• Jetson Green Mission

Our Purpose, Aim, and Mission

In conjunction with the launch of this site’s new design (which has been an unbelievable success to date), I thought long and hard about the direction of Jetson Green.  I can’t say where this site will be in five years, but it occurred to me that the best focus was the residential context.  Thus, Jetson Green is not just a green building site any more, it’s a “design-oriented site for sustainable homes, natural materials, and green technology.”

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By |February 20th, 2011|Categories: Weblogs|7 Comments
  • Week in Review

Costly Dirty Coal, Efficient Lights, Resale Efficiency, + Passive Canada

Coal’s shocking hidden health/eco costs.
For resale value, think about energy efficiency.
Consumer have many energy-efficient light options.
Philips: LEDs to take about 50% of market by 2015.
GE pitches halogens as incandescent substitution.
New green life for an old […]

By |February 19th, 2011|Categories: Week in Review|1 Comment
  • NZE Connecticut

Traditional NZE Home in Connecticut

I’m told this is the first net-zero energy home in Connecticut. Yes, this LEED Platinum project in Killingworth produces more energy than it uses. It does that with a design to minimize energy consumption, solar panels, and a geothermal HVAC system – no energy for this home comes from fossil fuel-based sources. It has no boiler or furnace.

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By |February 18th, 2011|Categories: LEED, Single Family|Tags: , , |10 Comments
  • WCG McDonough

Better Because You’re Here [Video]

There’s a YouTube channel with four videos of William McDonough’s “Deep Dive” at West Coast Green 2010.  All of them are worth watching, but I thought it would be worthwhile to share the one about NASA’s innovative Sustainability Base in Silicon Valley.

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By |February 18th, 2011|Categories: video|0 Comments
  • LABhaus rendering

Luxury Green LABhaus Going Up in Jersey

This luxury, modern, green home by LABhaus is under construction in New Jersey right now.  It’s a stunning single-family home assembled with five, factory-built modules and some impressive green products and finishes.  Plus, I’m happy to learn, the owners noticed our prior article mentioning the DIY Network’s search for new projects, and it looks as though the project will be featured on a future episode of “Dream Builders.”

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By |February 17th, 2011|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab|Tags: , , , |3 Comments
  • PGH Home Performance Sticker

Green Homes to Get Performance Labels

Buying a home is a big, expensive deal.  It’s important that you know what you’re getting.  Ideally, prior to purchase, you should know about its performance in at least four categories: energy use, water use, indoor air quality, and building integrity.  But, as a nation, we’re not there yet.  We’re getting there, though.

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By |February 16th, 2011|Categories: Energy Efficiency, News|Tags: , , |12 Comments
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