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ECOBAY Focuses on Sustainability

One thing we’re seeing for sure is an increasing amount of activity in the masterplanned, sustainable city area.  Last January, schmidt hammer lassen architects won an international competition to design ECOBAY, a new town situated on the Paljassaare peninsula near the Estonian capital of Tallinn.  In collaboration with Buro Happold Consulting Engineers and Møller & Grønborg, ECOBAY has been designed with everything one would need in close proximity: housing, schools, local shops, businesses, and other amenities — all within walking or biking distance.  In addition, the town will utilize geothermal, small-scale wind, and surplus energy from the nearby wastewater facility. 


By |July 27th, 2008|Categories: Land Use, Modern architecture|Tags: |0 Comments
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More California Codes, Home Trends, Saving Rainwater, + Our Electric Future

California adopts innovative solar loan law. LA bans plastic bags in stores starting July 2010. How big a deal is green building? Going green a growing trend with homeowners. Saving […]

By |July 26th, 2008|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments
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Bonus Giveaway: Natural Home Magazine 1 YR Subscription

This is part of the Jetson Green birthday giveaway, so make sure to leave a comment by midnight Tuesday, July 29, 2008, if you want to be considered for the contest.*

With the Jetson Green birthday givaway wrapping up and winners soon to be announced, I want to announce this bonus giveaway which we’re offering by the generosity of Natural Home Magazine and its editorial team.  As a reader of Natural Home Magazine myself, I’m pretty psyched to be able to giveaway a year’s subscription to this high-quality publication.  Natural Home focuses on sustainable home design and materials, earth-friendly decoration, and natural lifestyles.


By |July 26th, 2008|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: , |21 Comments
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Matching Modern with Energy Efficiency

I’m in Huntington Beach this weekend taking a little r&r and didn’t realize how much of the housing here is built like the townhomes above: with an urban feel — tightly together with at least 2-3 levels.  These townhouses are located on 19th Street in Santa Monica and called Green on 19.  Three are already sold with the remaining two ready to go.  Green on 19 was designed by Jesse Bornstein to provide modern living while supporting the global community’s need for energy efficiency. 


By |July 25th, 2008|Categories: Modern architecture, Multifamily, Solar, Townhouse|Tags: |3 Comments
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Prefab Cabin Built by Method Homes

When we first brought news of Method Homes in April, we were pretty excited because they were cruising along with construction at a pretty quick clip.  Their design was mountain modern and the founders, Bryan Abramson and Mark Rylant, were executing on a plan to build this smart green home in three months. 


By |July 24th, 2008|Categories: LEED, Prefab, Single Family|Tags: , |6 Comments

Greensumption, the Ecological Pickle

For background on the video, make sure to check out this Dot Earth interview.  The point being made is quite poignant, probably making you feel as though there’s an environmental pickle with nary a solution.  But we’ve got to do better than that — we have to find solutions and turn this ship around.  So what’s the next step? 


By |July 23rd, 2008|Categories: News|Tags: |3 Comments

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