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 [skipwords]Recipes[/skipwords] 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.