- Top 10 green design stories of 2008.
- Top 10 green building news stories of 2008.
- Top 10 green-tech breakthroughs of 2008.
- Top 5 environmental newsmakers of 2008.
- 9 home renovation projects that make sense in 2009.
- 2009 ushers in new USGBC methodology.
- Businesses believe in green building benefits.
- Engineers follow trend for LEED office design.
Hey, Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe an entire year just flew by, but it did. On this day last year, we identified Five Green Trends to Watch in 2008 — actually, the trends were specifically related to green building rather than the environment in general — and you’ll probably agree that we were right on. I guess that means we’ll take another stab at predicting the future in these unpredictable, turbulent times. Keep an eye out for our next green trends article for 2009 … update, here it is:
Image: Times Square LED Ball.
If you liked our article on 34 Stunning LEED Platinum Projects, you'll probably like this one, too. As with the other, this is a retrospective on the past year. We've seen some awesome green homes and are constantly inspired: So much creativity, innovation, and style! That said, unless you're living in a cave, you'll probably note that most websites are looking back — it's a tradition this time of year. For intance, the Wall Street Journal showcased a list of what they call A Decade's Most Remarkable Homes. Michelle Kaufmann contributed thoughts to WSJ for their article and then decided to create her very own list of Top 10 Housing Designs from the Past Decade. We're keeping our list limited to built homes shown on this site in 2008:
When we last brought news of BrightBuilt Barn in September, it was only partially constructed. Now it's all built and looks quite good. Its trademark feature is the exterior LED lightskirt, which was designed to change color depending on the home's energy use. GREEN means the BrightBuilt Barn is generating more energy than it consumes; YELLOW indicates a borderline condition; and RED means the energy usage is higher than required to meet the yearly net energy goal. And like the lightskirt, everything about this home has been planned with meticulous care to create a livable, sustainable, replicable, flexible, and educational net-zero energy home.
If you read tech blogs, you may have noticed that Facebook Connect is spreading like crazy. We’re happy to announce that the commenting system that we use, Disqus, is now supporting Facebook Connect. Unfortunately (and as is always the case), this new feature is kind of in beta: there are two glitches. First, if you already have a Disqus profile and you’ve linked up Facebook in your Disqus profile, your Facebook Connect comments will be under a different profile. Second, posting comments on Jetson Green may, in the future, allow you to publish the same in your Facebook profile news feed, but not for the time being. The Disqus team is working on these features. If you want to start commenting with Facebook Connect, here’s how: