Articles - March, 2008

That's Right! Greener Buildings Cut GHG Emissions!

Kabun

It’s like a light went on in media outlets around the world — journalists and bloggers all over the place are reporting this not so surprising, but important news.  Here’s the report that everyone’s talking about.  I’m just waiting for some bombastic headline like: "Building Green Is a Quick Fix for Climate Change!!"  It’s not all that exaggerated yet, but before diving into the merits and substance of the report, here are a few friends that have mentioned it:

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PTI: What You Didn't Know about "Jetson Green"

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This is purely random, but I had no idea a person named "Jetson Green" actually existed.  That’s right.  Sometime prior to July 1820, Jetson Green, a debtor, intermarried with Julian Bass, administratix.  Their problems came before the Supreme Court of Alabama.  I’d like to give you an idea of what was going on between Jetson and Julian, but seriously, try to give this opinion a read — language sure has changed in 200 years (and I practice law for a living!).  Anyway, it seems that good ole’ Jetson Green did well by marrying the person to whom he was supposed to be paying a debt.  At least for a short period of time, that is … I’m constantly amazed at what shows up on the internet. 

Whitehead-Elniski Residence, Green Adaptive Reuse!

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This is a refreshing story of a another innovative green home in Chicago.  Frances Whitehead and James Elniski recently had their green home featured in NY Times.  It’s a fantastic rendition of green adaptive reuse.  Check the images of the living rooftop and two twirling turbines (by Windside).  Those turbines cost about $40,000,including installation, and provide about $500 per year in savings.  Still, the owners don’t mind the payback of 80 years because their perspective is guided by the realities of a carbon cluttered world.  Drastic times require drastic actions?

This live/work residence has some of the following green features: cellulose insulation, geothermal heating and cooling, solar thermal hot water and cooling, photovoltaic panels, rainwater collection cisterns, and water-saving appliances and dual-flush toilets, etc.  Perhaps the greenest feature of all is that the building used to be a blighted, 3000 sf, brick warehouse on a chunk of land with a contaminated underground gasoline storage tank.  Ugh … removing USTs can be nasty, expensive, and fraught with administrative burdens, too. 

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