Once again, it's been another record-breaking month here at Jetson Green and we're excited to welcome all the new readers. Thanks for subscribing! We have a new president and lots of clamoring for the big government money. We've taken the liberty of not reporting much on the economy, though, because we're focusing on green homes, projects, and products like nobody's business. If you have something that we should be talking about, make sure to email or contact us. Also, as you already know, we're trying out some new ad spots and want to thank our new advertisers, 1st Replacement Windows and Charles & Hudson. Here's some of what we've focused on in January:
- Interest in green building continues to climb.
- States and utilities are starting to cut incentives.
- Majority say global warming is not a top priority.
- Future green construction may follow European models.
- Studies show green building is key to economic future.
- Weatherizing Homes: the next big green industry?
- New weapon in climate war is brilliant white roofs.
- Builders learning to meet demand for green.
- Building affordable & green can make builders rich.
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I thought it'd be fun to share some actual photos of the BUILDER LivingHome, since up until now, we've only been showing renderings. The home was designed by KieranTimberlake, built by LivingHomes, and assembled in about three days on the IBS exhibit floor. Can you imagine putting together an entire house in that time? I picture Steve Glenn running around with a megaphone, Ty Pennington style, shouting, "We only have four hours, people!" The modular modern home was designed to meet LEED Platinum certification and includes 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms comprising roughly 2,466 square feet.
I find this off-the-grid cabin in Northern Ontario to be quite interesting. It’s a 1,000 square foot retreat that practically hovers out on the water. Molly’s Cabin is located a few hours north of Toronto in a place called Pointe au Baril. Outfitted out with a bedroom, living room, library nook, kitchen, dining room, and small loft, the L-shaped floor plan intermixes the interior and exterior. Can you imagine how serene it would be to chill and fish and sleep in a place that sits gingerly on the edge of the water like this?
If you've been to a green trade show or exhibit, you may have noticed a few green wall providers. One to keep in mind, just in case you're thinking about incorporating a lush living wall or vertical garden, is TerraScreen. The TerraScreen Interior Greenwall System was designed by Planterra to hold large 6" plants and can be maintained by your average interior landscape contractor. The system requires about 18" of space from the wall and a catch basin, but can be supported with drip irrigation and a tank, too. It's comprised of modular panels made with powder-coated, galvanized steel wire and these panels can be lined up to really liven up a place. Make sure to check these images below … having one of these, I think, is a pretty good way to make a statement about the way you do things.
It looks like Joel Klippert, a true Benjamin Franklin of green products innovation, has developed another great green material. Building on his success with PaperStone and EcoTop, his company now offers EcoClad, a beautiful exterior cladding sure to please architects bent on sustainable design.