I can't believe it took me this long to learn about Jetson Green, but thankfully I have and I was able to see their list of 62 Innovative Green Homes of 2009. It is an extremely comprehensive list of the green homes they have covered over the last year. I appreciated the fact they had a picture of each of those homes which links to the blog post they've written on each one.
In their "About Us" section Jetson Green says:
Jetson Green is a daily updated magazine that's obsessed with green building and everything related to it, including sustainable architecture, good design, green prefab, clean technology in the built environment, affordable housing, and eco-friendly development. Our goal is this: to help you become as obsessed with green building as we are.
For example of the types of homes on the list, some of the green features of this Green home in Atlanta (where Mapawatt is based!) are:
- Solar hot water
- High efficiency 19 SEER HVAC
- Soy-based spray foam insulation
- Efficient, aluminum clad windows
- Steel construction
- Bosch Energy Star appliances
- Dual flush Caroma toilets
- Rapidly renewable Plyboo bamboo flooring
- Low-VOC paints and adhesives
- Low maintenance, zero water landscaping
Another home they featured in the list (and seen at the top of this post) was Unity House's Leed Platinum pre-fab. Some of its green features include:
- Photovoltaic panels
- Passive solar heating
- Geothermal heat pump
- Air lock entry system
- Heat recovery ventilator
- Low VOC paints, finishes and stains
- Extensive use of recycled materials
- Minimal construction waste
After scrolling through the list, one feature I'd like to see more of in Green Homes is more normalcy! I appreciate modern architecture, but there seemed to be an overwhelming abundance of modern, cubist style green homes. I'm sure a large portion of home-buyers would like to see homes that look just like ones they grew up in, just way more efficient and less toxic!
When we build our next house in a few years, I will definitely use Jetson Green as a resource on some of the top green building techniques out there!