Articles - August, 2011

August Month in Review [Outline]

This month brought the unfortunate passing of environmental hero Ray Anderson, though I’m glad to have been inspired by his books and endeavors.  In terms of our new articles, the most shared one on Facebook was about the Solar Decathlon models, while the most shared one on Twitter was about how solar improves property values.  If you have news for JetsonGreen.com, send us a tip.  Below is an outline of August coverage.

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A Tech Approach to Green Prefab [Forbes]

If you follow the prefab movement or have an interest in these homes, I recommend reading Todd Woody’s recent profile of Blu Homes in Forbes.  Blu, which is planning a second factory north of San Francisco, uses software, engineering, design, and technology to make sustainable homes attainable to more people.  They’re a “technology company that builds homes,” according to co-founder Maura McCarthy.

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EnergyHub Unveils Home Base System

EnergyHub just announced the launch of an energy management system for consumers interested in monitoring, controlling, and reducing energy use.  The system includes an in-home display, wireless thermostat, sockets, and strips, as well as iOS and Android apps for on-the-go control.  Some purchasers will also be able to integrate the system with data from their smart meter if they have a compatible meter.

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Pros and Cons of ISBU Design [ArchDaily]

We’ve seen teams around the world doing great things with shipping containers, or intermodal steel building units (ISBU).  That said, even carefully designed projects seem to have challenges.  ArchDaily, in a recent article called The Pros and Cons of Cargo Container Architecture, said: “Shipping container homes makes sense where resources are scarce, containers are in abundance, and where people are in need of immediate shelter such as, developing nations and disaster relief.

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Work Begins on New LEED Platinum Prefab

Cascade Built just announced a new single-family home in the Madison Valley neighborhood of Seattle, Washington.  “Alley House 2″ was designed by Seattle-based David Foster Architects and is currently under construction by Method Homes in an off-site factory.  The project team is seeking LEED Platinum certification with completion set for about October 2011.

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60w Replacement LED Bulb Nears $15

Boy do I feel great for grabbing a handful of 60-watt replacement LEDs for $40 a pop!  Lighting Science Group and India-based Dixon Technologies today announced plans to launch the world’s first sub-$15 60-watt equivalent LED bulb.  The bulb will be available in India by the end of this year and around the world sometime in 2012.

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