Recently I had the opportunity to speak with Thomas McGrath, owner of this gut-rehab in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. Before talking, I figured the home was like many others seeking LEED Platinum certification. It has energy-efficient appliances, modern finishes, and on-site green power. But there’s really a lot more to it. This is a fascinating case study of salvage and reuse.
EcoHome, a magazine for green products and technology, just published an article describing six trends that will shape green homes this year. I talked with Jennifer Goodman, and she was kind enough to mention Jetson Green in the article. Visit EcoHome for some excellent discussion of Passive Houses, tiny homes, home audits, energy monitoring, net-zero water, and getting more out of design decisions.
Keep an eye out for the next acronym in energy-efficient lighting: ESL, or Electron Stimulated Luminescence. ESLs use “accelerated electrons to stimulate phosphor to create light, making the surface of the bulb ‘glow,’” according to Vu1 Corporation, a maker of ESLs. The technology is being touted for producing light that’s similar to an incandescent bulb but about 70% more energy-efficient.