Articles - April, 2011

Ellis Residence Has a Lush Green Roof

Seattle has its fair share of LEED Platinum homes, but this is the first LEED Platinum single-family home in the state of Washington outside of Seattle.  The Bainbridge Island home, blending style and sustainability, was designed by Coates Design Architects for owners Ed and JoAnne Ellis, who wanted an exemplary, modern, green home.

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Vibrant Recycled Tiles from California

San Jose-based Fireclay Tile, manufacturer of a recycled-content line of ceramic tiles called Express, has another line called the Debris Series.  This line includes several patterns with up to 112 colors, and the company just released six new field pattern tiles (shown above) that can be made to order in under four weeks.

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Vote Jetson Green for JDR Industry Award

As you may know, this site’s been nominated for a 2011 JDR Industry Blogger Award in the “green” category.  This is the last week of voting — it’s been a tight race so far — and I’d like to invite you to vote for Jetson Green.  If we win, the funds will go towards providing better content through things like contributor pay, equipment, web resource development, and event travel.  The competition closes April 15, 2011, so vote for Jetson Green in the Best Blogger: Green category today.

Shapely Natural Wood Floors by Bolefloor

A Dutch company, Bolefloor, has developed a new method of producing floors from pieces of wood stock that allow for the natural shape of wood to be used. The company uses wood scanners, computer-aided technology, and optimization algorithms to maximize wood cuts to create a unique floor with curving joints between boards for a floor like none other on the market.

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Grape Solar PV Systems Sell on Amazon

Oregon-based Grape Solar is now selling grid-tie capable, kilowatt-scale solar photovoltaic systems online via Amazon.  These systems ship in various bundles which include a racking system, an inverter, and several 230-watt panels, depending on the size of the system.

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Greenest Prefabs, Thermostat Savings, Pocket Neighborhoods, + CFL Pollution

This site has been nominated for a JDR Industry Blogger Award; vote for Jetson Green in the “green” category this week.

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