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December 22, 2010

Reclaimed Tiny House Built by Students

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Tiny houses are popping up all over the country.  Students at Green Mountain College built one with reclaimed materials last semester.  They spent $1,927 on materials, acquiring insulation at half price and lumber and windows from the local salvage store.  The 8-foot by 12-foot house still needs a solar-powered electrical system, which will be installed early next year.

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December 15, 2010

Interview with a Passive House Owner

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Rebecca Guymon and Joe Turner are the owners of Breezeway House – the first certified Passive House in Utah and in the western United States.  They're unique because only a handful of these ultra-insulated, airtight, low-energy homes exist in the United States.  So I asked Turner to share his experience building and living in a Passive House and he was kind enough to respond.  This is mandatory reading for anyone interested in owning a Passive House. 

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October 13, 2010

World's First Certified Living Buildings

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Earlier this year, we took a look at four projects racing to meet the requirements of the Living Building Challenge.  Now, the International Living Building Institute has completed third-party certification audits and announced the world's first Living Buildings.  The Omega Center for Sustainable Living (NY) and Tyson Living Learning Center (MO) both earned full certification, while Eco-Sense (BC) earned Petal Recognition for meeting four of six petals. 

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October 08, 2010

Racing Against Time: A Bright Future

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This article is a contribution to Honda’s “Racing Against Time” thought leadership series.*

Recently, I was approached by Honda to tackle the topic of "peak oil" in relation to the normal conversation on Jetson Green.  This site is devoted to green building innovation, and you may be thinking the subject of peak oil -- specifically, the idea that oil is a finite resource -- is a little tangential. 

But it's not.  In fact, oil is used to make all sorts of products and to power residential and commercial buildings.  Honda's invitation has given me an opportunity to brainstorm on the subject and, after some contemplation, I believe there are six ways the building, design, and construction industry can eliminate the use of oil entirely. 

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October 04, 2010

Passive House Retrofit in California

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It's official, construction is complete on the first Passive House project in California and the first Passive House retrofit in the nation.  Designed by Lail Design Group and built by Solar Knights Construction, the O'Neill Passive House is an example how to greenly renovate an older home to superior energy efficiency standards. 

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October 02, 2010

McDonough: Efficiency Will Not Save Us

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William McDonough is one of the greatest minds the environmental movement has to offer.  He's the co-author of Cradle-to-Cradle, Time's Hero for the Planet, and a recipient of the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development.  And, perhaps more importantly, he's extremely influential.  McDonough shares ideas with compelling clarity, and listeners can't help but pass the message along.  I had the opportunity to listen to McDonough's keynote at West Coast Green yesterday and took down the following quotes.

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September 24, 2010

New Free Primer on Design for Reuse

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Public Architecture, the firm behind Scrap House, just published a free primer on the topic of material reuse.  The Design for Reuse Primer, funded by the USGBC, includes 15 case studies of all sorts of projects -- civic, education, residential, office, retail, interpretive, religious -- calculated to show that "material reuse represents one of most creative, exciting, and effective approaches to building green."

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August 21, 2010

Taking the Pulse of Green Consumers

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The Shelton Group recently conducted a survey of green consumers (i.e, those that buy and consider green products) and published its findings in a report called Green Living Pulse 2010.  Aiming to provide a comprehensive analysis of green consumers, Green Living Pulse focuses on who these consumers are, what drives them, and how to identify them.

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August 17, 2010

Natural Green Townhomes on East Coast

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These Baltic Townhomes at Rivers Edge recently hit the market, aiming to provide a unique green living experience for folks in the New England area.  Located in Manchester, New Hampshire, roughly 45 minutes from Boston, the four-unit project is the first American project by developer Super Bebris of Latvia, which uses a proprietary system of timber and steel construction. 

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August 03, 2010

The (Green) Tiny House Movement

The tiny house movement experienced a surge of sorts when a recent video hit front page Yahoo!  But the movement has been growing in popularity over time, especially during the rough and tumble of the last few years.  Tiny houses often include green elements or can be seen as inherently green because they're small and require tiny amounts of water and energy.  PBS picked up on the topic and published this video embedded above. 

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