Articles - September, 2007

Excellent Posts and DoD Notes at BLDGBLOG

Frank Harmon Prairie Ridge

The Norton Avenue Lofts Habitat 825

Green Building A to Z by Jerry Yudelson; Book Give Away

Yudelson Just a quick note on a new book that’s out by Jerry Yudelson called Green Building A to Z.  I received an advance copy that I’ve read through and want to give away to a random commenter.*  As the preface explains, "[this book] is designed for you, intelligent reader, who may not be actively engaged in architecture or building engineering, but who needs a quick introduction to the rationale for green buildings and the language of the field."  I’d like to describe it as a dictionary of everything relating to green building, but it’s more than that.  Yudelson has an approachable perspective and breaks everything down nicely.  After reading through explanations of biophilia, thermal energy storage, and commissioning, you’ll be hitting on all cylinders.  I think this is a good book to have on hand as a reference, almost as a checklist of things to think about with a project.  It’s also a good book for building owners, investors, or lenders that want to know more about green building principles. 

*After 48 hours, I’m  going to pick a number out of a baseball cap and give this book away to the comment number corresponding to the number pulled from the hat.  Since you leave your email when you comment, I’ll email you for your address and shipping’s on me to anywhere in the U.S.  Not sure what to say in the comments?  Tell me where you’re commenting from: "Salt Lake City, Utah here!"

Seattle Off-Grid Concept Combines Chickens, Crops + Sustainable Living (S2)

Center for Urban Agriculture

In the heart of Seattle, the design professionals at Mithun see a farm rising vertically into the sky.  Although it may never be built, the Center for Urban Agriculture (CUA) won “Best of Show” in the Cascadia Region Green Building Council’s Living Building Challenge.  Vertically constructed on a .72 acre site, the off-grid building is designed to be completely energy and water sufficient and will include 318 affordable apartments (studio – 2 bedroom).  And on top of that, there will be greenhouses, rooftop gardens, a chicken farm, and fields for growing vegetables and grains. 

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Building the Goodwin-Wise Flatpak

Goodwin-Wise Flatpak

It’s taken about two years, but the Goodwin-Wise Flatpak is finally becoming a reality, as you can see from these images.  This home is in Massachusetts, and for those of you looking for prefab on the east coast, Flatpak is certainly an option.  I really like how the house is tucked into the enveloping landscape, almost camouflaged from the entry way.  See more at Amy Goodwin’s blog and photo album; via MoCo Loco

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Net Metering, Minimum Floor Areas, Kendall House, Green Banks + Natural Landscaping (WIR)

Week in Review

Solar Decathlon Teams Using Warmboard

MIT Solar House

Twenty teams have been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to compete in the 2007 Solar Decathlon, which takes place in Washington D.C. from October 12-20, 2007.  As part of the competition, teams are challenged to design, build, and operate the most attractive, energy-efficient solar-powered home.  Using only energy from the sun and with an eye towards modern design, teams meticulously choose the products and materials that go into their home.  Interestingly, at least five teams, including MIT, UT-Austin, U. of Maryland, U. of Cincinnati, and Lawrence Technological University, are using the Warmboard Radiant Subfloor system.  I’ve noticed the increasing use of Warmboard in several green projects, so I thought I would do a small post on the subject.

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