Luxe Desert Prefab Now Available in Moab

This vacation home was designed and built by Marmol Radziner Prefab for a 71-acre site in the red rocks of Moab, Utah. Pursuant to a listing with Sotheby’s International Realty, the home, which is located at 130 Hidden Valley, has three sides of floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors with a view of the acreage and surrounding BLM land. The 2,500-square-foot modern prefab (which is green to the extent that MRP used dual-pane windows/doors, an energy-efficient HVAC system and appliances, and eco-friendly materials) has two bedrooms, two and a half baths, a pool, and a price of $2,995,000.

[+] More about 130 Hidden Valley at Sotheby’s International Realty.

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Bornay Two-Blade Small Wind Turbines

It’s been a while since I’ve seen anything new in the world of small wind, but I recently noticed that Bornay turbines from Spain are now distributed in the United States.  The company has several models, including two-blade models rated at 600 watts, 1500 watts, and 3000 watts, and a three-blade model rated at 6000 watts.  The Bornay 1500, for example, is about a nine-foot turbine that weighs 90 pounds and cuts in at winds of six mph.  The 1500-watt kit is sold for $20,000 by Electrex Industrial Services.

[+] Video: how Bornay produces small wind turbines.

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Alva: An Edison Inspired LED Lamp

Luke Anderson started with a reasonable request for $4,000 on Kickstarter, and he reached funding in 24 hours.  Now, with 14 days left, Anderson has $25,000 in support for Alva — The Lightbulb Lamp.  It’s 8.5″ wide by 17.5″ tall and comes in brown, white, or black ceramic base options.  The lamp is powered by a replaceable LED with a hand-shaped filament.  Alva* looks like a classic early Edison bulb, but it’s a lot bigger and will retail after the Kickstarter campaign for $550.

*Alva, an apt name for this lamp, is Thomas Edison’s middle name.

[+] More about Alva the Lightbulb Lamp by Luke Anderson.

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Snoozebox is a Portable Container Hotel

Snoozebox is poised to take advantage of an alignment of circumstances with the Olympics in London.  The company provides temporary lodging in the form of portable, stackable, scalable hotel rooms made with shipping containers.  Snoozebox is currently providing about 320 rooms for security personnel at Hainault Forest Country Park from July 14 – August 15, 2012, according to The Financial Times.  The portable hotel can be ready within 48 hours of arriving at almost any event or location in the world, and rooms have internet, TV, a personal safe, attached bathrooms, etc.

[+] More about portable temporary hotels from Snoozebox.

Credits: Snoozebox. 

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NAHB Green Remodel of the Year 2012

This is one of the NAHB Remodeling Projects of the Year 2012 by Rocking Horse Development out of Phoenix.  Located in the Willo Historic District at 5701 N 10th Street, the home has been certified to the Emerald level by the NAHB. Key achievements for this rehab include improvements to curb appeal and an overall reduction of energy and water consumption by more than 50%.

The existing home was originally built by Ralph Haver in 1952, and Rocking Horse Development improved it with a new bathroom, kitchen, and 600-square-foot master bedroom.

To save energy, Rocking Horse added a new HVAC system, R38 insulation, a new duct system, and Energy Star appliances. For water savings, the home now has WaterSense fixtures, low-flow and automatic irrigation, and non-invasive plants and reduced grass turf consistent with a landscape design by The Ranch Mine (the company who did Castaway House).

Products used include Bosch appliances, a Rinnai tankless water heater, Dunn-Edwards low-VOC paint, Ann Sacks and 3-Form tile, American Standard dual-flush toilets, a Kohler tub, Kraus kitchen sink, Peerless kitchen faucet, Broan exhaust fans, Jeld-wen interior doors, Kohler shower fixtures, and lighting from Tiella, Artemide, NOVA68, and Possini.

The green home has 1,751 square feet, three bedrooms, and two bathrooms. It’s currently listed for sale for $359,900.

Credits: G Street.

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LiveScreen is a Mobile Urban Living Wall

LiveWall, LLC, a Michigan-based company that makes living wall systems, just announced a mobile version of the LiveWall product called LiveScreen (not to be confused with another Live Screen that we mentioned). LiveScreen is available in four models (Access, Patio, 4S, and XL) and made with a waterproof aluminum frame on wheels. The product helps people grow plants in small spaces like porches, patios, and decks.

LiveScreen is perfect for annuals, perennials, herbs, and vegetables, according to LiveWall, and can be used for easy-access gardening in any location, whether urban or suburban.

The new product uses modular planter boxes, or WallTers, of various sizes that come in six colors (beige, cool gray, wheat, cedar, sage, and salsa). With these, roots grow down and stems grow up for a healthy living wall. LiveScreen comes without irrigation, but the Plus package includes automatic irrigation components and a hose timer. Conduit tubes are hidden in the mounting tracks with built-in nozzles for mist irrigation.

Pricing is available online and depends on the options selected at checkout. Generally, LiveScreen ranges from about $1,500 – $2,900, depending on slections. That said, for a general idea, the Patio version, which is 32″ by 5 1/2′ with three tiers, sells from $1,350 or $1,895 with the Plus package.

[+] More about the LiveScreen mobile LiveWall System.

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Reclaimed Getaway Cabin on the Hillside

Imre Kovacs, a reader of Jetson Green and architect/builder of this weekend getaway cabin, shared his project with us recently, saying it cost $4,350 to build, including labor for one worker.  Located in Pomaz, Hungary, the 107-square-foot cabin was built with mostly materials reclaimed from demolition sites (timber, bricks, roof tile, rocks, etc), as well as new roof insulation, two pieces of glass, and linseed oil to treat the wood.  Kovacs owns the cabin with his wife, and they use the place to escape the city.  There’s a composting toilet, but water is provided from a well downhill and lighting is from candles.

[+] More about Imre Kovacs and his reclaimed wood furnishings.

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Study: Eco Labels Influence Home Values

A green label on a single-family home in California provides a market premium compared to a comparable home without the label, according to a new study co-authored by Nils Kok (UC-Berkeley) and Matthew E. Kahn (UCLA).  The authors found that a green home label — Energy Star, LEED, GreenPoint Rated — adds an average nine percent price premium, or about $34,800 more than homes without a green label using the average home price of $400,000 in California.

Kok and Kahn studied about 1.6 million homes sold in California from 2007 through 2012.  While controlling for variables known to influence home values — location, size, vintage, amenities — the authors claim they were able to isolate the added value, or premium, of green home labels.

In addition, the authors found two interesting points of research relating to the so-called green premium.  First, green homes sell for a higher premium in hotter climates.  The authors speculate that green labels are valued because homes in these areas cost more money to cool.  Second, the premium is positively correlated to geographies with higher registrations of hybrid vehicles.  The authors use hybrid registrations as a proxy for environmental ideology and believe the correlation suggests homeowners in these areas value the intangible qualities associated with having a green home.

In other words, “in communities with strong environmental values, residents may see green homes as a point of pride or status symbol,” said Kok in a statement announcing the new study, The Value of Green Labels in the California Housing Market.

Indeed, some of the benefits that homeowners may associate with green homes include: lower utility costs, higher quality of construction, better indoor air comfort, healthier indoor air quality, and proximity to amenities including parks, shops, and mass transit.  According to some research, demand for green building materials is expected to reach $70 billion by 2015 and green homes could become roughly 28-39% of the market by 2016.

[+] The Value of Green Labels in the California Housing Market.

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The First Passive House in Virginia

This is the first Passive House to be certified by PHIUS in Virginia.  Located at 229 Lankford Avenue in Charlottesville, Virginia, the project was designed by Giovanna Galfione-Cox and certified by John Semmelhack of Think Little.  Lankford Passive House has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, and about 2,250 square feet, according to a local real estate listing, and is offered for sale at $598,000.

Lankford Passive House met the airtightness requirement with 0.42 ACH at 50 Pascal.  For systems, the new home has an UltimateAir ERV, GE heat pump water heater, and a Mitsubishi mini-split heat pump with two indoor units.

All of the appliances are Energy Star or better and include a Bosch EcoSense dishwasher, VestFrost refrigerator from Denmark, and Schott Ceran glass-ceramic cooktop.

In terms of the construction, the green home has triple-pane Serious Windows 725 Series, double-stud wall framing, FSC-certified framing lumber and plywood, structural insulated sheathing with taped seams, a hybrid wall with nine inches of Agribalance open cell spray foam and cellulose insulation, a roof with Agribalance open cell spray foam and two inches of closed cell roof foam, a white roof, and an exterior with stucco and Western Red Cedar.

The home is solar ready and includes several other green elements, including a 1,100-gallon rainwater harvesting system, locally-sourced slate, regionally-sourced red oak floors with a water-based low-VOC finish, and building finishes from cherry and locust trees harvested on the site.

[+] More about the Lankford Passive House from The Hook.

Credits: CAAR MLS. 

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