There’s major action in the data center world, with all sorts of facilities aiming for energy-efficient centers and LEED buildings. Cisco, led by the undeniably approachable CEO John Chambers, is embarking on a plan […]
Green buildings, with their natural light and excellent indoor air quality, have the potential to make a big difference in the healthcare industry. At some point, there’s going to be the world’s first LEED Platinum healthcare facility in the world and Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas just might be the location to do it. The 32-acre, $200 M project is on schedule to take LEED Platinum, if everything goes as planned. The pictures are magnificent and we here at Jetson Green think it would be great if no one ever had to go inside! TBG Partners was kind enough to provide photos of the work they’re doing on the project, which includes site planning, sustainable design, and landscape architectural services.
I’m loving the fact that prefab buyers are starting blogs to journal their process — it’s quite informational for everyone out there that would like to do the same. There’s a blog called the Secret Fortress Hideout documenting the progress of a "super-cool, prefab home ‘somewhere’ in the wilds of Northwest Arkansas." They’re in the final stages of construction, and I’m excitedly waiting final photos of both the exterior and interior.
It is, as you can tell from the images, a Rocio Romero designed home, the LVL Model. The LVL Model is 1,453 sf and 25’1" x 59’6", including a living room, dining room, kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and closets. Click here to buy your own (it is Christmas after all, why not?).
This is the San Francisco Sunset Idea House for 2007, and it's one of the first LEED Certified residential remodeled homes in the nation. This home is unique from other Sunset Idea Houses in that it's in a dense urban area on a compact site. There are two-units and the smaller one, which is about 1,200 sf, is reportedly on sale for $1,089,000. No word on whether the larger, 3,600 sf unit will be for sale.
Many of you already know of FLOR, the carpet tile company that sells carpet squares that you piece together to make your own unique rug. But did you know that FLOR is an eco-conscious company. The company has a mission to eliminate any negative environmental impact by 2020. Already, their waste sent to landfills has been cut by 63% and their absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 56%. Many of their tile collections are made with recycled content, such as Fedora, which is made of 80% post-consumer fibers. Another product, Terra, is made of 34% PLA, which is a renewable corn-based resource.
FLOR has a great range of styles, texture, colors, and patterns. FLOR even has a reclaim program where they take back your old tiles and recycle them into new products.
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.
As a Jetson Green reader, you probably love efficient, modern homes, and probably dream of building your own one day. But that may not be much help if the home you are looking for today is your next rental, or you need to live in an area where land is not available to build your own place. You may find yourself looking at existing homes instead. (Existing homes account for 85% of the homes sold each year, and more of the rentals).