Vampire energy, aka phantom loads, is estimated to cost U.S. consumers about $3 billion per year. I know, it’s not really that much … I mean, if you break it down to the individual level, that’s only $10 per person ($3 billion / 300 million). But the point is, it’s money that goes in the pocketbook of energy companies and their shareholders — it’s not going in yours. The chart above is courtesy of GOOD, the magazine that always brings a full-page spread to otherwise obfuscatory information.
The original website for this house by Architekt Kuczia is not in english, so here’s a quick synopsis of some of the details: "The construction costs of this simple house were low and the lifecycle costs will be reduced. The built form is designed to optimize the absorbance of solar energy. 80% of the building envelope is directed towards the sun. “Black box”, a three storey structure clad with dark fibre cement panels, is warmed by the sun and offers a view on the lake." Notice the living roof? Via WAN.
There’s major action in the data center world, with all sorts of facilities aiming for energy-efficient centers and LEED buildings. Cisco, led by the undeniably approachable CEO John Chambers, is embarking on a plan to green their business. It kind of feels like a revival of the old Japanese, waste-elimination era, but there’s progress in areas other than efficiency. Here’s what they’re doing:
- 17,400 sf office in Chesterfield Ridge Center (St. Louis Regional Sales HQ) received LEED certification;
- Their Carbon to Collaboration Initiative aims to reduce company GHG emissions from air travel by 10 %;
- They hired Paul Marcoux, one of the founders of The Green Grid, to drive green initiatives inside and outside the company – he’s become known as the company "Green Guru."
Yes, the greening of business is something we’re going to keep seeing. ##
Tom Konrad is an Analyst at Alternative Energy Stocks, where he writes about investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency companies. This article is a guest post for Jetson Green.
As a Jetson Green reader, you probably love efficient, modern homes, and probably dream of building your own one day. But that may not be much help if the home you are looking for today is your next rental, or you need to live in an area where land is not available to build your own place. You may find yourself looking at existing homes instead. (Existing homes account for 85% of the homes sold each year, and more of the rentals).
AKA Architetti just won an international competition for their development of a single-family home prototype that’s low-energy and very stylish. Their design, pictured above and below, will be commercialized in Germany, Switzerland, and Italy, with the first units in Darb, Germany in 2008. The residential prototype calls for eco-friendly materials, photovoltaics on the pitched roof, and energy-saving devices and appliances. The home will be sufficiently roomy at a decent 1,400 sf big, too.
The newest not-so-weeHouse, which is also the first weeHouse in a major city, is having an open house next week. This is your chance to tour a prefab if you’re in the area! Located at 4221 Ewing Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Oeschger weeHouse is 2,200 sf with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. They used four boxes in constructing the home with the following green features: high-R foam insulation, Kohler dual-flush toilets, bamboo floors and detailing, natural cedar siding, and floor-to-ceiling windows. The Urban weeHouse will be open for viewing on December 14, 2007, from 4 – 7 pm. Who knows, maybe you’ll end up with a weeHouse for Christmas?