• NHG_02house_11

IceStone, Gorgeous Green Countertops

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. 


By |October 15th, 2007|Categories: Gadgets, LEED, Materials, Modern design, Recycled|7 Comments
  • solardecathlon

Solar Decathlon: Attactive Green Homes

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.


By |October 14th, 2007|Categories: News, Solar|Tags: , , |0 Comments
  • WIRv2

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 […]

By |October 13th, 2007|Categories: News, Week in Review|Tags: , , |0 Comments
  • designe2

PBS e² Series Returns with Pitt, Morgan Freeman

"How did progress take priority over human mankind? …"  I’m the proud owner of season one of e² design, a six-part series that aired on PBS last fall.  I can’t wait for […]

By |October 13th, 2007|Categories: Conservation, Gadgets, News|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
  • inhabitfinished

Inhabit, Growing Prefab into Green Apartments

UPDATE: 5/1/08 – you can buy the original Inhabit now at Dwell.

Imagine stacking 50 to 100 prefabricated, modular units to create a high-tech, green, multifamily apartment building.  That’s what Unico is all about.  Over the last 18 months, Unico has been perfecting the development of a 15′ x 45′ foot box referred to as "Inhabit."  The company started with idea of using shipping containers, but they later decided to build the box from scratch (and may revisit the use of containers later on).  They partnered with Mithun and Hybrid Architecture, both major innovators in the modern and green space. 


By |October 12th, 2007|Categories: LEED, Modern architecture, Multifamily, Prefab|Tags: , |0 Comments
  • frayne

Windbelt Micro-wind, 10 Times Cheaper Wind Energy!!

[Run time: 2:05 min]  I hope you enjoy this short video of Shawn Frayne, a young inventor that has created this device to generate, on the micro-scale, energy for LED lights and radios in digg_url = ‘http://digg.com/environment/Windbelt_Microwind_10_Times_Cheaper_Wind_Energy’; developing countries.  This is the first approach that uses aeroelastic flutter to create super cheap electricity.  We’re talking about changing the way wind energy is harvested and captured.  Frayne won a 2007 Breakthrough Award from Popular Mechanics, and he deserves it.  This incredible technology is 10-30 times more efficient than the best micro-turbines.  So, Frayne hopes to fund third-world distribution of the Windbelt through sales in first-world applications.  So inspiring … 

UPDATE:  EcoGeek reports that Shawn Frayne has launched the website for Humdinger Wind Energy.  Soon, according to the website, developer kits are going to be available for schools, researchers, and independents.


By |October 11th, 2007|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Gadgets, News, Wind|Tags: , |54 Comments

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