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October 13, 2010

DIY Network Looking for New Projects

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Just a heads up to homeowners, builders, and contractors. I received word from Atlas Media that they’re casting for a new show on the DIY Network called “Ultimate Home Builders.” Ultimate Home Builders will document the new home building process with a different home each episode and your project could be included in this new series.

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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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September 22, 2010

Three New Green Design Magazines

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You don't have to read Nieman Journalism Lab to know the publishing world is in shambles.  Particularly in the shelter magazine category, where available titles shrink from one month to the next, there hasn't been much going on.  But in the past few months, I've noticed some new activity -- perhaps this is an inflection point.  In any event, if you're looking for fresh green design inspiration, here are three new titles to keep in mind. 

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September 21, 2010

How to Weatherize Your Home for Fall

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A guest post by Anne Maertens from EnergySavvy.com

Have you started closing your windows at night? That’s a good sign that it’s time to start getting your home ready for fall. An important part of your fall preparations should be weatherizing your home so you can enjoy a comfortable abode without having to sign over your paychecks to your natural gas, propane or oil providers.

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September 18, 2010

Small, Green, Affordable in The Big Easy

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The USGBC recently held a competition for the design of an affordable, single-family house with between 720 and 880 square feet that meets the requirements of LEED Platinum certification.  Local chapters chose 49 designs and a national jury picked two professional finalists and two student finalists.  These four designs will be built in the Broadmoor neighborhood of New Orleans by enviRenew.

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September 10, 2010

Register for Opportunity Green 2010!

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As a community committed to thought leadership and the pursuit of it, I want to take a short moment to mention Opportunity Green 2010, the world's leading cross-industry, sustainable business conference.  Ranked as the #1 Green Conference by Google, Opportunity Green is at the nexus of the connections and collaborations that are vital to propelling new business models in a green economy.

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September 06, 2010

Register for West Coast Green 2010!

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For the fourth year, Jetson Green has teamed up with West Coast Green as a media partner.  We're excited to invite you to West Coast Green 2010 – the world’s leading event on green innovation for the built environment.  As a friend of Jetson Green, you are invited to attend this conference with a special access pass here or click the image above.

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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 12, 2010

Square Footage Bashing [Best Comment]

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Critics gave me a hard time for discussing a 2,988 square-foot home in Florida.  One loyal commenter, bruteforcecollaborative, responded:

"Panning a project on square footage alone is asinine. you don't know the client's programming needs - maybe the house is designed for the grandparents to move in. maybe one of their children is disabled and requires dedicated space. maybe the house is also a home office, thereby foregoing additional office space in another location ... size alone isn't a function of how green or ungreen something is."

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