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41 posts from December 2008

December 31, 2008

40 Innovative Green Homes of 2008

itHouse

If you liked our article on 34 Stunning LEED Platinum Projects, you'll probably like this one, too.  As with the other, this is a retrospective on the past year.  We've seen some awesome green homes and are constantly inspired:  So much creativity, innovation, and style!  That said, unless you're living in a cave, you'll probably note that most websites are looking back -- it's a tradition this time of year.  For intance, the Wall Street Journal showcased a list of what they call A Decade's Most Remarkable Homes.  Michelle Kaufmann contributed thoughts to WSJ for their article and then decided to create her very own list of Top 10 Housing Designs from the Past Decade.  We're keeping our list limited to built homes shown on this site in 2008:

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December 30, 2008

BrightBuilt Barn on Track for Platinum

BrightBuilt Barn

When we last brought news of BrightBuilt Barn in September, it was only partially constructed.  Now it's all built and looks quite good.  Its trademark feature is the exterior LED lightskirt, which was designed to change color depending on the home's energy use.  GREEN means the BrightBuilt Barn is generating more energy than it consumes; YELLOW indicates a borderline condition; and RED means the energy usage is higher than required to meet the yearly net energy goal.  And like the lightskirt, everything about this home has been planned with meticulous care to create a livable, sustainable, replicable, flexible, and educational net-zero energy home.

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Facebook Connect Enabled Comments

Facebook

If you read tech blogs, you may have noticed that Facebook Connect is spreading like crazy.  We're happy to announce that the commenting system that we use, Disqus, is now supporting Facebook Connect.  Unfortunately (and as is always the case), this new feature is kind of in beta: there are two glitches.  First, if you already have a Disqus profile and you've linked up Facebook in your Disqus profile, your Facebook Connect comments will be under a different profile.  Second, posting comments on Jetson Green may, in the future, allow you to publish the same in your Facebook profile news feed, but not for the time being.  The Disqus team is working on these features.  If you want to start commenting with Facebook Connect, here's how:

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December 28, 2008

Superinsulation, Good for Builders, Green Enthusiasm, + Factory Makeover

Week in Review

December 26, 2008

34 Stunning LEED Platinum Projects

Swaner EcoCenter

Update - 12/29/08: added one more that's now going for Platinum.

There's so much innovation in the green building space, it's pretty hard to keep up with it all.  I mean, check out these articles below.  In the past year alone, we've discussed at least thirty-four different LEED Platinum projects -- some are done, some are under way, and some are still on the boards.  Wow, what an incredible year in green building news!  Innovation at the highest rung of the USGBC's LEED system continues.  And so you know, we plan to pay more attention to the greenest of green projects over the next year.  Keep us informed if your project is a legit Platinum contender, we're certainly interested:

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December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the crew here at Jetson Green.  Stay safe, chill out, and enjoy family and friends.  We'll be around, but a little slowish due to intermittent access to internet. 

Photo by kevindooley.

December 24, 2008

Unbelievably Slick Green Cabin Kits

CornerHouse

Copeland Casati, founder of Green Modern Kits and Green Cottage Kits, just sent over a link to her newly launched website for Green Cabin Kits.  They have two designs that are customizable: CornerHouse (top 3 renderings) and The Dogtrot Mod (bottom 3 renderings).  They're quite slick, aren't they?  CornerHouse is an expandable design that's versatile enough for urban infill or some rural location in the middle of nowhere.  You choose.  The Dogtrot Mod is also expandable but a little different.  It features an open court in the middle to ventilate and separate the living spaces.  Both kits were designed to accomodate rainwater collection and solar power generation.

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Noble Home Provides Affordable, Green, Versatile House Kits

Noblehome

The founders of Noble Home, based in West Somerville, Massachusetts, saw first-hand the manner with which homes were being constructed in the United States  -- big, cheap, toxic, and out of the price range of many families.  So, they set out to create a new way.  Their home kits are versatile, easy to put together, sustainable, affordable, and healthy.  They offer elements such as greenhouses, root cellars, water collection, solar, wind, and even human-powered energy! 

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December 23, 2008

The $30,000 Recycled Cabin Manifesto

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Starting earlier this month, the NY Times began publishing the blog of Lou Ureneck, chairman of the Journalism Department at Boston University.  The blog was given a name we've seen before, From the Ground Up, and will document Lou's journey building a cabin in some picturesque scenery of western Maine.  Take a gander at what he's written so far and it may conjure up thoughts of Henry David Thoreau's own cabin near Walden Pond.  That's a purposeful analogy, though, because Lou channeled a bit of Henry while pushing the envelope of frugality with this interesting endeavor.  All in, the $30,000 cabin and $32,000 swath of property promises to be quite the retreat. 

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BD+C White Paper Takes a Hard Look at Green Building, Climate Change

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Last month, while everyone was still coming down from presidential election frenzy and ramping up for Greenbuild, Building Design + Construction offered up another distraction: their annual white paper on the State of Green Building.  This is the sixth in an annual series that was initially inspired by the success of Greenbuild 2002.  While reports from the early years included remarks on the chances for the green building movement to keep rolling, the editors get a little more definitive this time around, starting on page four: "...no matter where you stand personally on the social, economic, political, or environmental issues related to climate change, you will soon have no choice but to factor it into your professional work."

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