August Green: Kicking Out the Shouts

Wind_turbine_1 As August starts to wind down, I’d like to kick out a quick, Sunday shout to those of you that are reading my blog and taking the time to email, comment, or place a Jetson Green link on your site. As I’ve tried to post little snippets of what I think is cool and green, many of you have provided excellent feedback and I look forward to all the sustainable green news I can handle during the next month. Bookmark this blog or subscribe to the feed; feel free to come back often and interact as often as you like.

Here are some of the noteworthy friends of Jetson Green who send large amounts of traffic and continue to add value to Jetson Green (alphabetical order):

  • Archinect – Great place for architecture and building news; the best place to connect with all things architectural. Architect + Connect…
  • Biz News Blog – Blog about business and environmental aspects of business. Interesting post about Hong Kong the other day.
  • EcoStreet – sleek, informed blog on all things green.
  • E, The Environmental Magazine – They have a good section on green living, which includes the most recent topics on natural sodas, eco-travel, eco-awareness, green multi-level marketing, and flowers.
  • Green At Work Today – The ultimate source for a reliable aggregation of environmental news from the best sources. Very interesting and relevant reading material!!
  • Green Technolog – A cool blogger talking about all aspects of technology that will help the world achieve a sustainable future. Recently, he’s talking about E85, California’s solar news, and clean free energy.
  • Musings of An Eco-Entreprenuer – A major entrepreneur who loves everything about green business and blogging.
  • Sustainable Log – Home of the awesome "Headlines from the Green Blogosphere."
  • Tom Konrad EE/RE Investing – The green blogosphere’s welcome Ph.D and independent investment advisor who has forgotten more than most people know about investing, energy, and everything else environmental. Great blog!

Y’all come back now…

[August] Architectural Record House of the Month: Belmont Geothermal Home

Belmont_geothermal_house I thought I would post information on this home, not because of its superior green features, although it does have green features, but because of the architect’s attention to modern design and the client’s needs. It’s an excellent looking abode…and at a price tag of $3.2 million, who wouldn’t want it! The sustainable crutch to this Belmont, Massachusetts modern residence is the geothermal heating and cooling pump, but it also comes designed with a water and energy scheme. That’s not all, however…

Chuck_choi_geothermal_house_4 Architecturally designed by Mary Ann Thompson Architects, every aspect of this home was carefully crafted. Thompson designed the U-shaped 4,500 square-foot home specifically for the owner’s large 3-acre lot with a serene pond and meadow. Specifically, rooms receive light on two sides and are designed so that internal activity traces the sun’s path throughout the day. The building also includes the passive design features of overhanging trellises on the southern and western fascades and incorporated cross-ventilation.

Some of the main construction materials include a steel frame, shiplap cedar siding, slate, kota brown sandstone, reclaimed walnut flooring, reclaimed walnut pine stair treads, acid-washed steel, and a poured-in-place cantilevered hearth. This home comes equipt with Dynamic windows and doors, Solar Innovations skylights, Baldwin hinges, Lightolier recessed can lights, Nightscaping sconces, Dornbracht fixtures, and Modern Fan ceiling fans. I love those ceiling fans! 

Chuck_choi_geothermal_house_2Another feature of this home, specific to this family’s needs, is the handicap-accessible guest wing. It is possible that the owner’s elderly parents move in with the family, so these features allow for a wheelchair in the shower and a future ramp for multi-level mobility. To quote the architect, "The house was designed to create a continuum, and this family wants to stay here through retirement and beyond…it’s truly a home for living."

Other links:
Architectural Record House of the Month Posting
Chuck Choi Photography
Mary Ann Thompson Architecture House Information Page

USGBC Notes 20% Increase in LEED APs

The number of LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED AP) has increased 20 percent year over year, bringing the total number of LEED APs to 25,000.  Accreditation is received from the USGBC, and the rapid increase in LEED APs is a sign of the trend towards sustainable design, construction, and architecture.

There is an extremely informative website/magazine called Building Design & Construction (BD&C), which audits the number of LEED APs in largest United States design and construction firms. They’ve posted a complete list of their results, and here are the top five.

1. Perkins + Will.
2. Gensler.
3. Hellmuth, Obata, Kassabaum (HOK).
4. Stantec.
5. DPR.

BD&C’s article lists LEED AP numbers for each of the top 100 giant design and construction firms. This information is helpful, especially for companies and developers making their first foray into the green business, because it demonstrates who has the knowledge and expertise to build green.

Green building and sustainable design is a major trend that anyone in the industry should start to realize: real estate agents, designers, engineers, architects, contractors, home builders, developers, owners, REITs, RE management companies, etc.

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