The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) just released a new report, the AWEA Small Wind Turbine Global Market Study, detailing a sizable advance in the small wind turbine market in the United States. Small wind turbines, you may know, are those with a capacity of 100 kW or less. And the U.S. market for this niche grew 78% in 2008, with a total of 17.3 (MW) of new installed capacity. The report indicates that the growth is due, in large part, to private equity investment in the sector, as well as economies of scale, rising electricity prices, and heightened public interest.
It's been another record breaking month in terms of visitors and daily subscribers, and comments are starting to heat up, too. As you can tell below, we wrote a number of articles on homes and prefab. Topics such as modern homes, passivhaus, aktivhaus, energy efficiency, etc., seem to get more action. And giveaways do well, too. I'll try to get through a few more green books next month. Expect more unique and original content, because that's what we do. Contact us if you have a story that needs to be told. And get your real-time fix @jetsongreen or your green job fix @greenerjobs.
- Passivhaus for beginners.
- Preservation is the original green.
- Building new is not building green.
- 6 prefab houses that could change home building.
- Transform your home into an energy-efficient abode.
- Small wind turbine sales grew rapidly last year.
- Clinton Climate Initiative: build climate positive communities.
- Scientists hunt for green building materials.
- Designing stadiums with the environment in mind.
- Ideal green homes from across the pond.
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On Cherry Street in Port Townsend, Washington, a confluence modern version of an ideabox prefab was installed. The 840 square-foot home has an open kitchen and living area flanked by two bedrooms / bathrooms on the ends. It sits perfectly on a small lot and the deck leads to a vegetable garden where the new homeowners will be able to live off the land, to a certain extent.
This is the first of a new series of articles from Robert McLaughlin, founder of House Virescent and co-founder of KCmodern, who will report on green building efforts in Greensburg, Kansas and Kansas City.
Studio 804, the graduate level design-build studio from the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Urban Planning, followed up its successful Modular 1,2,3,4 houses and the 547 Art Center in Greensburg, Kansas with the 3716 Springfield House. It's another great looking house seeking not only to be LEED Platinum, but to be off the grid as well. Also known as the Buffalo House, the Kansas City, Kansas project attempts "a holistic approach to sustainability" and uses active solar and wind technologies to power itself.
Last November, Project FROG demonstrated their FROG Zero classroom at Greenbuild 2008, and it was quite impressive. Now, the company has a couple projects in the works, and they just broke ground on a new Center for Science and Global Citizenship at the Watkinson School in Hartford, Connecticut. The 4,000 square-foot science center will generate more energy within its footprint than is required to operate the systems. To do so, it will rely on some of the following active and passive strategies: