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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.
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.
This articles was written by one of Jetson Green’s newest writers, Sarah Roe, an artist, art educator, and passionate environmentalist. As you can tell from the article below, she has considerable knowledge and experience with green materials. Welcome!
Here is one of the best looking, green countertop products on the market. And it is beautiful!! IceStone is made of 70-75% recycled material (glass mostly); of that, the post-consumer percentage is quite low (1-20%) but it is still a great product for LEED certification applications. IceStone is available in a wide variety of colors, some very bright and some neutral. My favorites are the Alpine White and White Pearl for neutrals and the Pistachio Pearl (green) for a bright accent. This product is just as beautiful in person as you would hope for it to be. It feels similar to Corian, even more stone-like, but it looks much more beautiful because of the array of glass moving through it. Some colors, usually on the more expensive side, even have white iridescent pieces of shell throughout, which is a gorgeous touch.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a friend on the scene in Washington D.C., providing us these exclusive shots from the Solar Decathlon. The Solar Decathlon joins 20 college and university teams in a competition to design, build, and operate the most attractive and energy-efficient solar-powered house. And, as you can see from these images, this place is flooded with visitors. I bet many of them are asking themselves, “what would it take to live in a home like that?” “Why can’t I get a home like that?” We’re seeing the essence of Jetson Green on display — this is the ultimate confluence of modern + green.
McMansion Backlash, Green Realtors, Cradle to Cradle, Sustainable City Governance, + Mass-produced Green Buildings (WIR)
The Swelling McMansion backlash – tactics include energy-consumption restrictions, petitions, and outright building moratoriums. Realtors Sell Green – specialized training boosts real estate agents’ eco credibility. Hyper-green products go ‘Cradle […]