Articles - April, 2010

Flood Proof Green Home on the Beach

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I was excited to get an email from Matthew Peek, principal at Studio Peek Ancona, regarding this prototype built in a flood and seismic zone in Stinson Beach, California.  The flood-proof home has been Platinum certified by the Marin County green building program and meets FEMA standards of the area, according to Peek.  It's green and undeniably contemporary, but it's also small and showcases indoor/outdoor living without a hitch. 

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Green Copper House in Hudson Valley

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This is a beautiful modern home in Hudson Valley with carefully considered fenestration and use of daylighting.  The 2,590 square-foot home, designed by Andy Bernheimer of Della Valle Bernheimer, was recently featured by GreenSource Magazine as a Best Green House for March 2010.

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Green Prefab Extends to Chicken Coops

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While catching up on last month's Metropolis, I was fascinated by an article — Fair or Fowl? — discussing the winning design in a competition held by the Israel Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. 

Peleg/Burshtein Architects took the top prize with a proposal that consolidates poultry farming into a futuristic, 200-foot prefab farm outfitted with chicken feed silos, small wind turbines, photovoltaics, and greenery to mitigate the industrial steel exterior. 

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