Remember earlier this week when we talked about the Margarido House, you know that posh, modern home that’s about to be the first LEED-H Platinum home in Northern California? Well, the always entertaining Sally Kuchar of SallyTV has just posted these videos and we thought it’d be fun to share. You might know Sally from her recent work designing the Silicon Valley Dwell Nexthouse, but she’s also a regular contributor to Apartment Therapy SF and MoCo Loco. I can’t help but watch these videos and think about the endless possibilities presented by thoughtful design and modern green materials.
I like to think that the smartest, most entrepreneurial people are reading this blog and making a difference in their own sphere of the world. Actually, I know you are because I get your emails and comments and am always encouraged by the information sharing. So I’m thinking we should kick it up a notch and someone out there, some Jetson Green reader, needs to win this Urban Re:Vision Re:Construct Competition. The general goal of the competition is to uncover and reward innovation in sustainable materials and building practices. Anything seems to be on the table, from planning codes to toilets, dry walls to moveable walls, etc. You may create some new way to create a structure, a new technique, or a something else.
Submissions are due September 15, 2008 and winners will be announced at West Coast Green. Here are some ideas to get you thinking:
This is an interior shot of the new Vivavi Pop-Up Store at The Riverhouse in Battery Park City. I was emailing with Josh Dorfman, founder and CEO of Vivavi, about the store prior to the giveaway last week and he’s pretty excited about the designers slated for the store. You may notice the Girado chairs, Signature 2.0 console, club chair & ottoman, and Spring Chairs, but probably one of my favorite designs in the store is the artwork by Sandy Schimmel. I’ve included a few images below — they’re made from junk mail scraps.
This is part of the Jetson Green birthday giveaway, so make sure to leave a comment by midnight Friday, July 25, 2008, if you want to be considered for the contest.*
Ever the activist, environmentalist and friend of Jetson Green, Josh Dorfman has contributed two items to be given away with this article. You’ve probably heard of Josh through his website and Sirius Satellite Radio show, The Lazy Environmentalist. He’s also the author of The Lazy Environmentalist: Your Guide to Easy, Stylish, and Green Living, which he generously autographed and provided for this giveaway. You may also know about Josh’s ventures with Modern Green Living and Vivavi, both of which we’ve mentioned previously. Vivavi has some serious green eye candy — but the one for our focus is the Ripple 3d Recycled Wallpaper.
Just recently, Sustainable Industries announced their list of the Top 10 Green Building Products for 2008. To get that magic number of 10 products, SI accepted roughly 80 nominations and narrowed those products down based on their ability to meet the following criteria: LEED compatibility, environmental performance, value, scalability / market impact, innovativeness, and design aesthetic. Without further ado, here are the Top 10 Green Building Products for 2008:
Lumeta has developed what’s said to be the world’s first commercial-scale, "peel and stick" solar modules called Lumeta Power-Ply 380. The Power-Ply solar modules use adhesives to attach to the roof, making the system a cinch to install. The short video below shows two guys installing six modules on a roof in roughly 34 minutes — it seems so simple anyone could do it! Of note, the 4′ x 8′ modules don’t require roof penetrations or mounting systems, as opposed to most solar power systems. You may also note that the flat roof style installation sacrifices the optimal solar angle (and loses about 5% of the power production), but Lumeta is confident that the benefits to the peel and stick solar product outweigh the slight losses in production.