Steve Wozniak, Notables to Speak at West Coast Green

Wozniak Today, it was announced that Steve Wozniak, ‘The Woz‘, will be speaking at West Coast Green on Thursday, September 20.  On the same day, he will be joined by Bob Berkebile, a 30 year veteran of environmental innovation, and Sarah Susanka, the author of the well-known book The Not So Big House.  Then on Friday, Ray Anderson, CEO/Chairman of Interface Inc. and author of Mid-Course Correction, will speak.  He will be joined by Erin Brokovich.  And on the last day of the event, Ed Begeley Jr. will speak.  Attendees of West Coast Green also will be able to hear from Ed Mazria, Hunter Lovins, and Mayor Gavin Newsome, to name a few notables. 

Because Jetson Green is a partner with West Coast Green, those that want to attend can have a 20% discount on your full conference registration.  Please enter the following promotional code when registering to receive discount:  jg3554.  Register at West Coast Green or call 1-800-724-4880.

By |August 28th, 2007|News|0 Comments

TrailerWrap Project, Mobile Home to Modern Pad

TrailerWrap Project

Exploring issues of sustainability and energy efficiency, the TrailerWrap Project aims to provide simple, affordable solutions to improve conditions in mass-produced, low-cost mobile homes.  Mobile homes are a prolific form of living, and important one, but they can be inefficient, ugly, and uncomfortable to live in.  So the University of Colorado at Denver College of Architecture cooked up sketches and prototypes, a kit to transform the common mobile home.  And now, that process is complete and they have the first actual TrailerWrap home.  I’m completely blown away by the results. 

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By |August 27th, 2007|Affordable, Modern architecture, Prefab|0 Comments

Michigan Home Skystream Video, Small Wind Benefits

Michigan Skystream

The Skystream here cost about $13k (including installation) and is intended to provide roughly 30-70% of the home’s energy, depending on weather conditions.  The video is interesting in that it shows the community reaction to the turbine: they love it.  Skystream turbines are good for places that have more than 1/2 acre of land and zoning that allows structures more than 42 feet tall.  Experts say the system should pay for itself over time, even without Michigan incentives.  Also visit the Skystream website. 

By |August 27th, 2007|Conservation, Energy Efficiency, Gadgets, News, Wind|0 Comments

Truro Residence, Zero Energy Modern Beach House

Truro Residence

Let’s talk about zero energy architecture and the Truro Residence.  It’s an amazing residence, currently under construction on one of Cape Cod’s beaches in Massachusetts.  Designed by Independence Energy Homes (IEH) and being constructed by Silvia and Silvia, the Truro Residence is meant to accommodate a large family and friends and still remain environmentally responsible.  When complete, it will have a tight building envelope, a geothermal heating system, solar photovoltaic system, tank-less water heaters, compact fluorescent lighting, and Energy Star appliances.  The home also will feature popular green materials such as bamboo flooring, blue-jean insulation, and natural stone.

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Jetson Green Partners with West Coast Green

West Coast Green I’d like to make it easy for you to attend West Coast Green 2007.  This will mark our 1st year as a premiere Media Partner with the nation’s largest residential green building conference and trade show. The event takes place on September 20-22, 2007, at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, CA. The first two days of the conference are reserved for trade only, and on day three, the doors open to homeowners. 

Taking a walk on the trade show floor of West Coast Green will provide you with hundreds of ideas on how to green your home; from simple items like eco-friendly paints and sustainable home furnishings to building a green home from the ground up.  West Coast Green has gone the distance to find and showcase the best green building resources, exhibits, trainings, presentations, and educational tracks, while ensuring you have an unparalleled experience.

Highlights for 2007 include:

  • 275 exhibitors displaying the latest in green design and building products
  • 250 renowned speakers and visionaries
  • The Futures Room – filled with green innovations soon to come
  • Green Built Pre-fabricated Home – designed by Michelle Kaufmann and built by Extreme Homes, to be placed on City County Plaza directly across from West Coast Green for the duration of the conference and will be open for West Coast Green attendees to tour (the mkLotus).

As a special gift, I’m proud to announce, by the generosity of West Coast Green, a 20% discount on your full conference registration.  Please enter the following promotional code when registering to receive discount:  jg3554.  Register at West Coast Green or call 1-800-724-4880. 

By |August 24th, 2007|Energy Efficiency, LEED, News, Prefab, Water Efficiency|0 Comments

JoT House – Handsome, Approachable Prefab?

Jot

What do you get with prefab?  (1) modular economies of scale and supposedly less construction waste, (2) labor efficient construction process, (3) ease of variability or parts interchangeability, and (4) the possibility of green, energy efficient homes, if you make that happen.  Jot Homes is backed by Yeh + Jarrard, who built the prototype JoT House in Joshua Tree (get it? JOshua Tree?) for a jaw-dropping $48 psf way back in 2004.  It seems that one of the ways they kept the costs down was by using a "central utility core" for the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry supplies.  Simple plumbing is cheaper, right?!  In addition, they use SIPs and sustainable harvested birch plywood (as opposed to fir plywood that comes from old growth), Forbo Marmoleum and cork tiles for the flooring, double-glazed low-E glass for the windows, and LED lighting technology.  Kitchen and cabinetry fixtures were all sourced from IKEA, too.

Currently, JoT House is planning some new stuff for release in early 2008 or so.  They will have the JoT Original, JoT ‘L’, and the JoT Two-story ‘Urban JoT’, with standard model prices at $210k, $260k, and $300k, respectively.  That works out to roughly $180 psf.  If you’re going after the mini-JoT, that starts at about $45k+.  And multiple mini-JoTs can be put together, too.  Let’s keep an eye out for new developments in 2008, and check the detail in some of the images below.

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