An excellent report by New York-based JWT Intelligence — 100 Things to Watch in 2011 — is bouncing around the internet right now. The authors seem to have a pulse on key aspects of the internet, including mobile, advertising, media, and technology trends. But I noticed at least six things to watch that relate directly to building greener homes. Here’s what JWT says to watch in 2010:
I’m always surprised by what goes popular, but I can’t necessarily blame readers for liking what they like. I like these articles, too. It’s fun to see them shared on Facebook and retweeted through Twitter, giving us an opportunity to refine the material that gets published. Below you’ll find the top 10 articles as determined by site analytics and five additional favorites. Enjoy and happy new year!
The world of prefab — off-site fabricated homes shipped as panels, modules, kits — is doing well these days. Some companies are shipping more homes every month. Indeed, prefabrication offers several potential benefits that the housing industry cannot ignore: accelerated construction, controlled construction, construction without the elements, and minimal waste. It all depends on the designer and manufacturer, but these homes can be ultra green, too. Take these 20 green prefabs that we mentioned this year:
In the past year, we’ve discussed several certified green projects but here’s the creme of the crop, 19 LEED Platinum ones. These projects, mostly homes, all vary — new, old, big, small, modern, traditional, single family, multifamily, certified, pending. Long story short, LEED Platinum, although difficult to attain, is where it’s at. If you’re going to pay for certification, why go for anything less than the best?!
Technology and design are inextricably intertwined in the world of green building. During the last year, we’ve seen some fascinating technologies and clever designs that have the potential to reduce the environmental impact of the built environment in a new way. I hope you enjoy this review of innovation culled from our archives of the last year.
I thought there would be a slowing of container projects, but I’ve been wrong. They’re popular and some are well done. That said, as mentioned last year, containers are difficult to work with — here’s a list of considerations — and some folks don’t like how they look like. Perhaps some of these will change the general perception of that, though.