Super-Efficient ADU Complete in Portland

The accessory dwelling unit (ADU) market is alive and well in the Concordia neighborhood of Portland, Oregon.  People like these tiny structures — sometimes referred to as backyard cottages, granny flats, or laneway houses — because they can be leased out or used to accommodate an expanding family situation.  And, as these structures grow in popularity, they’re getting greener, too.  For instance, check out this high-performance ADU built by Hammer & Hand and designed by Departure Design.

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By |April 27th, 2011|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Single Family|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

Near NZE Morning Sun Home in Oregon

This is Morning Sun, a near net-zero energy home completed at the end of December 2009 for owners Doug and Emily Boleyn.  The high-performance abode — designed by Matthew Daby of m.o. daby design llc and built by Cellar Ridge Custom Homes — received LEED Platinum certification, Oregon High Performance Home certification, and an Energy Performance Score of 31, making it one of the most decorated green projects in Happy Valley.

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FSC Reclaimed Teak by IndoTeak Design

California-based IndoTeak Design has what it calls “the greenest teak products on the market.”  Its FSC-certified, post-consumer, recycled teak products — flooring, paneling, siding, and decking — come from Indonesian structures up to 300 years old.  IndoTeak also offers a unique, patchwork-painted Balinese boat wood, reclaimed artisan teak cabinets, and other beautiful custom wood products.  IndoTeak provides competitive pricing and matches competitors, assuming the same quantity and quality.

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By |April 25th, 2011|Categories: Materials, Recycled|Tags: , , , |8 Comments

Earth Day Interview with Woman’s Day

Woman’s Day, an enormously popular magazine that helps its readers “live well every day,” just published an article with six tips for a greener home.  I talked with Olivia Putnal while she was researching […]

By |April 24th, 2011|Categories: Media|1 Comment

Results: JDR Industry Blogger Awards

I want to take a moment to thank you for voting for this site in the recent JDR Annual Industry Blogger Awards.  I’m happy to report that Jetson Green was nominated and won […]

By |April 24th, 2011|Categories: Media, Weblogs|6 Comments

NZE Tract Homes, Solar Valuation, Vertical Landscape, + Efficiency Upgrade Loans

Solar panels increase home values.
Cities versus suburbs is the wrong debate.
Home energy upgrades get U.S.-backed loans.
Builders offer near net-zero energy tract homes.
Green product sales down with cost-cutting.
Million dollar house uses very little energy.
A green wall […]

By |April 23rd, 2011|Categories: Week in Review|1 Comment
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