Windows That Help with LEED Certification

This is the third installment in our series called Energy-Efficient Windows 101 made possible by Marvin Windows and Doors. In the previous article, I discussed some of the product options available for your energy-efficient windows. For this article I want to focus on how Marvin windows contribute towards a home’s efficiency and LEED certification.

Windows and Energy Efficiency

Windows are a weak point in the envelope of a home and can make a home uncomfortable or drafty. However, that doesn’t have to be the case with products available from Marvin. Energy-efficient windows and doors can help reduce energy bills by up to 15%, according to the Energy Star website, and Marvin has more than 150,000 options for meeting or exceeding Energy Star requirements. Marvin has dual- and triple-pane windows, various low-E coatings, insulating gases like argon and krypton, and several choices of framing materials.

Windows and LEED Certification

As you probably know, windows themselves can’t obtain LEED certification but they may contribute towards certification for a project or home. Marvin windows may help contribute toward LEED-H points in several categories relating to energy performance, construction waste management, recycled content, regional materials,daylighting and views, and certified wood.

Try the Smart Performance Promotion

Marvin is running a Smart Performance Promotion giving one lucky homeowner $5,000 toward the purchase of new Marvin windows and doors. In connection with the promotion, the company published a collection of energy efficiency and other home improvement tips from Lou Manfredini, a homebuilder, contributor to the Today Show, and host of HouseSmarts TV.

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Shipping Containers used in Multi Family Home Build

Shipping Container Home

Shipping Containers will be used in a luxury multifamily home build; the site of construction is located in Detroit and will start in early 2013. Recycling 93 Shipping containers, this project is thought to be the first in the US and the hope is to easily replicate the build.

Three Squared Inc (environmental consulting firm)  is the company behind the Rosa Parks condo project and it was designed by local architect Steven Flum. The containers will be converted and stacked to make a 4 story dwelling which will make 20 separate liveable units, each with ducted reverse cycle air and tankless water heating. The actual construction time per unit and cost efficiencies make this project attractive, though the total costs will be a test as to the feasibility of future multifamily container home projects.

This is an interesting project, as it will offer a significant price reduction on singular dwelling container home projects. We will follow this closely and keep you updated on the progress when more information is released.

Timber Homes and Their Advantages

When choosing your next home don’t look past the simple timber construction, with all the latest modern building materials and building techniques on the market it is often an overlooked choice of an all timber home. Timer is extremely versatile and has unparalleled eco properties, with the total environmental impact of production being much less that steel or concrete.

Timer homes that are made from re-grown trees are a great example of sustainable building resources, and when built the insulation properties of the correct timer will allow you to retain heat keeping you several degrees warmer than with other materials.

Timber Homes and their eco properties

With no restrictions on the size of the build it is only limited by your budget and imagination. It is extremely flexible material that can be fabricated to any build, a timber house that is well built will be strong and long lasting, even outlasting seemingly stronger and more modern materials, this along with an added advantage of easy modification if you decide to extend or add features.

  • Natural
  • Sustainable
  • Long lasting and durable
  • Flexible in build and modification
  • Low environmental impact
  • Aesthetically pleasing

Blu Homes Announces Discount for those Affected by Sandy

Blu Homes Pre Fab Houses

Energy Efficient Home by Blu Homes Built To Last

For those affected by hurricane Sandy Bue Homes is offering a discount to help get you back into a new home at a discount. Along with this great offer they it in record time.

It has been a few months  now and if you are looking to get back on your feet, you can do so in an energy  efficient Pre Fab home by Blu Homes. With a host of customizable options and a build time of 5 to 9 months this is is a great offer. There is a wide range of design to chose from for your new Pre Fab home along with materials and energy saving features.

Regarding a Transition at Jetson Green

I’m writing with mixed emotions to announce a transition at Jetson Green. Jetson Green, LLC has closed the sale of this website (JetsonGreen.com together with related assets, lists, profiles, etc), and I will focus on family and other endeavors. I still have a couple/few articles that will be published, but you’ll see a lot less of me and more of the new owners and editorial management in the coming days.

Please accept my heartfelt thanks for your readership over the years.

I’ve come to know many readers and companies, and it’s been an absolute blast. This site started as an MBA project, and I guess I never saw myself becoming a publisher like this. With pursuits during the day as a transactional attorney and a growing site, in the last couple years I took on a pace that was completely unsustainable.

While I will not be with you here at Jetson Green, I’ll always be with you in my passion for green homes, sustainable prefab, natural materials, and green technology. I don’t know all the answers, but I think stuff is a critical aspect of our daily existence. Perhaps we’ll cross paths again in the future.

If you know me, though, you know I want to keep things short. I’m excited to see Jetson Green in new hands and hopeful for its future. I wish you a happy holiday season and nothing but the best. Should you need to contact me for anything, I’m at prestonkoerner@yahoo.com.

With appreciation for more than six awesome years of publishing!

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MeterPlug Helps Save Money and Energy

Here’s a neat piece of pre-production technology called MeterPlug.  MeterPlug measures electricity consumption by plugging in between any appliance and the AC outlet.  The smart plug uses Bluetooth 4.0 to send data to your smartphone and enable features like proximity control, manual on/off, and vampire power shield.  In other words, with a range of about 100 feet and a smartphone, it’s easy to shut down appliances or calculate the costs of standby power.  Each plug is a little expensive right now, but if you want to try MeterPlug, you can pledge support at Indiegogo.

[+] More about MeterPlug smart plugs via Indiegogo.

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Greenfab Takes Prefab to IBS Las Vegas

If you’re planning on the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, expect to see not one but two modular homes built by Greenfab, the builder behind this modular, LEED Platinum home.  The first home is a modified version of Greenfab’s 2100 Series home with 2,100 square feet, up to four bedrooms, and a master suite that opens to a large roof deck.

The second has a 2,300 square-foot plan with an outdoor deck for entertaining.  Both prefab homes will pursue LEED Platinum certification, according to Greenfab.

Some of the green features of a Greenfab home include high R-value insulation, windows that allow natural lighting, durable siding, energy-efficient lighting, Energy Star appliances, water-efficient fixtures, dual-flush toilets, recycled-content materials, etc.

[+] More about the Greenfab modular homes going to IBS 2013.

Credits: Greenfab.

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13 Reasons to Plan a Foam-Free Enclosure

Spray foam has been the subject of much discussion in green building circles.  Whether the concern is installation safety or global warming potential or better energy performance, it seems there’s no shortage of debate.  Along these lines, the guys at 475 High Performance Building Supply, a Brooklyn-based provider of products for high-performance projects, have a list describing 13 ways foam fails, starting with the “dangerous toxic ingredients.

1.)  Dangerous toxic ingredients
2.)  Irredeemable global warming potential
3.)  Unacceptably high fire hazard
4.)  Hypersensitive on-site manufacturing
5.)  Intolerant of adverse job site conditions
6.)  Unhealthy off-gassing
7.)  Counterproductive vapor retarder/barrier
8.)  Terribly hygrophobic
9.)  Weak and unpredictable air control
10.)  Inflexible and prone to cracking
11.)  Excessive shrinkage
12.)  Difficult to identify and repair air leaks
13.)  Degrading thermal insulation values

So therefore why not go “foam free” in the building enclosure, says architect Ken Levenson with 475 High Performance Building Supply. What do you think about this list? If not foam free, then why?

[+] Foam Fails by 475 High Performance Building Supply.

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Strawbale Housing, Eco Pragmatists, Greenbuild Infographic, + Drought Damages

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First Unity Prefab Assembled in Three Days

A couple months ago I mentioned the launch of Unity Homes, a new brand of prefab homes by Bensonwood, and this is the first Unity home.  It’s located in Brattleboro, Vermont and the on-site assembly took just three days — with a weather-tight shell in two days.  The Xyla plan has factory-built wall and roof panels that are wrapped and shipped vertically.  The walls are guided in place with a crane and anchored, and then the roof panels are set.  After that the crew works on taping seams, installing trim, and finishing the siding.  It’s quite the process!

[+] More about the first Unity Home in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Credits: Unity Homes.

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