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The Shocking (Old) Truth About LEED

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The NY Times picked up on a trend that's been gaining momentum for a long time.  In "Some Buildings Not Living Up to Green Label," Mireya Navarro discusses the "gap between design and construction, which LEED certifies, and how some buildings actually perform."  Navarro's not breaking any new ground here, especially for those ensconced in the green building world; however, like the ingredients of a hot dog, the general population needs to understand what LEED is made of. 

Would you be shocked to learn that a LEED building may or may not be energy or water efficient?  Don't be.

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Get Ready for West Coast Green 2009

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For the third year in a row, we'd like to announce that Jetson Green has teamed up with West Coast Green as a media partner.  One of the reasons we're doing this is because it gives us the opportunity to pass on a 20% discount on full conference registration.  Another reason is because the speakers and exhibitors are really good and friendly.  I loved the Harbinger House last year, too, so let's see what's in store for 2009.

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What Makes a Green Home "Green?"

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This is the question: What do you consider to be the single most important factor in determining if a home is ‘green?’

According to the results of a study performed by Synovate and commissioned by FreeGreen (the semi-free house plan provider that’s designed Tiny Houses, Smart Boxes, View Boxes, and more), American homeowners collectively feel that in terms of a home’s greenness, energy efficiency and environmentally friendly materials rank higher on the list than healthy materials and location.  Here’s how homeowners answered:

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