You’ve probably heard of the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company … their houses have been featured in Time, Domino, USA Today, and the New York Times, to name a few publications. The home pictured above is different from their other homes, which have that traditional, A-frame-esque shape. All Tumbleweed homes are sufficiently small, but this home is modern. It’s 400 sf of green modern. The Z-Glass House is a stationary house, meant to be affixed to a foundation. You buy the plans and find a contractor to build it for you (with costs ranging in the $100 – $200 psf range). Or you can build it yourself. Check the layout, too. Such a great looking home, with a kitchen, bedroom, living room, and bathroom, what else do you need? Add a little solar on the roof, or maybe even a Skystream, and call it done.
Last week, former President George H. W. Bush installed a 33-foot tall, Skystream 3.7 wind turbine to provide energy for the Bush’s Kennebunkport home. The Bushes were courted by Southwest Windpower, one of the forerunners in small-wind innovation, and after looking at the pros and cons, they decided to take the plunge. The turbine is connected to the grid and feeds excess power to the system.
Since the home is their summer home, it will probably have a substantial credit from all the energy they’re feeding into the system during the winter. The Bushes decided to purchase the turbine for financial and environmental reasons, but they’re also setting a good example, too. Via Portland Press Herald.
Bedrock Industries is a very cool green company. They use 100% recycled glass and are committed to never using any new material. What they do with this glass is just as cool; they use it for tiles, art projects, glass dinnerware, crushed stone pathways and colored sand, and even sell it to be used as mosaic material or as a substrate in homemade green concrete countertops. They have a great range of colors ranging from red, yellow and brown to turquoise, pink and purple. Their tiles are beautiful and come in many shapes, including some very unusual shapes like leafs and flower petals.
Cascade Built recently finished construction on Jackson Place Townhomes, a two-unit, urban infill project built to LEED Silver certification (currently only registered). As you can tell, it has that undeniable modern appeal, which is stylishly intertwined with green construction and design. For $485,000, you could walk away with one of these 2 bedroom, 1.75 bath, 1260 sf townhomes. Good design is a like a square footage multiplier — the better the design, the smaller your space requirements.