About a month and a half ago, Marken Projects, founded by developer Alexander Maurer and based in Vancouver, BC, announced plans to build this 2,400 square foot home. It’s going to be Passive House certified, LEED Platinum certified in Canada, and built using a German modular wood building system. Needless to say, it has all the components of the kind of projects we like.
We all know there's money in energy efficiency, but sometimes, it's hard to justify the upfront costs to receive the benefits over time. When crunching the numbers, it helps to recall the Energy Pie Chart that Steven Chu posted to his Facebook recently — lighting accounts for 26% of energy use in commercial buildings! Which is why Holiday Inn will save ~$4.4 million annually as they swap out their neon and fluorescent signage for super efficient LED signage.
If you read this blog, it's likely that you have at least a modicum of care for the natural environment. Like some of you, I grew to love everything about nature through hiking and camping and various Boy Scout activities. So after being approached by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, I jumped at the chance to give away a couple copies of DisneyNature: Earth. Drop a comment below, and we'll randomly choose 2 people for the giveaway.* Earth was just released on DVD and Blu-ray, and it looks fascinating.
In the mid-1980s, Amory Lovins, co-founder, chairman, and chief scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute, built an efficient, 4,000 square foot home in Colorado for living and working. By today’s thinking, the home is a little larger than most greenies would prefer, but it was built to be 90% more efficient than a traditional home of its size. That’s pretty impressive, especially at a time when the panels on the roof of the White House were being taken down for “repair.”
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.