McDonald’s re Recent LEED Criticism

You’ve probably heard that Fast Company wrote a recent article about some of the potential problems with the LEED system.  Well, Bob Langert, Vice President of CSR at McDonald’s, just wrote a small response to Fast Company Magazine in an article titled “LEED = Progress for the Environment.”  Starting with the quote, “Perfection is the enemy of good,” Langert continued:

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By |October 19th, 2007|Categories: LEED, News, Retail|Tags: , |0 Comments

Austin to Require Zero Energy Homes by 2015

The City of Austin, after a year of serious research by the Zero Energy Capable Homes Task Force,  announced a huge initiative towards requiring all new single-family homes to be zero-energy capably by […]

By |October 19th, 2007|Categories: Energy Efficiency, News, Solar|Tags: , |0 Comments

Fight Global Warming Now by Bill McKibben, Book Give Away

I just received an excellent book by the noteworthy, bestselling author Bill McKibben called Fight Global Warming Now: The Handbook for Taking Action in Your Community.  And as I’ve done in the past, I’m […]

By |October 18th, 2007|Categories: book, News|Tags: |0 Comments

Pardon The Interruption …

Right now, four sponsors have space on the right sidebar.  These sponsors have signed up through BlogAds, which means they’ve specifically chosen Jetson Green because they […]

By |October 17th, 2007|Categories: News|0 Comments

Sidwell Friends School, Anatomy of a Green School

The Sidwell Friends School is the first LEED Platinum-rated K-12 school in the world, but what’s incredible is the story behind it.  First, it’s a renovation of a fifty year old facility.  Second, the renovation involved the students, so everyone was able to participate and learn about the benefits of a green building.  Matter of fact, about sixteen 5th – 8th graders studied the building, wrote about its benefits, and recorded an audio feature explaining each green feature.  Feel free to take the green building tour to learn about low-VOC materials, CO2 monitoring, natural light, native plants, the green roof and biology pond, photovoltaic panels, a heat recovery wheel, vertical solar fins, and the settling tank, etc.  This is quite the impressive interactive visual/audio tour.  Seriously, great work. 

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By |October 17th, 2007|Categories: Conservation, Energy Efficiency, Gadgets, Land Use, LEED, Nature, Solar, Water Efficiency|Tags: |0 Comments

Marmol Radziner Prefab Coming to Venice

This is a short post because there isn’t all that much information on the home, but Marmol Radziner Prefab is planning a custom prefab home for Venice, California.  The 2,800 sf, three bedroom, two and a half bath California House will be pieced together with 12 modules in the company’s very own prefab factory.  As of yet, there’s no word on whether the home will feature any green amenities (other than the efficiency advantages of constructing a home in their factory controlled environment).  If we could get more information on these homes, we’d feature Marmol Radziner Prefab a lot more, because after all, they are one of the early innovators in the business.  They’re committed to the concept and have invested a lot of money in a company-owned factory.  We’ll be eagerly watching for more.  Via LA Curbed. 

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By |October 16th, 2007|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab, Single Family|Tags: |0 Comments
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