President Obama Explains Proposed HOMESTAR Retrofit Program

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Yesterday, President Obama toured a training facility at Savannah Technical College and took the opportunity to outline more detail on the proposed HOMESTAR Energy Efficiency Retrofit Program.  The program has been called "Cash for Caulkers" due to similarities with Cash for Clunkers, but we're going to stick with the HOMESTAR terminology.  Here's some additional detail. 

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Backyard Box Intros Line of Modern Efficient Accessory Dwelling Units

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Sloan Ritchie, the same developer that brought us the beautiful, green Alley House, just launched a new endeavor called Backyard Box.  As the name indicates, the Seattle-based company helps homeowners add extra space — whether for an office, studio, mother-in-law apartment, or income property — to lots with room and flexible zoning.  Backyard Boxes, commonly referred to as accessory dwelling units, come in three sizes, three finish packages, and have a Smart Box option, which includes some geeky green technology. 

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Finding the Perfect Green Countertop

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These days, there's a nearly endless array of options on the market if you're looking for a stylish, green countertop.  Availability varies and transportation costs — in more ways than one — so you might stop by the local green building store to see what's being made locally.  You might see some of the products discussed below. 

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February Green Coverage in Review

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It's been a fun month here at Jetson Green.  We talked about a little of everything, including building performance, Passive House certification, the Living Building Challenge, and the various efforts to help with temporary and permanent shelter in Haiti.  If you like what you're reading, stay tuned through Twitter or Facebook and share what you like.  Here's a summary of last month's coverage, if you missed anything:

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The New Green, Smarter Buildings, Performance Slippage, + Sweet Passive

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Green Ideabox Fortino Opens in Oregon

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Ideabox's newest prefab model, the Fortino, is on display at the Portland Home & Garden Show this weekend, so you'll want to check it out if you're in the area.  The Salem-based prefab company teamed up with Crate & Barrel to design the interior and several landscape designers to transform a 50'x100' show space into a contemporary landscape setting.  Jim Russell, president of Ideabox, says it's a complete "living experience" on an urban lot. 

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