Five Green Home Trends for 2012

There’s something about the beginning of a year that makes the fortune tellers come out in droves.  But I guess it’s fun to ponder and pontificate about the future — to string data together to predict what will happen in the next 365 days.  Buildipedia took a shot at identifying green home trends for 2012, and here are the five that they list:

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Happy New Year, It’s 2012!

Geez, it’s crazy how fast the years fly.  As I re-read some of what we’ve covered during 2011, I’m just amazed.  I’ve seen some awesome projects and products and talked with some stellar people.  I can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2012.  Before doing that, here’s a short recap of some of the more popular topics on this site:
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Top 10 Jetson Green Articles of 2011

It’s fun to reflect on the prior year and review site stats to see what was the most popular with readers. Without looking at these stats, I watch as articles circulate via Twitter, Facebook, and Plus — it’s some sort of a real-time feedback loop for what readers want and don’t. What will be huge in 2012? I hope you’ll let me know.

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22 Fabulous Green Prefabs of 2011

With off-site construction, homeowners can benefit from things like accelerated construction, controlled construction, construction without the elements, reduced construction waste, access to a skilled workforce, etc.  So it’s no surprise that the prefab industry continues to expand — we’re tracking that!  In fact, here are 22 built projects that we mentioned in the last year (with high hopes for several more next year, too):

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7 Pioneer Passivhaus Projects of 2011

The Passive House movement in the US was on a major tear in 2011 but for that awful split between PHIUS and international PHI.  The standard seemed free of maneuvers and politics and infighting, yet now there’s something about PHIUS+ certification and a ban on spray polyurethane foam insulation.  Oh boy!  Notwithstanding all of this, let’s not take anything from the following incredible, high-performance, completed projects discussed in the past year that sought or achieved Passive House certification.

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16 Leading LEED Platinum Projects of 2011

I’ve pulled together projects, mostly homes, of all kinds — new, old, modern, traditional, etc — that we discussed in the last year.  These projects either obtained or sought LEED Platinum certification from the USGBC, and they’re some of the greener homes you’ll find most anywhere.  Click the links below for hours and hours of reading.

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