it more closely refers to the direct offsetting of electrical energy usage.  Much of their utilities in their 2,300 square foot home are offset by the 750 square feet of solar panels on their roof, which generates a little over 5kW.   Their original calculations were that those panels would cover 90% of their energy needs but they actually generated more like 115% during the last year.   The O’Donnells have also recently signed up 4/14/10 1:11:20 PM


with S C E to take advantage of the new California AB 510 that allows homeowners to sell back any surplus energy that their system generates, or at the very least roll that over into future usage.  This is a new program so the details haven’t all been worked out including how much SCE will pay for the surplus, but it is positive progress for solar energy and the people who invest in the technology.

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But what the O’Donnells seem most excited about is what it means to live in a home that was both custom and site designed.  As Lance says, “my favorite thing about the house is that I now like to be home.  Before, there was nothing about the old home that made my life better…that uplifted my soul.   This home does that.  I can just be there and enjoy the passage of time and subtle changes in light quality.  It’s just doing all the things that grounds me in why I live here (in the Coachella Valley)… the views of the mountain, nature right outside the window—the things that most people have to go on a hike to get—its right there.”

  On a practical level, Regina loves the neighborhood so that “we can ride our bikes down to coffee and we don’t have to cross a bunch of cars and traffic.”  Her favorite feature in the house is the central kitchen which is described as “the cockpit” of the home where she can see everywhere in and out of the house and feel a part of it.  She also appreciated the privacy and security that the site and home design offers.  The only disadvantage appears to be that with concrete floors a person cannot be content to merely run a vacuum and be done with cleaning.  Also, having a home that a person is very proud of requires a bit more attention to keeping countertops and cabinets in pristine condition.  According to his parents, their son Jonathan likes the different levels in the home and the swimming pool.  He also likes it that his father is spending lots more time there with them both.

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” Lance finds that more than anything, people don’t want to give up any space in homes today.  He suggests that people really ask themselves, “What do you really need spatially?”             Repeatedly the O’Donnells expressed the joy they get from living in their green home.  They are extremely proud of their creation and as Regina says, “we appreciate that people want to see it and love sharing it.   Not surprisingly, the sustainable features are so much a part of the design that it is nearly impossible to think of them as indistinguishable from the people who live there and call it home.  Maybe that feature is what makes it a true platinum home.

It’s like a laboratory.

Lance is using what he has learned and observed in his home and putting it to work at his business.  He says, “It’s like a laboratory.  We didn’t know it would perform so well. And it’s also a great learning tool—we’ve learned a lot about how to live more ecologically.“  o2 is presently involved in a number of residential remodels and he finds that lots of people are making choices to be energy efficient.    His advice to all homeowners today is to look for the low-hanging fruit of energy efficiency.  Regina adds, “try to spend some time making the envelope more efficient.“  About the only thing that the O’Donnells say they might do differently would be to make the home smaller because they aren’t using one of the rooms.  Still,

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Infinite Interior Design There is a growing demand among consumers for earth-friendly products.  Ranging from organic foods to recycled materials to use of sustainable materials, people are trying more than ever to green their lives and their living spaces.  Natural decorating is a growing trend among interior designers with a focus on using products that will leave a smaller impact on Mother Earth.

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Bamboo is the material of choice for many designers due to its durability and versatility.  The Bamboo plant will re-grow to its mature height of fifty feet or taller within five years while it takes hardwood trees close to 30 years to do the same.  And the bamboo plant is so adaptable that it can be soaked to be made pliable, built into sturdy bookcases or woven into rugs.

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Bamboo Rugs – Bamboo rugs come in two options: bamboo wood or bamboo fabric. The bamboo wood rugs add an element of texture to your flooring and complement your room whether you have carpet, tile or wooden flooring.  Bamboo fabric rugs are made using bamboo yarns.  As soft and luxurious as bamboo clothing, the rugs are a treat for your feet.  The best thing about both styles?  They are attractive and durable enough to take the beating your floors sustain. 

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Bamboo Wallpaper – Create a calming environment in your home and add texture to your walls with bamboo wallpaper.  It’s as easy to install as regular wallpaper.  Even better than that, it’s easier to take down than regular wallpaper should you wish to switch things up.  Too much bamboo on the walls?  Try a bamboo wall covering instead to add a distinctive piece to your walls.

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16 Add a dramatic effect to your kitchen remodel by installing this beautiful and strong sunken sink.  Tough enough to keep up with a busy kitchen, this sink can also serve as a centerpiece for your kitchen.  And the bamboo doesn’t stop there!  There are multitudes of ways that bamboo can serve you for your kitchen remodeling.

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Beyond the coffee tables and couch frames, bamboo can be crafted into everything from stools to bookcases. There are many unique shades to the bamboo wood, giving designers plenty of options to choose from.  And because the plant is sturdy yet flexible, it can be made into a variety of designs.

Room Divider

Room dividers are multifunctional and aesthetically pleasing for your decorating needs.  They can be used to section off  a room so it can serve double duty or to create more intimate spaces within a room.  A living room/dining room area can be created from an open space or a private meditation area can be created.  Use it as a decoration and not a partition.  Corners can be softened by placing the screen cattycorner in it or the bamboo divider can lay flat against the wall for dramatic effect. 

With the many options for bamboo interior design products, there is no need for one to sacrifice beauty and quality while shopping for environmentall y

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friendly products. Visit Green Earth Bamboo and stock up on incredibly soft bamboo sheet sets for your home, or treat yourself to a stylish and absorbent bamboo robe.  If your decorating involves creating a nursery for your new bundle of joy, be sure to complete the look with organic crib sheets!

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INDIGOGreen is the regions’ largest green building supplier and showroom as well as the communities’ sustainable living resource. Founded in the summer of 2007, INDIGOGreen was much more than a desire to bring sustainable building products to North Central Florida, it was a commitment to our planet, our community, our families, and ourselves to live smarter. To make that commitment a reality, INDIGOGreen’s doors were swung wide open to Gainesville and the surrounding swampland to help make a positive environmental change as a business and to consider in ethical terms, what we purchase, how we build our homes, and what we put inside them. The process was complex, but the idea was simple: create a place that our community can go to learn about topics of sustainability while at the same time making time-tested, green products available that are healthier for us and our planet. Responsibly providing communities with state of the art sustainable solutions. Impacting our world through an innovative multifaceted business that places people and planet alongside growth and prosperity. you can be assured the companies that have created these sustainable items are themselves practicing an ethic of sustainability. We look to see that the product was produced with recycled content, can be recycled, has eliminated unnecessary chemicals, is generally considered sustainable and that the company has proven their concern for the environment, their workers and their local culture through their own business practices and general philosophies. Insulation, roofing materials, lumber for fencing and decking, siding, cabinetry, countertops, finishings, floorings, sinks and tile.

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C a r p e t i n g : The Green Label Plus program, directed by the Carpet and Rug Institute, certifies environmentally friendly carpeting products and recently received a 2004 certificate of recognition from the California Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award program. The award program is a collaborative effort by the carpet industry and partners of California state and local government agencies. L i n o l e u m : Natural linoleum is widely promoted and specified in the green building community, Alex says. Natural linoleum is made primarily from linseed oil, pine resin, sawdust, cork dust, limestone and jute. It is an all-natural alternative to resilient flooring, including sheet vinyl and vinyl composition tile, which are made from polyvinyl chloride. It can get confusing, however, since the word linoleum is still used by some people to refer to vinyl flooring. Wo o d : Sustainable forest management makes it possible to harvest woods such as fast-growing eucalyptus and other varieties without any serious impact on the environment, because trees are a renewable resource that can be replaced time and time again, according to Ed Korczak, executive director of NWFA (www.woodfloors.org). C o r k : Cork flooring has become very popular with environmentalists and designers alike. Cork can be harvested every nine years from the same tree—a much faster rate of renewal than waiting for a seedling to grow large enough to replace another. It’s tough, too. C o n c r e t e : Yet another option for green flooring is to make the concrete slab the finished floor by using various types of decorative concrete techniques. Besides a concrete floor’s obvious attributes of stability and durability, it can contribute to a home’s energy efficiency as part of a passive solar system: It absorbs heat during the day and releases it as temperatures drop at night. Remodelers even can offer several green flooring surfaces in the same home. A smooth surface, such as wood or concrete, could be used in active living areas and possibly partially covered with area rugs. Natural linoleum could be used in the kitchen, while carpeting is ideal for bedrooms, where it deadens sound and provides a soft, warm surface for bare feet.

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first idea that comes to your mind, but instead, keep thinking until you come up with something that is revolutionary. John wears a “LIVEWRONG� bracelet to remind himself to think beyond the first solutions that come to him. Do it differently. One of the great examples of a systematic change has been with respect to printing. Designers can now specify recycled or bamboo paper, soy inks, and water-based coatings, and use only printers certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. You can even use EcoFont,, which uses 20% less ink and toner to reduce the impact of your printed piece. These all reduce the symptoms of

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printing’s effect on the environment. But how about if you don’t print your client’s piece at all? Instead, you can post a PDF file with the same information, send an email instead of a postcard, create a banner ad instead of a print ad, or put the information in a blog post. These options represent an entirely new system of “dematerializing” these pieces of information so they have virtually no impact on our envir o n ment. They’re a cure for all the ills of printing, such as the negative impact on forests, water usage, and the waste products of printing. We create much of the carbon in the air by traveling around. Great ways to reduce t h e amount of carbon your activities create include using a more efficient or hybrid car, carpooling, riding your bike, walking, or buying carbon offsets for travel. But, how about no traveling in the first place? Technology now makes it possible to work from home, attend a webinar or webcast instead of attending an event in person, and hold video contheonlycontd.indd 1

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and hold video conferences instead of traveling to a meeting. To encourage your clients not to require inperson presentations, you can even add a line item to your invoices for carbon offsets they’ll have to purchase to offset everyone’s travel to the meeting. It may just make them think before scheduling another meeting. Speed it up. Great design can help people find the information they need more quickly. Consider the signage at a drive-through window at a fastfood place. If the sign is well-designed, someone can find what they want quickly and spend less time idling in line while they look for what they want and get out of their pollution-producing car more quickly. But, what if they didn’t have to sit in line in the first place? What if the restaurant had a website where you could order before leaving home and just sail to a pre-order window to pick up your meal? Designers should be looking for opportunities to help their clients improve in ways they might never have considered.

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Magtenlight

The Magtenlight Company is a Hong Kong based company dedicated to the design and manufacturing of innovative battery free bicycle lights securing maximum safety to the cyclist.

A worldwide patented revolutionary bicycle lighting system: , no contact friction. Transfer your pedal power to the generator unit by magnetic transfer, for maximum efficiency.

Unlike other battery free bike light systems available in the market, the Magtenlight Company provides lights for you to see the road and to be seen by others. The Magtenlight Company provides a revolutionary system which powers a 15 Lux superlight white LED on the front and a double RED led on the rear, with only one frictionless power generation system, constantly on, for you to see the road and to be seen by others. A constant light is best for the approaching motorists to estimate how far and how fast the bicycle is going. The system keeps illuminating the 2 LED back light for up to 4 minutes when the bike is not moving, attracting attention even at standstill. The Magtenlight is always on. Daytime and nighttime. No switching on is needed. The lights will turn on automatically even when you only walk your bicycle.

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For many consumers one of the greatest advantages of cork flooring is that it is environmentally friendly product. This is a growing trend in todays market and there are many consumers not wanting to leave a negative impact on our planet. Cork is considered a renewable and sustainable resource as only 50% of the cork bark is removed. This allows the cork oak to thrive and regenerate while never being cut down. Another one of the main advantages of cork flooring is its incredible durability. Cork floorings popularity began in the 20th century and was used in public buildings such as universities, government buildings and churches. Since 1890 the First Congregational Church in Chicago has had their cork floor which shows incredible durability. For many people that enjoy the tranquility of their home one of the best advantages of cork flooring is the noise reduction ability. The air trapped inside the cellular structure of cork also reduces noise and vibration. Cork floors are quiet and reduce impact noises like someone dropping a pot on the floor or the sound of children running through the house. Health and safety is another one of the key advantages of cork flooring to many consumers. Cork contains a naturally occurring substance called suberin that repels insects, mites and mold. This makes cork floors a great product for people with allergies as it is hypoallergenic. The suberin in cork also makes it naturally fire resistant and also protects it from rotting when wet. Low maintenance is one of the best advantages of cork flooring to many people with hectic lifestyles. They love that only periodic vacuuming and damp mopping is required to maintain cork floors. The environmentally friendliness of cork and the advantages of cork flooring make it easy to understand why it has become such a popular product.

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The Green Screen

Apple today updated the MacBook Pro line with faster processors, powerful next-generation NVIDIA graphics and even longer battery life. The popular 13-inch MacBook Pro features the new NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor for up to 80 percent faster graphics and a groundbreaking 10-hour built-in battery. The MacBook Pro glass Multi-Touch(TM) trackpad now supports inertial scrolling, an intuitive way to scroll through large photo libraries, lengthy documents and long web sites. All MacBook Pros feature bright, LED-backlit wide-angle displays with a broad color gamut. The 17-inch MacBook Pro includes a high resolution 1920 x 1200 display, and the 15-inch MacBook Pro is now available with an optional high resolution 1680 x 1050 display. As the industry’s greenest notebook lineup, every Mac notebook achieves EPEAT Gold status and meets Energy Star 5.0 requirements, setting a new standard for environmentally friendly notebook design. Each unibody enclosure is made of highly recyclable aluminum and comes standard with energy efficient LED-backlit displays that are mercury-free and made with arsenic-free glass. Mac notebooks contain no brominated flame retardants, are PVC-free and are constructed of recyclable materials. Apple uses advanced chemistry, intelligent monitoring of the system and battery, and Adaptive Charging technology to create a notebook battery that delivers up to 10 hours of wireless productivity on a single charge and up to 1,000 recharges. The built-in battery design results in less waste and depleted batteries can be replaced for $129 or $179, which includes installation and disposal of your old battery in an environmentally responsible manner.

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