You’ve probably already seen miniHome – a small, mobile, eco-friendly prefab built with clean lines and modern elements – which has been featured all over the news and television. Sustain Design Studio, a Toronto firm behind the home, just launched a redesigned miniHome to be built in the company’s newly established factory in Bracebridge, Ontario. The new miniHome is lighter, better, and more affordable.
I’m happy to say we’ve been nominated as Best Green Blogger in the 2011 JDR Industry Blogger Awards. It’s nice to be in the same company with some stiff competition such as the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce. I notice there’s a cash prize for the winner, and if we get that far, the funds will probably go straight to computers, cameras, or event travel. Voting will remain open through April 15, 2011. If you like what we do, feel free to vote for Jetson Green in the “green” category today.
Velux makes some great products for drawing natural light indoors. The company recently introduced a new, low-profile, flat-glass Sun Tunnel skylight at IBS 2011, and it will be available later this year. Already in use in Europe, the new skylight trades the bulbous, dome-style, roof model for a sleek, more modern, less noticeable look.
If you’re looking for a back-of-the-envelope assessment of where your project fits in the LEED for Homes green building program, the USGBC just launched a new web-based tool for you. It’s called the LEED for Homes Scoring Tool, and it includes both a Quick Score (pictured) and a detailed Credit-By-Credit result with specific credit guidance.
I recently mentioned the construction of Greenfab‘s model home in Seattle, and that home is now complete. I think you’ll agree, it’s just as warm and handsome as the renderings. The six-module abode — on target for LEED Platinum and Built Green 5-Star certification — has 1,790 square feet with three bedrooms, two and three-quarters bathrooms, a separate mother-in-law space, a planted rooftop deck, and an urban chicken coop.
If you follow the tiny house movement, you may have heard about Blake’s Tiny House. The project is led by a team of four – Blake Dinkins, Lance Cayko, Alex Gore, and Sarah Schulz – who met at North Dakota University while pursuing master of architecture degrees. Their goal is to document the construction of the 128-square foot home from beginning to end.