This video of Blu Homes recently hit the Innovation Economy column of The Boston Globe. In This New House, columnist Scott Kirsner gives us a look at the folding prefab technology that Blu Homes uses for homes built in their Littleton, Massachusetts factory. The folding style of construction presents an interesting new wrinkle to prefab, and Blu is able to save transportation costs by shipping more house and less air.
- Zoning the sustainable city.
- Greenbuild's health-based outcome.
- Al Gore calls for a green building revolution.
- New report highlights water technology opportunities.
- Balancing energy needs and material hazards.
- California at the forefront of Passive House trend.
- Green building puts some in the red.
Also, follow @jetsongreen on Twitter for more news, links, and commentary.
Yes, it's that time again. For the eighth year in a row, BuildingGreen has just announced their list of Top-10 Green Building Products. BuildingGreen sifts the products from new additions to the GreenSpec Directory, a print and online guide that organizes green products according to LEED credits, as well as from coverage in Environmental Building News. The GreenSpec Directory has over 2,100 products, and these ten are some of the best of what's been added to the directory. Any favorites among the group?
This month, AES Wind installed its first demonstration AES WindJet 5 turbine in Overland Park, Kansas. The twin-rotor turbine is rated at 5 kW and was designed to increase efficiency by up to 54% over existing designs. With a slow rotor speed, the turbine is quieter, more durable, and less likely to create problems with birds.
This is a beautiful LEED Platinum building located at the corner of East Burnside Street and 11th Avenue in Portland, Oregon. Dubbed Burnside Rocket, the building is probably most recognizable not for its red dress but for the twenty-four operable art panels — each of which was painted by a different emerging artist — that shade the interior spaces. Since completion on April 2007, the popular building has been fully occupied.
According to a new study by Booz Allen Hamilton and the USGBC, green building will support 7.9 million jobs and pour $554 billion into the American economy over the next four years. Of that, $396 billion will be attributable to wage growth in green building jobs. Green construction spending currently supports 2 million American jobs, so we're talking about growth of nearly 400%!