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Expanded Cork Insulation Arrives in USA

If you want to wind up a building scientist, you might mention the topic of insulation.  Better yet, mention the advent of expanded cork insulation in the United States from Portugal-based Amorim Isolamentos.  The insulation is made from leftover material from cork bottle stopper production which is heated and sliced into boards, according to Alex Wilson of BuildingGreen.  Thus, the insulation is rapidly renewable and entirely natural.

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2.5 kW Ground-Mount Solar Kit by Schletter

It’s surprising how easy it is these days to line up all the components necessary for a residential-scale photovoltaic array. Solar panels can be purchased on Amazon (among other places) and tracking systems are readily available, too. If you have the land or your roof isn’t right for your needs, Arizona-based Schletter makes a ground-mount kit for up to 2.5 kW of solar PV and it can be purchased for under $1,000.

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July Month in Review [+Thoughts]

It’s been another month, and I’m happy to have you as a reader.  I want to be honest for a second … I hope you don’t mind.  Sometime in the last month, Jetson Green celebrated about five years in publication.  Can you believe that?!  I’m just in awe of what I’ve learned and seen and covered.  There’s so much going on in just our tiny niche of “green homes.”

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Luxe Desert Prefab Now Available in Moab

This vacation home was designed and built by Marmol Radziner Prefab for a 71-acre site in the red rocks of Moab, Utah. Pursuant to a listing with Sotheby’s International Realty, the home, which is located at 130 Hidden Valley, has three sides of floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors with a view of the acreage and surrounding BLM land. The 2,500-square-foot modern prefab (which is green to the extent that MRP used dual-pane windows/doors, an energy-efficient HVAC system and appliances, and eco-friendly materials) has two bedrooms, two and a half baths, a pool, and a price of $2,995,000.

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Sunset Idea House Prefab in Healdsburg

The Sunset Magazine Idea House that I mentioned a few months ago will open for public tours on August 3, 2012.  Located in Healdsburg, California, the $2.65 million green prefab has 3,000 square feet and a 480-square-foot guest house with a total of five bedrooms and five bathrooms, according to Healdsburg Patch.  The Idea House was fabricated by Blu Homes, developed by Rosemary Wardell, and designed on the inside by Sharon Portnoy.  Drop by and tell us what you think if you get the opportunity to visit the Idea House.

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