• centerurbanag

Seattle Off-Grid Concept Combines Chickens, Crops + Sustainable Living (S2)

In the heart of Seattle, the design professionals at Mithun see a farm rising vertically into the sky.  Although it may never be built, the Center for Urban Agriculture (CUA) won “Best of Show” in the Cascadia Region Green Building Council’s Living Building Challenge.  Vertically constructed on a .72 acre site, the off-grid building is designed to be completely energy and water sufficient and will include 318 affordable apartments (studio – 2 bedroom).  And on top of that, there will be greenhouses, rooftop gardens, a chicken farm, and fields for growing vegetables and grains. 

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  • OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Building the Goodwin-Wise Flatpak

It’s taken about two years, but the Goodwin-Wise Flatpak is finally becoming a reality, as you can see from these images.  This home is in Massachusetts, and for those of you looking for prefab on the east coast, Flatpak is certainly an option.  I really like how the house is tucked into the enveloping landscape, almost camouflaged from the entry way.  See more at Amy Goodwin’s blog and photo album; via MoCo Loco. 

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By |September 15th, 2007|Categories: Materials, Modern architecture, Modern design, Prefab, Vegetation|Tags: |0 Comments
  • WIRv2

Net Metering, Minimum Floor Areas, Kendall House, Green Banks + Natural Landscaping (WIR)

The Grid Impacts of Net Metering Big Steps in Building: Ban Minimum Floor Areas Kendall House in Miami is a model of efficiency and low environmental impact.  Who’s the greenest […]

By |September 15th, 2007|Categories: Conservation, Energy Efficiency, Gadgets, Land Use, News, Vegetation, Week in Review|Tags: |0 Comments
  • mitsolarhouse

Solar Decathlon Teams Using Warmboard

Twenty teams have been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to compete in the 2007 Solar Decathlon, which takes place in Washington D.C. from October 12-20, 2007.  As part of the competition, teams are challenged to design, build, and operate the most attractive, energy-efficient solar-powered home.  Using only energy from the sun and with an eye towards modern design, teams meticulously choose the products and materials that go into their home.  Interestingly, at least five teams, including MIT, UT-Austin, U. of Maryland, U. of Cincinnati, and Lawrence Technological University, are using the Warmboard Radiant Subfloor system.  I’ve noticed the increasing use of Warmboard in several green projects, so I thought I would do a small post on the subject.

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By |September 13th, 2007|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Gadgets, Materials, News, Solar|Tags: |0 Comments
  • nodularhouse_5

Nodul(ar) House: Simple, Efficient, Variable

This weekend at Dwell on Design (this is a sneak peak), Jeriko House and Patrick Tighe are going to announce a watershed collaboration on a new kind of prefab, the Nodul(ar) House.  Readers of Jetson Green are familiar with Jeriko House, a Louisiana-based prefab company that we’ve written about here and here.  Architect Patrick Tighe is well known and highly accomplished, including two major achievements:  National AIA Young Architect (2006) and Rome Prize fellowship in architecture (2006-2007).

I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with both Patrick Tighe and Shawn Burst, the CEO of Jeriko House, about the Nodul(ar) House.

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By |September 13th, 2007|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab|Tags: , |0 Comments
  • houseoffswitch

Nascent Home Tech Aims to Slash Energy Hogs

When I was growing up, if there was an errant light or something on, my dad would take my brothers and sisters into the room and say something like, […]

By |September 11th, 2007|Categories: Conservation, Energy Efficiency, Gadgets, Materials|Tags: |0 Comments
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