Green MBS and REITs, Solar's 90% Potential, Walmart on Sustainability, + Emissions Reductions [WIR]

Week in Review

*WIR = Week in Review; a Saturday showcase of excellent links.

USGBC Tackles Residential Remodeling with Guidelines (not Certification)

Regreen

If you own a home, you’re likely to have a remodeling story. The good, the bad, the never-quite finished.  One thing’s for sure; every remodel is different.  Given the depth and breadth of residential remodeling, the USGBC, in collaboration with the American Society of Interior Designers, is formally releasing their REGREEN Residential Remodeling Guidelines today at the INTERIORS 08 conference in New Orleans.  Not to be confused with the LEED for Homes rating system (a certification program), REGREEN is a set of remodeling guidelines.

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Prefab Low Cost, Fast Assembly Can Be Elusive [WSJ]

Napa Prefab

++The House in a Box [WSJ]

You also might enjoy these related articles on prefabbers:
++Building the Goodwin-Wise Flatpak
++Business of Modern Prefab, a Rocio Romero Perspective
++Napa Rocio Romero Prefab, Open to the Public

Solar Tower of Power to Spain and Abu Dhabi

Torresol Tower

I just noticed fresh news of this newly formed company called Torresol that’s developing a Solar Tower of Power for both  Spain and Abu Dhabi.  It’s cool news and interesting technology, but it strikes me: Does anyone want to use their celebrity or political influence to bring more of these to the U.S.?  Hillary?  Obama?  Gore?  Buffett?  Pickens?  There’s a ton a raw land in Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Texas, etc., and any given state could take a stab at a plan with transmission lines, right?  I know we talked about an EnviroMission tower before, but I haven’t seen any movement on that front.  It might take a green blogger coalition to get more of these built, but if we can’t figure it out, we’re going to see a new generation of dollars going to the same group of people.  If you know what I mean …

A concentrating solar concentrating power plant like the one pictured above could generate power for something like 30,000 homes (17 mw).

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9onF LEED Homes Save Roughly 75% on Bills!

9onf

That’s right, these LEED certified homes in Sacramento are saving some serious cashish on energy bills.  Roughly up to 75% on energy bills, that is, when the full power of the geothermal heating and cooling system is paired with the solar setup.  Not bad.  The project is called 9onF — it’s a nine-home community with three-level units ranging in size from 1,300 – 1,550 sf.  Prices start at roughly $495,000, and depending on which unit you buy, the home will vary slightly with the others.  For example, three units have solar panels, three have the option for solar, and the last three have too much shade (which is not necessarily a bad thing).  Also, the homes are maxed out with non-toxic finishes to provide a healthy indoor air quality, and being LEED certified and all, a home in 9onF is certain to have all sorts of green goodies.  I’d like to post some real pics if anyone out there has any … 

++Eco Houses Hailed in Downtown Sacramento [sacbee]

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Allison Arieff on "Modern Prefab" [LA Times]

Rocio Romero Prefab w/ Wood Siding

Allison Arieff tells it like it is in this interview with LA Times.  This weekend, Arieff, Michelle Kaufmann, Jennifer Siegal, and Rocio Romero will be doing a panel called "The 4 Women of Prefab" at CA Boom Show in Santa Monica, California, March 14-16, 2008.  I’d do anything to be there for that!  Any one handy with a video that will be there, email: jetsongreen at yahoo dot com. 

Also, check the CA Boom Show Flickr photos, if you can’t be there. 

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