Seven Green Trends to Watch in 2009

Seven Green Trends to Watch in 2009

Last year I talked about five green building trends and most of that, generally speaking, was spot on.  This year's going to be a little tougher nut to crack, however, because things are changing every day.  After a week or two of new information, it could be that everything below will not make sense any more.  I don't believe that will happen, but it could.  Anyway, to cut to the chase, all of this is informal and anecdotal.  I'm making these predictions based on approximately thirty years of seeing, studying, reading, working, and observing as a human being.  You will certainly have a different perspective, but hear me out.  When you're done, make sure to tell me what you think below. 

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Year End Lists, Smart Renovations, Green Believers, + LEED Design

Week in Review

Tonbo Meadow Community to Offer Modern, Green Living

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Although Tonbo Meadow is situated on just 3 acres in Wilmington, North Carolina, this community has some big ideas.  With only 10 house lots, Tonbo has a lot to offer, including a one-acre preserved meadow, community recycling, composting, community gardens, drought tolerant landscaping, rainwater reclamation, rain gardens, a stormwater wetland, and tree protection / relocation plans. 

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Happy New Year, Quick Reflections

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Hey, Happy New Year!  It’s hard to believe an entire year just flew by, but it did.  On this day last year, we identified Five Green Trends to Watch in 2008 — actually, the trends were specifically related to green building rather than the environment in general — and you’ll probably agree that we were right on.  I guess that means we’ll take another stab at predicting the future in these unpredictable, turbulent times.  Keep an eye out for our next green trends article for 2009 … update, here it is:

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40 Innovative Green Homes of 2008

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If you liked our article on 34 Stunning LEED Platinum Projects, you'll probably like this one, too.  As with the other, this is a retrospective on the past year.  We've seen some awesome green homes and are constantly inspired:  So much creativity, innovation, and style!  That said, unless you're living in a cave, you'll probably note that most websites are looking back — it's a tradition this time of year.  For intance, the Wall Street Journal showcased a list of what they call A Decade's Most Remarkable Homes.  Michelle Kaufmann contributed thoughts to WSJ for their article and then decided to create her very own list of Top 10 Housing Designs from the Past Decade.  We're keeping our list limited to built homes shown on this site in 2008:

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BrightBuilt Barn on Track for Platinum

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When we last brought news of BrightBuilt Barn in September, it was only partially constructed.  Now it's all built and looks quite good.  Its trademark feature is the exterior LED lightskirt, which was designed to change color depending on the home's energy use.  GREEN means the BrightBuilt Barn is generating more energy than it consumes; YELLOW indicates a borderline condition; and RED means the energy usage is higher than required to meet the yearly net energy goal.  And like the lightskirt, everything about this home has been planned with meticulous care to create a livable, sustainable, replicable, flexible, and educational net-zero energy home.

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