miniHome DUO SE Modern Green Marvel

Minihome Duo

This is the miniHome DUO SE, which is basically the combo of an add-on and the SOLO 2008 version that was recently announced.  Starting at $149,900, it’s a well-designed home of 475 sf.  The DUO uses 1/10th the water, fuels, and materials, and 1/100th the electrical energy of a conventional home: it’s a net-zero energy home.  And as you can tell from the renderings, you can outfit your DUO with a stylish green roof and contemporary wrap-around decking.  Really, anything is possible with this little treasure home.  Small.  Stylish.  Green.  Affordable.  Looks like Sustain MiniHome is offering financing now on their homes, too.

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[Video] Container Home Design from Single Module

[RSS - Click Here to View] I found this video on YouTube of Jason Steele’s vision for a shipping container building.  The idea in the video shows two sides being taken off to expand the floor area by 50%.  He also has bamboo landscaping to create shading on the sun-exposed southern part of the home (Phoenix, Arizona).  Looks pretty cool, but let’s see if it gets made, because in the world of container and prefab design, reality counts for something

Dutch Building Powered by Energy from Asphalt

Asphalt Energy

Tom Konrad is an Analyst at Alternative Energy Stocks, where he writes about investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency companies.  This article is a guest post for Jetson Green.

The December 6 Technology Quarterly from The Economist profiles a Dutch office building that is both heated and cooled using heat (or cold) from the asphalt of the road outside the building, as opposed to the more conventional use of solar thermal panels on the building’s roof.  The article optimistically ends:

The result is cheap heating in winter and cheap cooling in summer. And there is a bonus. Summer heating softens asphalt, making it easier for heavy traffic to damage the road surface. Dr de Bondt’s system not only saves electricity, but also saves the road. Expect to see more examples of it, in other countries, soon.

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Merry Christmas from Jetson Green

Christmaslights

I’m getting withdrawals from not being connected to the internet, but rest assured, posting will continue as usual on Wednesday evening.  I hope everyone enjoys this holiday time, no matter what your reason or religion is.  It’s nice to have a collective break from whatever has become the norm. 

Image Credit: arkworld.

Five Green Books You Should Read Soon

Fivegreenbooks

This is my no B.S. guide to green books you should read (if you haven’t already done so).  Go to your bookstore/library of choice and there’s no doubt that the bookshelf is getting cluttered with authorship on a range of green topics.  Some of them are no more than a simple intro with a directory of products — the books are well and fine, but they become obsolete quickly in this crazy market.  So, here’s my list of 5 books you should read, especially during the holiday season if you have some downtime.  In choosing these books, I’ve decided to err on the side of edification rather than entertainment.  You’ll find legitimate analysis and thought in all five.  Enjoy:

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