Articles - May, 2012

Reclaimed Barn Wood that is FSC Certified

If you like the look of reclaimed wood — and you might, it’s really popular right now — then Pioneer Millworks should be on your radar.  The company, located in Farmington, New York and McMinnville, Oregon, carries FSC certification for all of its reclaimed wood and has saved more than 21 million board feet of wood from barns, industrial buildings, and the like.  Pioneer Millworks has flooring, siding, paneling, timbers, etc, and it’s all nice stuff.  I could think about where to use these materials all day long.

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Connect Homes to Reinvent Modular Prefab

Today, two prefab veterans launch their website for a new company called Connect:Homes with a mission to “deliver modern homes that are affordable, green, and available wherever your are.”  The co-founders Jared Levy and Gordon Stott, both formerly with Marmol Radziner Prefab, started the Los Angeles-based enterprise to reinvent modular prefab and deliver homes that are predictably priced, inherently green, and shipped most anywhere at a lower cost.

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GE Debuts 100-Watt Replacement Bulb

Today GE introduced a new and innovative 100-watt replacement bulb that uses only 27 watts with the help of LEDs and jet technology.  The Energy Smart bulb won’t be available until the first half of 2013 at an undetermined price, though the technology will be on display at the LIGHTFAIR conference that’s being held in Las Vegas this week.

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Efficient Round Prefab in British Columbia

This is the first Energy Star qualified home in British Columbia, according to builder Mandala Homes.  The company’s been around since 2000, and this is their new, round showcase with passive solar design, tuned windows, non-toxic finishes, a custom greenhouse, and all sorts of materials that emphasize energy efficiency.  It’s owned by Mandala Homes president Lars Chose and partner Rachel Ross.

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Live from CNU 20 beginning Wednesday!

While typically focusing on the dwelling unit here at Jetson Green this week we’ll widen our lens to the urban realm and context of our communities at the 20th Congress for the New Urbanism in West Palm Beach.

CNU 20 is the premier conference for urbanism and planning and will feature sessions on key sustainability issues such as sprawl repair, rainwater management, green infrastructure, urban agriculture, and effective messaging of sustainability.

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Design to Embed Value in a Home [Interview]

I caught up with Brian Phillips, principal of Interface Studio Architects, in Miami recently while he was down as a visiting critic at the University of Miami School of Architecture.  Based in Philadelphia, ISA is a prominent architecture and research firm on the leading edge of green building and pre-fab construction with notable projects such as the 100k House and The Modules, featured on Jetson Green a few years ago.  Here is our discussion on the work of ISA and direction of the green building industry.

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