Articles - January, 2011

Platinum Gut Rehab Hits the Market

Recently I had the opportunity to speak with Thomas McGrath, owner of this gut-rehab in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.  Before talking, I figured the home was like many others seeking LEED Platinum certification.  It has energy-efficient appliances, modern finishes, and on-site green power.  But there’s really a lot more to it.  This is a fascinating case study of salvage and reuse.

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Interview with EcoHome Magazine

EcoHome, a magazine for green products and technology, just published an article describing six trends that will shape green homes this year.  I talked with Jennifer Goodman, and she was kind enough to mention Jetson Green in the article.  Visit EcoHome for some excellent discussion of Passive Houses, tiny homes, home audits, energy monitoring, net-zero water, and getting more out of design decisions.

New ESLs Target CFL and LED Market

Keep an eye out for the next acronym in energy-efficient lighting: ESL, or Electron Stimulated Luminescence.  ESLs use “accelerated electrons to stimulate phosphor to create light, making the surface of the bulb ‘glow,’” according to Vu1 Corporation, a maker of ESLs.  The technology is being touted for producing light that’s similar to an incandescent bulb but about 70% more energy-efficient.

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BRIO54 Finishes Efficient Home Prototype

About a year ago we mentioned the construction of the H4 prototype home by BRIO54.  The development firm describes the modern residence as a work of art — bright, spacious, natural, and functional — that you get the opportunity to live in.  Indeed, it’s a fascinating home with a bold exterior of black and white stripes, state-of-the-art green finishes, and a minimalist yet cozy form of interior design.

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Botanist Unveils New All Wood Bench

This is the new Natural Series bench from the popular eco-friendly furniture line called Botantist.  Designed by Dario Antonioni, the all-wood bench – similar in appearance to the skinny aluminum version – is available in natural walnut or rift oak finishes composed of layered wood and real wood veneer.  Antonioni says the wood is sustainably harvested and the bench is made to order in the USA.  Measuring 60″x18″x18″ and weighing 55 pounds, Botanist Natural Series retails for $799.

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Green Concept Home Built in Bellevue

A little over a year ago, I wrote about this Green Concept Home in Bellevue, Washington.  The modern residence was finished under budget and according to schedule, and the owners are now working on obtaining LEED for Homes and Built Green certification.  Modus V Studio Architects designed and built Green Concept Home with a number of noteworthy green elements.

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