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Low-Impact House on San Juan Island

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The Natural Balance Home is in its last months of construction on San Juan Island in Washington.  Owners Glen and Deb Bruels are building this retirement home with the assistance of Blue Sky Design, Ravenhill Construction, and a slew of sponsors.  The showcase features a curvy SIPs roof from Insulspan and a dramatic green roof over most everything else. 

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Racing Against Time: A Bright Future

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This article is a contribution to Honda’s “Racing Against Time” thought leadership series.*

Recently, I was approached by Honda to tackle the topic of “peak oil” in relation to the normal conversation on Jetson Green.  This site is devoted to green building innovation, and you may be thinking the subject of peak oil — specifically, the idea that oil is a finite resource — is a little tangential.

But it’s not.  In fact, oil is used to make all sorts of products and to power residential and commercial buildings.  Honda’s invitation has given me an opportunity to brainstorm on the subject and, after some contemplation, I believe there are six ways the building, design, and construction industry can eliminate the use of oil entirely.

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Ecooler Hollow Ceramic Cooling Screen

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Mey and Boaz Kahn, Studio Kahn, submitted this ecooler screen for iida 2010 and took home third prize.  Ecooler is a concept hollow tile that connects with other tiles, creating a wall of water-filled ceramics.  It's intended to provide an alternative option for cooling internal spaces by seepage and evaporation during the day, according to DesignBoom

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