BlueSky Mod creates beautifully designed, eco-friendly modular living structures. Using new growth lumber and recycled materials, the company buys locally whenever possible and minimizes waste in its manufacturing processes. The structures are designed for placement in any number of settings, in a variety of configurations. The system includes interchangeable walls, windows, and doors, and a range of outside and inside material finishes. The BlueSky Mod system allows for transportation and assembly in remote locations using no large equipment. Every component can be carried and assembled by two skilled workers.
The environmental mandate of DIRTT (Doing It Right This Time) is based on the behavior of its products: movable walls, low-profile access floors, modifiable furniture, and modular power all built on the principles of reduce and reuse. DIRTT’s easily adjustable and interconnecting components allow end users to reconfigure and reuse their architectural elements, technology, and furniture for several years, at which point the products are designed to be dismantled and recycled. Wall tiles come in several materials: veneer, low-pressure laminate, back-painted glass, thermal-foil, and fabric, and their skins can be changed by adding whiteboards, projection screens, or wood.
Kenaf is a highly durable, moisture-resistant translucent roofing material that can be fully recycled into paper products at the end of its life cycle. The fabric is made of Kenaf, a type of annual hibiscus herb that absorbs more carbon dioxide and grows more rapidly than regular plants and trees.
Marston & Langinger
Marston & Langinger, a designer and producer of conservatories, garden rooms, and other glass buildings, has helped to create the first ³green² forests in West Africa, and attain certification from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Company founder and design director Peter Marston personally lobbied the Republic of Congo government to ensure reforestation and helped to gain FSC certification for hardwood suppliers in the region. Prior to FSC intervention in the region, hardwood from West Africa had been illegally or irresponsibly logged.
The company typically harvests about one million dollars of Sapele hardwood from the world's second largest rainforest, the Kabo forest in the Republic of Congo. The trees will be carefully felled with a minimum of damage to the surrounding woodland, and new trees of the same species will be planted to replace them. The company also imports certified American Tulipwood when durability is not a priority.
In addition to their FSC-certification requirement, Marston & Langinger has other environmentally-friendly policies in place. These include using sawdust and shavings from the manufacturing process to heat the company factory; developing water-based, non-toxic paints that comply with VOC levels for 2007 and 2010; using high-performance insulated glass; issuing salesmen only hybrid cars for business use; and adhering to a strict, company-wide recycling policy.
The Solmetric SunEye is a hand-held electronic device that measures solar shading and calculates solar access for solar installers and green builders. Its digital camera captures images of a site; users can then edit images by simulating removal of obstructions such as trees or structures.