Zira Island Planned as Zero Energy City

Following in the footsteps of Dongtan and Masdar, the Danish firm of Bjarke Ingels Group has just released details of their masterplan for a zero energy resort and entertainment city on Zira Island, which is located within the bay of Baku, Azerbaijan.  The plan calls for roughly 10.8 million square feet of architectural landscape based on the natural landscape of Azerbaijan.  Indeed, Zira Island will feature seven residential developments, each in the shape of one of seven peaks of Azerbaijan, and 300 private villas with views over the Caspian Sea. 

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By |February 2nd, 2009|Categories: Land Use|Tags: , |4 Comments

January Monthly of Green Articles

Once again, it's been another record-breaking month here at Jetson Green and we're excited to welcome all the new readers.  Thanks for subscribing!  We have a new president and lots of clamoring for the big government money.  We've taken the liberty of not reporting much on the economy, though, because we're focusing on green homes, projects, and products like nobody's business.  If you have something that we should be talking about, make sure to email or contact us.  Also, as you already know, we're trying out some new ad spots and want to thank our new advertisers, 1st Replacement Windows and Charles & Hudson.  Here's some of what we've focused on in January:

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By |January 31st, 2009|Categories: Month in Review|0 Comments

Weatherizing Homes, Dying Incentives, Warming Priorities, + Green Demand

Interest in green building continues to climb. States and utilities are starting to cut incentives. Majority say global warming is not a top priority. Future green construction may follow European models. Studies show […]

By |January 31st, 2009|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments

Photos of the BUILDER LivingHome

I thought it'd be fun to share some actual photos of the BUILDER LivingHome, since up until now, we've only been showing renderings.  The home was designed by KieranTimberlake, built by LivingHomes, and assembled in about three days on the IBS exhibit floor.  Can you imagine putting together an entire house in that time?  I picture Steve Glenn running around with a megaphone, Ty Pennington style, shouting, "We only have four hours, people!"  The modular modern home was designed to meet LEED Platinum certification and includes 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms comprising roughly 2,466 square feet.

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By |January 30th, 2009|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab, Single Family|Tags: , |6 Comments

Molly’s Cabin Sits Off-the-Grid

I find this off-the-grid cabin in Northern Ontario to be quite interesting.  It’s a 1,000 square foot retreat that practically hovers out on the water.  Molly’s Cabin is located a few hours north of Toronto in a place called Pointe au Baril.  Outfitted out with a bedroom, living room, library nook, kitchen, dining room, and small loft, the L-shaped floor plan intermixes the interior and exterior.  Can you imagine how serene it would be to chill and fish and sleep in a place that sits gingerly on the edge of the water like this?

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By |January 29th, 2009|Categories: Single Family|Tags: , , |4 Comments

TerraScreen Lush Interior Living Walls

If you've been to a green trade show or exhibit, you may have noticed a few green wall providers.  One to keep in mind, just in case you're thinking about incorporating a lush living wall or vertical garden, is TerraScreen.  The TerraScreen Interior Greenwall System was designed by Planterra to hold large 6" plants and can be maintained by your average interior landscape contractor.  The system requires about 18" of space from the wall and a catch basin, but can be supported with drip irrigation and a tank, too.  It's comprised of modular panels made with powder-coated, galvanized steel wire and these panels can be lined up to really liven up a place.  Make sure to check these images below … having one of these, I think, is a pretty good way to make a statement about the way you do things. 

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By |January 28th, 2009|Categories: Vegetation|6 Comments
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