Not to bring up a sore topic, but it's that time of summer. Vacations wind down, gardens lose their springtime zest, teachers begin to head back to the classroom, and that distinctive mid-August malaise spreads around quicker than one can say "net-zero energy prefabricated home."
While not a cure-all, checking out these sundry green home news items collected from across the web might take your mind off the fact that Labor Day is less than a month away. There. I said it.
I'll be in the trenches at the New York International Gift Fair
this weekend scoping out fresh finds from new designers and old favorites like MIO, Kikkerland, SUCK UK, and AREAWARE. See you on Monday.
TreeHugger crushes on
four good-looking green homes (left) in Seattle's Beacon Hill neighborhood that were built with "smart design, respectable energy efficiency, thoughtful material choices, and a sense for neighborhood integration."
Jetson Green asks the big question
: What do you consider to be the single most important factor in determining if a home is 'green?'
According to a recent survey, energy efficiency, eco-friendly materials, and renewable energy sources top the list.
the 20 finalists in the Reburbia design competition. There are some cool and out-there concepts in the final batch (I dig the EChO-Mansion idea) so head on over to the Reburbia
site and vote for your favorite.
Fast Company lists
"The Top Ten Worst Green Brand Names." Topping the list: TruGreen, Sheep Poo Paper and BabyGanics.
The San Francisco Chronicle explores
an increasingly common living arrangement: multigenerational housing. It may be greener than living solo, yes, but it's not for everyone (including me). Sorry, Mom and Dad.
The New York Times heads to Denmark
to visit an otherwise ordinary suburb of Copenhagen filled with low-energy homes. By 2020, all new homes in Denmark will be required to meet "passive house" standards. This means that they must consume 85 percent less energy and produce 95 percent less CO2 emissions than normal homes.