Blake Schreck of Blicker Design was browsing the internet for the perfect dog house and eventually decided to build something of his own design. After building these two styles, Schreck decided it would be fun to sell modern dog houses online. The problem is, he wants to sell green dog houses. So he emailed us and asks whether the Jetson Green audience has any suggestions for affordable, green materials, whether FSC plywood, recycled HDPE plastic, or otherwise. What do you think? Sound off below or at Blicker Design.
Update 10/2/2009: Check out the SFH40 Premiere at WCG 2009!
Last year, West Coast Green had an awesome shipping container home exhibit, and it appears that this year will bring something similar. Yet a little different. As confirmed by Michelle Kaufmann (who will be speaking on Friday of WCG), start up Green Horizon will exhibit their green emergency / container housing unit at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, California. The design of the Green Horizon unit is pretty incredible — it knocks the socks off of FEMA trailers — so you’re going to want to see this in person.*
The NY Times picked up on a trend that's been gaining momentum for a long time. In "Some Buildings Not Living Up to Green Label," Mireya Navarro discusses the "gap between design and construction, which LEED certifies, and how some buildings actually perform." Navarro's not breaking any new ground here, especially for those ensconced in the green building world; however, like the ingredients of a hot dog, the general population needs to understand what LEED is made of.
Would you be shocked to learn that a LEED building may or may not be energy or water efficient? Don't be.
Another month is now gone, and it flew by fast. We tried to balance out our coverage with a better approach to products and technology. Vantage was kind enough to show us their energy management system, and Oxygenics let us test out their new luxury showerhead. (I'm still testing it out, by the way). If you have a green product that you'd like us try, let's get in contact. Also, we're moving along with the job site, and from the stats, it seems like a lot of you are taking advantage of the new green job board. Check the Twitter and Facebook, and let's share, like, and retweet. Here's last month:
If you're in the market for green, modern, designer-built furniture, make sure to check out Studio Nola. You can see a few examples below. These pieces are built with FSC certified woods, 90% recycled steel, zero-VOC powder coated paints, low-VOC sealers, and locally sourced materials. Plus, if you need one or a few shipped, Studio Nola will send them out on a carrier using the EPA's SmartWay transport system.
- Architecture that imitates life.
- Communes of the green generation.
- Approach green renovations wisely.
- Living roofs are the new green cash crop.
- Cities weigh green features v. expense in new buildings.
- 10 strategies to increase home energy efficiency.
- Air conditioning with ice.
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