Top 15 Jetson Green Articles of 2010

I’m always surprised by what goes popular, but I can’t necessarily blame readers for liking what they like.  I like these articles, too.  It’s fun to see them shared on Facebook and retweeted through Twitter, giving us an opportunity to refine the material that gets published.  Below you’ll find the top 10 articles as determined by site analytics and five additional favorites.  Enjoy and happy new year!

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20 Fabulous Green Prefabs of 2010

The world of prefab — off-site fabricated homes shipped as panels, modules, kits — is doing well these days.  Some companies are shipping more homes every month.  Indeed, prefabrication offers several potential benefits that the housing industry cannot ignore: accelerated construction, controlled construction, construction without the elements, and minimal waste.  It all depends on the designer and manufacturer, but these homes can be ultra green, too.  Take these 20 green prefabs that we mentioned this year:

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LEED Platinum Gut Rehab in Chicago

This is the Helenowski Residence, a gut-rehab in Chicago that achieved the highest LEED for Homes point total ever with 119 points, according to LEED for Homes provider Alliance for Environmental Sustainability.  The 3,300 square-foot renovation achieved an impressive HERS rating of 13 and is net-zero energy with the help of rooftop solar power and a vertical axis wind turbine.

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