Shipping Container Home for Orphans Inspires Environmental Awareness

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Located on a 26,000 square meter agricultural smallholding in Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, the New Jerusalem Children’s Home aims “to become one of the best children’s homes in Africa in the provision of holistic and integrated quality care to orphaned, abandoned, abused, traumatised, vulnerable and HIV positive children.” Founded in 2000 by two sisters, Anna and Phina Mojapelo, the current facilities include nurseries, dormitories, a communal kitchen and dining area, a crèche, a Montessori preschool, play area, and a permaculture vegetable garden.

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4D and A Architects worked with New Jerusalem to develop new housing and facilities and settled on the use of recycled shipping containers instead of the traditional brick and mortar option. In a heart-touching news story about the Home, broadcast by local news station, SABC, a reporter and cameramen visited after the first phase of the shipping container home project was completed.

The resulting structure is environmentally-friendly, after the architect, Sean Wall, and his team solved problems of waterproofing, the installation of a functional sanitation system, and providing for adequate insulation, while achieving a colorful, livable aesthetic and “environmentally pleasant” solution. The project was entirely funded by donations and houses thirty of the eighty children in the Home.

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The children who live here are mostly discarded at birth, and there was some resistance to the shipping container idea, as Anna and Phina were uncomfortable about putting abused and orphaned children in containers. However, the new structure has inspired the children into participating in keeping the area clean and recycling, even going so far as to call it a “five-star hotel.”

Adrienne Feldner, of organizational sponsor, Orange Babies, says, “I think it’s awful for the children to always be the recipients, to always be on the receiving end of charity and never to be in a position to give.” She says that the children’s involvement in the environmental concerns of the Home has “given them a sense of dignity.”

All developments of New Jerusalem are centered on the education of the children, as well as the protection of their environment.

If you are inspired to help the New Jerusalem Home to continue in their efforts, their website’s Get Involved page calls for volunteers, a wish list of needed items, and methods for donations. Orange Babies, a non-profit that sponsors New Jerusalem with food, medication, and baby things, accepts donations and sponsorships. The BackaBuddy website has a “donate now” button to facilitate online donations to specific causes, including the New Jerusalem Children’s Home.

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Top-10 Products from BuildingGreen [2013]

For the eleventh year, BuildingGreen has announced their list of Top-10 Green Building Products. BuildingGreen picks the products from additions to the GreenSpec Directory, coverage in Environmental Building News, and blogs on BuildingGreen. Make sure to keep this selection of residential-related winners on your radar:

Amorim Expanded Cork Rigid Insulation
Website // energy efficiency, avoids hazardous ingredients, sustainably harvested

Viridian Reclaimed Wood
Website // salvaged wood, certified wood

GeoSpring Hybrid Electric Water Heater by GE
Website // American-made, energy-conserving fixture

Haiku Fan by Big Ass Fans
Website // Energy-conserving product, quiet

Atlas CMU Block w- Carbon Cure
Website // reduces operational pollution; pre-consumer recycled content

Cyber Rain Smart Irrigation Control
Website // conserves water, cloud-based system

[+] See all Top-10 BuildingGreen Green Products.

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Live from CNU 20 beginning Wednesday!

While typically focusing on the dwelling unit here at Jetson Green this week we’ll widen our lens to the urban realm and context of our communities at the 20th Congress for the New Urbanism in West Palm Beach.

CNU 20 is the premier conference for urbanism and planning and will feature sessions on key sustainability issues such as sprawl repair, rainwater management, green infrastructure, urban agriculture, and effective messaging of sustainability.

There will be plenty of opportunities to follow along with the conference online and through social media.  CNU is dedicated to helping spread the lessons and ideas and will be hosting a live blog and posting full sessions to You Tube after the conference.

A few of the plenaries will also be streamed live which you can find out more the CNU website.  We’ll be tweeting using the hashtag #CNU20 all week and bringing you some feature content later in the week!

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Monolith is a Wall-Mount Efficient Toilet

One of the “Must-See” products of the recent Kitchen and Bath Industry Show was this wall-hung tank and carrier system from Geberit called the Monolith.  Monolith installs in construction or a renovation (if you’re interested in moving the sewer to the wall) and saves bathroom space by tucking the tank and valves behind glass.  The product comes with a couple water-efficient flush options and black or white glass, though I can’t seem to locate Monolith anywhere on the Geberit US website.  Keep your eyes open for availability.

[+] Also, how to install the Geberit Monolith at home.

Credit: Geberit. 

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No VOC Hard Wax Finish by Unearthed Paints

Unearthed Paints, maker of non-toxic and VOC-free paint, just announced a new natural Hard Wax Oil finish for wood floors, cork floors, and stone in interior surfaces.  It’s non-toxic and contains zero VOCs and “provides a natural, breathable silky-matte finish,” according to a statement by Unearthed Paints.

Hard Wax Oil is made with natural oils, resins, and waxes — no water or solvents — including linseed oil, carnauba wax, tung oil, and colophonium glycerine ester, which is produced by pine tree sap. It’s a pure solid.

A 2.5 liter can of Hard Wax Oil covers about 420 square feet and is currently selling on Unearthed Paints’ website for $98.  It can be applied with a brush, roller, or floor machine (with a soft pad) and takes about 20-30 minutes to dry.

[+] More about natural zero-VOC Hard Wax Oil by Unearthed Paints.

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Pet Travel Website Sees Huge Increase in Pet-Friendly Hotel Seekers During Spring Break

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) March 17, 2011

As spring break recess ripples through the country, Pet Hotels of America has quadrupled its customer base, indicating the rise in number of people traveling with pets. For the past week, travelers have been flocking to the website to search for pet-friendly hotels, pet hotels and resorts, and kennels. This one-stop travel website is designed to make travel arrangements easy for those traveling with pets or searching for pet lodging while traveling.

Travelers that typically travel to Europe or other destinations abroad are now finding that traveling with their pet domestically has become an acceptable vacation option and within their financial means. With all the dog-friendly beaches, events and things to do, many pet-friendly vacation rentals are seeing in increase in reservations.

“We’re finding that destinations like Orlando, Florida where there are a significant number of hotels that are pet friendly, are experiencing a significant surge in the number of guests requesting rooms reserved for pet owners,” said Pet Hotels of America Chief Marketing Officer, Steve Wiideman.

The website, while newly launched, found that there are many pet owners seeking the kind of services it offers, from obtaining pet-travel information to making reservations. To do this, they had to search through many websites to get what they needed. But with the launch of Pet Hotels of America, all their travel needs are met from one place. Its capabilities include researching and booking rooms at pet-friendly hotels throughout America, managing pet air travel, finding kennels that are searchable by state and reserving a rental cars in any designated city.

Pet Hotels of America is drawing visitors of all ages because it offers something for everyone. It provides extensive travel information, funny pet-related videos and stories, veterinarian advice and much more. People can showcase their pets and win e-gift certificates to major brand pet stores. There’s even a list of rescue dogs waiting for dog lovers to take home. It’s the resource people with pets can count on to get what they need.

“Traveling with pets has hit an all-time high, largely due to babyboomers who are filling their empty nests with pets,” said Lisa Porter, CEO, Pet Hotels of America. “As traveling with pets becomes increasingly popular for everyone from college students to seniors, the need for a website like Pet Hotels of America has become apparent and its increase in people making reservations from the site is a good market indicator.”

For more information on Pet Hotels of America, please visit or call (877) 375-1946.


5 Starz Travel Launches New Website

Fort Washington, MD (PRWEB) June 29, 2007

The website offers clients “do-it yourself” access to making their own travel plans or get customized travel arrangements with the assistance of travel Agent Niki’ Goins and other staff members.

Niki’ Goins of 5 Starz Travel announced today the launch of a new travel website for families, groups and individuals visiting Walt Disney World and the other theme parks in Orlando, Florida. “I wanted to give my clients an easy access to information online about the many vacations and travel packages for ‘The Magic Kingdom’, MGM/Disney, Epcot and Universal Studios Resorts and other theme parks in the Orlando, Florida area. Orlando has always been one of my favorite travel destinations,” says Niki’ Goins founder of 5 Starz Travel. Ms. Goins recent Travels, Travel tips and other travel related articles can be found on .

The 5 Starz Travel website is a full service travel site. If Disney World is not on your calendar for this year, you can get information and book travel for cruises, air, hotel, car rental, spas and other resorts. This also includes international travel. The site can accommodate all travel/vacations packages, from the budget conscience to the most luxurious.

Other items of interest on the website are:

Top Ten Travel Destinations – These are the 10 most popular travel destinations at this time. Check this often it is subject to change.
Weekly Deals – Check here weekly to see the current offerings for getaways.
Weekly Cruise Specials – Packages from 2 days, to 2 weeks, to 2 months are highlighted in this section. Sail on Celebrity Cruises, Carnival, Princess, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise line and Royal Caribbean International.
Travel Resources – In this section check the U.S. Department of State Travel warnings and U.S. Passport fulfillment schedules. You can also get information on the weather, time zones and foreign currencies.
Lifetime membership in the Travel Club.

5 Starz Travel’s mission is to provide prompt and efficient service in assisting our clients in making all of their personal travel arrangements.

5 Starz Travel is an affiliate of Prestige Travel Systems. Since June of 1988, Prestige Travel has arranged vacations for thousands of satisfied passengers who have looked to our company for reliability and professional assistance


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Olympia Steel Buildings Launches Mobile Website

Mc Kees Rocks, PA (Vocus) November 26, 2010

Olympia Steel Buildings recently announced the launch of their new website targeting mobile device and smartphone users. The website provides company and product information, including videos in an appealing format for mobile device and smartphone users on iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone 7 and other popular mobile devices. Smartphone and mobile device visitors to Olympia Steel Buildings company website will seamlessly redirect to the new mobile website where they can access product information, request online metal buildings quotes and automatically call for steel buildings pricing and information from their smartphone or mobile device.

“Our pre-engineered steel building customers are moving from desktop and laptop computers to mobile devices and smartphones that enable them to make and receive phone calls and emails, surf the web to shop for products and information, keep their appointments up to date and use a variety of applications while they are on the go,” observes Arnold Davis, Company President. “Our building customers appreciate the fact that they can go on our website from any mobile device and get the information they need with just a few taps. We are growing a very loyal customer base by reaching out to our valuable audience of busy customers, businessmen and building construction professionals with our new mobile site. By some reports, there will be 1.4 billion people with smartphones worldwide by 2015 and we are positioned to attract that growing market segment. We expect great things from this new media in the months and years to come and are excited about this new opportunity to engage the mobile web.”

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Virginia Home Improvement Company Saves Customers Money Through New Website

Fredericksburg, VA (PRWEB) September 29, 2011

CBS Home Improvements, a Virginia home repair company, launched a completely-redesigned website that it says will help save its customers money and time on their home repair projects. The new website features more in-depth information on the company?s services, money-saving tips and articles, and an offer that can save new customers up to $ 950 on their first project with the home improvement company. CBS Home Improvements specializes in all kinds of projects, including home repair and commercial add-on construction. The new website provides customers one easy-access location to help them make informed choices that can help them avoid extra costs on their home repair projects.

Cameron Sutton, a managing member of the Virginia home improvement company, and 22-year veteran in the construction business, explains that the new website is an important aspect of their overall plan to help customers save money during these difficult economic times: ?People still want to repair and improve their homes, whether they are looking to sell or stay put. Through this new website, we provide our customers with quick, easy access to insightful information about the best ways to complete a job, make recommendations about the best materials to use for a particular project, and stay in contact with our customers from start to finish on a home repair. Virginia customers demand quality, and that?s what we deliver. We are constantly looking for ways to help our customers save money without sacrificing quality, and the new website is one of our tools to accomplish that.?

According to the new website for the home improvement company, they have been in the Virginia home repair business for 18 years. What is even more telling is that 85 percent of their clients are referrals from customers who were happy with their home repair. Virginia customers have hired them for everything from roofing replacement and bathroom renovations to basement finishing and kitchen remodeling. In addition to residential construction projects, they have completed many commercial construction projects as well. Their high rating with the Better Business Bureau reflects how happy their Virginia home repair customers have been, and one customer said, ?They took our vision and put it into place with attention to detail and quality. They never tired of answering our questions or making necessary changes. They stayed on schedule and kept the area tidy throughout the whole process, which really impressed us.?

Mr. Sutton explains, ?Our home improvement company motto is, ?Where Vision Gets Built? and that?s what we strive for with every Virginia home repair project. Our new website can help current customers and potential customers see how it all comes together. It shows them how to save money and time on their projects. The reason our customers keep coming back is that their ideas, their visions, their homes matter to us, and they see that. There?s no better feeling for us than knowing that we did a great job that made our customers happy.?

For more information:

Cameron Sutton

C.B.S. Enterprises, LLC

DBA: CBS Home Improvements

904 Princess Anne Street, Ste C-6

Fredericksburg, VA 22401

(703) 670-3200