Happy Friday, MNN readers! As always, green home news-land is a busy place so take a few minutes to read up on what you may have missed this week. And if you plan on spending a little time in front of the television with something that isn't a horror movie, be sure to check out the premiere of "Dean of Invention" on Planet Green tonight (Oct. 22) at 10. I swung by the show's launch party the other week at Brooklyn Bowl, the world's one and only LEED-certified bowling alley, and it looks like it's sure to appeal to all of you green techies out there. Now on to the links!
Jetson Green welcomes the ultra-efficient Passive House in the Woods (pictured above) to the elite-in-America Passive House club. This somewhat ominously named three-bedroom, 1,940-square-foot single-family home is the first residence in the state of Wisconsin to meet stringent Passive House criteria.
GOOD talks tech with an insightful Ariel Schwartz-penned article on "How To Hook Up Your Home to the Smart Grid Today."
The Switchboard enlightens (ahem) with a great blog post by NRDC senior scientist/energy efficiency guru Noah Horowitz on jobs, politics and the incandescent light bulb.
The Wall Street Journal examines how affordable-housing projects are going green including San Jose, California's Casa Feliz. After detailing the development's eco-trendy bells and whistles, the WSJ explains: "But in what might come as a surprise to some, no Prius-driving, Dwell magazine-reading, upper-middle-class professionals reside there. The project was built for people who earn less than 35% of San Jose's median income of $103,500 for a family of four, or suffer from developmental disabilities."
Yanko Design marvels at Italy's Stay Grounded, a semi-subterranean home-within-a-hill concept that would no doubt appeal to Frodo Baggins if he just happened to drive a Prius, read Dwell magazine, and be an upper-middle-class professional. And a real person.
The Los Angeles Times hands the mic to Susan Carpenter. The Ideal Realist columnist takes a look back at the "two years I've spent transforming my humble California bungalow into a test case for sustainable living — an experience that's cost me hundreds of hours of my time and thousands of dollars, an endeavor that has tested the limits of not only my checkbook but also my sanity — and my DIY skills."
Metropolis chats it up with green architect extraordinaire, Michelle Kaufmann. The topic? The future of prefab building, naturally.
Re-Nest eschews those godawful, petroleum-based "Pumpkin Space Latte" and "Vanilla Bean Frosting" scented candles and opts for apple peels, orange rinds, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and other ingredients ideal for "5 Simmer Pot Recipes To Make Your Home Smell Like Fall."
Design Milk ogles Mexico's BC House, a striking modern home with numerous green features and some truly killer views. Umm, when can I move in?
The New York Times Magazine pays a visit to "The Elusive Small House Utopia" in a fantastic, in-depth article that details the economy-driven movement towards more modest and efficient dwellings.
EcoHome Magazine hops in the tub with eight water-conserving shower heads that meet EPA WaterSense standards.