• Urbio Vertical Garden w/ 9 Wall Plates

Urbio Vertical Garden for Urban Dwellers

Urbio is a fascinating vertical garden system that’s minimalist, expandable, and affordable.  It was designed by Volare Studio and Enlisted Design, who posted the system on Kickstarter to raise funds to bring the product to market.  Urbio includes wall plates, wall mount pucks, and various pot sizes.  It’s the perfect kind of system to liven up a wall while growing herbs, succulents, and other small plants.

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By |April 3rd, 2011|Categories: Nature, Vegetation|Tags: , , |0 Comments
  • Week in Review

Passive Metrics, Happy Neighborhoods, Green Deconstruction, + Gadget Energy

A Passive House metric .
The future with wooden skyscrapers.
Manufactured housing is a dying industry.
Electronic gadgets using more energy at home.
How to design a neighborhood for happiness.
The benefits of sustainable deconstruction.
Next generation prefab steel homes.
On tankless […]

By |April 2nd, 2011|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments
  • Modfire Modern

Steel Outdoor Fireplace by Modfire

It’s Spring and high time to get outside.  One way to do that is with an outdoor fire feature to warm friends and family as the sun goes down.  Phoenix-based metal artist Brandon Williams designed Modfire, a sleek, 14-gauge steel fireplace, after seeing a need in the market for a cool, modern outdoor options.  His modern 48″ x 22″ feature is available in natural, red, blue, and orange with pricing from $950.  In addition, Modfire can be outfitted to run on natural gas or propane, if desired.

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By |April 1st, 2011|Categories: Furniture, Modern design|8 Comments
  • Jetson Green Recap of March

March Green Month in Review

This month we were nominated for a JDR 2011 Industry Blogger Award — if you haven’t already, you can vote for Jetson Green through April 15 — and we’re working on some enhancements behind the scenes.  The most popular article on Facebook last month was about a zero-waste home, while the most shared article on Twitter was about the Hudson Passive Project.  Below you’ll find a topical gathering of coverage from March.

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By |March 31st, 2011|Categories: Month in Review|0 Comments
  • NC Passive House exterior

The First Passive House in North Carolina

This home is officially the first Passive House in North Carolina.  It’s also the first Passive House in the country built out of concrete, according to Chris Senior, certified Passive House consultant and owner of Anchorage Building Corp., the builder.  Senior said his company was able to keep construction costs “surprisingly reasonable” by fashioning the entire exterior from concrete.

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By |March 31st, 2011|Categories: Passive House, Single Family|Tags: , , |18 Comments
  • U.S. Sunlight Skylight 2014ST

DIY Low-Profile Skylight by U.S. Sunlight

U.S. Sunlight this year introduced a new product in the form of a low-profile skylight with flexible tubing and a 14″ ceiling lens.  Similar to the flat-glass Sun Tunnel by Velux, Skylight Tube ditches the dome-shaped roof lens for a flatter, square design.  The new product was designed for simplicity and efficiency and can be installed in a couple hours by a professional or an afternoon by a DIYer (with the right tools).

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By |March 31st, 2011|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Solar|Tags: , |0 Comments
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