Thursday, September 17, 2009

Lots and Lots of Water

Monte Sereno, CA resident Jerry Block has upped the ante on residential rainwater collection. The 20k gallon capacity of the tanks, a figure dervied from the area's annual rainfall, are projected to collect enough water to irrigate his acre of crops and, in turn, feed 2 people for the year. More photos and article here.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Story of Particleboard

Slate recently published a good beginner's-guide to buying wood products. From the standpoint of a sustainably-minded kitchen designer, durability is at the top of list. Unfortunately, with durability often comes a higher price, which for many people is out of reach. The compromise, we find, is to find lower-cost and less durable materials that are manufactured more efficiently, from recycled fibers, and without the formaldehyde. Read the full article here.