Articles - July, 2008

Geos, a Sustainable GeoSolar Community

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Geos is a community located in Arvada, Colorado.  With homes starting in the low $200,000, it is an affordable green community seeking status as the first fossil fuel free community in the United States.  The homes combine the benefits of both geothermal and solar energy.  Homes range from 850 to 3500+ square feet and include a variety of living options from live/work townhomes to single level flats. 

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Concourse E Tells a Modern Green Story

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Several months ago we blogged about Concourse E and two projects going up in Atlanta.  Today Concourse E’s owner Jeff Demetriou shot me an email with a link to the new Concourse E Blog.  I was reading back into their blog archives and noticed that 81 Weatherby, a serious modern looker, will have what seems to be the first residential green roof in Georgia.  Impressive!  Concourse E is getting pretty close to finishing both homes that we talked about in the rendering phase, so we’ll keep you posted.  In the meantime, go check out articles and photos at the new blog. 

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ECOBAY Focuses on Sustainability

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One thing we’re seeing for sure is an increasing amount of activity in the masterplanned, sustainable city area.  Last January, schmidt hammer lassen architects won an international competition to design ECOBAY, a new town situated on the Paljassaare peninsula near the Estonian capital of Tallinn.  In collaboration with Buro Happold Consulting Engineers and Møller & Grønborg, ECOBAY has been designed with everything one would need in close proximity: housing, schools, local shops, businesses, and other amenities — all within walking or biking distance.  In addition, the town will utilize geothermal, small-scale wind, and surplus energy from the nearby wastewater facility. 

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More California Codes, Home Trends, Saving Rainwater, + Our Electric Future

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*WIR = Week in Review; a Saturday showcase of excellent links.

Bonus Giveaway: Natural Home Magazine 1 YR Subscription

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This is part of the Jetson Green birthday giveaway, so make sure to leave a comment by midnight Tuesday, July 29, 2008, if you want to be considered for the contest.*

With the Jetson Green birthday givaway wrapping up and winners soon to be announced, I want to announce this bonus giveaway which we’re offering by the generosity of Natural Home Magazine and its editorial team.  As a reader of Natural Home Magazine myself, I’m pretty psyched to be able to giveaway a year’s subscription to this high-quality publication.  Natural Home focuses on sustainable home design and materials, earth-friendly decoration, and natural lifestyles.

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Matching Modern with Energy Efficiency

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I’m in Huntington Beach this weekend taking a little r&r and didn’t realize how much of the housing here is built like the townhomes above: with an urban feel — tightly together with at least 2-3 levels.  These townhouses are located on 19th Street in Santa Monica and called Green on 19.  Three are already sold with the remaining two ready to go.  Green on 19 was designed by Jesse Bornstein to provide modern living while supporting the global community’s need for energy efficiency. 

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