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Week in Review

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Check Out These Greener Jobs

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We're in beta with a green building job board, and everything's been going pretty good so far.  Plus, with all the talk about green collar jobs, we thought we could at least help out a little bit.  So if you're looking or thinking about looking for a job, make sure to check out these green positions.  And if you have a green position, we provide free listings. 

Also, follow @greenerjobs on Twitter for more green job listings.

Green Prefab Townhomes Hit Oakland

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Prefab multifamily is the new black these days, which is why we’ve been watching startup ZETA Communities with interest.  ZETA, which stands for Zero Energy Technology and Architecture, finished these live/work, net zero energy townhomes in Oakland and has a number of other projects in the works.  The townhomes achieved LEED Platinum certification, a 240 green point rating, and an EPA Indoor airPLUS, the EPA’s highest indoor air rating.  Each home is 1,540 square feet with two bedrooms and a single-car garage.  And they’re packed with some of the following green elements and strategies:

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Shower Green with an Oxygenics Storm

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Oxygenics was kind enough to send us their new STORM showerhead, which was designed to provide 20%-70% water and energy savings.  The unit has 54 spray nozzles that shower you with 30% more water pressure compared to other brands.  They do this with their Pressure Boosting Technology (see below), which squeezes the stream of water while adding air to it. 

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Hometta Small Modern Green Homes

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In July or at Dwell on Design, you may have heard about the launch of Hometta, a collective of architects and builders offering affordable, modern home plans online.  The collective may just be on to something interesting.  Opting to differentiate from the myriad other house plan providers, Hometta is focusing on small, sustainable, modern home design.  And all house plans adhere to a set of criteria, or the following principles:

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A Distinctive Greenscreen In the Wild

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We've mentioned Arizona State University's green School of Sustainability, and we've also mentioned greenscreen modular trellis panels, but we're going to bring it all full circle here in one article.  ASU used greenscreen green walls in the renovation of this 1960s building to add a little something extra — to cool the interior, clean the air, and bolster the design.  A wall was removed to add this distinctive element, and the strategy seems to be working. 

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