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Modern Solar Powered LED Lights Taking Off

Solar Cynergy has developed a self-contained, in ground, solar-powered LED light that can be used in residential, commercial, and city applications.  Eliminating the need for batteries, these solar LED lights use Nichia condenser technology to provide blue, green, white, halogen white, and red lighting.  With the simple design of having everything built in, there’s no need for complicated wiring, and they’re strong enough to withstand the pressure of a tank.  As you can see, the lights are embedded into the ground to create various design and lighting effects.  Initially a Japanese innovation, Solar Cynergy introduced the lights at Lightfair International 2007, and business has taken off!  I can imagine that the opportunities are endless with this kind of technology.  More images below.


By |September 10th, 2007|Categories: Gadgets, Solar|Tags: , |7 Comments
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Shaming Building Owners into Using Less Energy

A quick, but interesting, little tidbit of information … in Haringey, a city in the UK, the city council hired a company to use a military-style plane outfitted with a thermal imaging […]

By |September 9th, 2007|Categories: Conservation, Energy Efficiency, Gadgets, News|0 Comments
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Portland City Storage Brings Big Solar (S2)

I sat on this post for a while trying to find up-to-date information on its status but was unable to locate anything.  This is a storage facility planned for the east bank of the Willamette River.  Typical storage facilities can take up to 30 acres, but this one, designed for house boats, recreational vehicles, and storage pods, is going to be maxed out on 3 acres.  The taller tower rises 22 stories into the sky and uses a giant mechanical arm capable of lifting 40,000 lbs.  Interestingly, the project is planning construction to LEED Platinum standards and will include more than 175,000 sf of solar panels (making it the largest solar facility in the northwest).  With the estimated project costs at about $40 M, Portland City Storage also plans to rehabilitate the riverfront property adjacent to the towers. 


By |September 9th, 2007|Categories: Gadgets, Land Use, LEED, Modern architecture, Skyscraper, Solar|Tags: , |0 Comments
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V2G Technology, Healthy Design, Hot Greentech, Small Wind + America's Greenest City (WIR)

Vehicle to Grid Technology – Power to the people: run your house on a Prius.  Fitter. Happier. Better. Greener.  Science shows sustainable design does more than help the Earth, it makes you […]

By |September 8th, 2007|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Gadgets, News, Week in Review, Wind|Tags: , |0 Comments
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PieceHomes Set to Premiere at Dwell on Design

PieceHomes is a new modern prefab offering by Davis Studio Architecture + Design, set to debut in about a week at Dwell on Design.  Notice the interesting tagline — "pH: for a balanced home."  Nice.  PieceHomes plans to distinguish itself among the pack by providing custom and standardized, modern, modular architecture that is green and affordable.  With a variety of home designs taking shape, pieceHomes will be available this fall and manufactured by XtremeHomes.  Take a gander at the website and some of the home designs.  I’m particularly intrigued by the Container House, 3×4, and Solar Passage (all pictured in this post).  Like many prefabs, pieceHomes also will be designed to incorporate solar panels, green roofs, and other environmental features that fit home site conditions.  It’ll be nice to see some of these renderings in real life. 


By |September 7th, 2007|Categories: Container Design, Materials, Modern architecture, News, Prefab, Solar|Tags: |0 Comments
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WCG Volunteers Get Full Conference Pass Free

As you may already know, Jetson Green is a proud media sponsor of West Coast Green, the first and largest residential green building expo and conference.  I’ve received word that West Coast Green is seeking volunteers to help staff this year’s conference, to be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco on September 20th – 22nd. As a volunteer, you will provide crucial support enabling the success of the event. Volunteers also have the amazing opportunity to see over 250 exhibitors of the latest innovative building materials, hear from the 220 leaders and visionaries in green building, and experience how beautiful green can be firsthand by walking through the mkLotus show house by Michelle Kaufmann, celebrated architect of the Sunset Glidehouse.


By |September 6th, 2007|Categories: Modern architecture, News|Tags: |0 Comments

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