Articles - December, 2010

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Great Green Gifts for Less Than $200

If you’re looking for holiday gifts and don’t want to break the bank, below is an index of gifts that you can get for less than $200 from our eight-part Ultimate Modern Gift Guide for the Holidays 2010, a curated list for design-savvy folks interested in the environment.  A lot of this is books and magazines — what better gift can you give than enjoyable reading — but there’s other stuff in here, too.
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Bastyr Platinum Project Gets Top Award

Bastyr University‘s new student village was named Outstanding Multifamily Project of 2010 by the USGBC.  Located north of Seattle in Kenmore, the 11-building project was designed by CollinsWoerman and earned LEED Platinum certification.  It’s estimated to save about 34% on energy costs, as compared to a non-green, similar project, and houses 132 students.

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Large Luxury Home Earns LEED Platinum

This month 37 Parkside Avenue in Southampton – the HGA House – received LEED Platinum certification with a sizable 104 points.  Sadly to say, it was built after David and Saundra Dubin’s original home was destroyed in a fire a couple years ago.  The green home is nicely done, traditional, and wired up with all sorts of green gadgetry, perhaps showing folks in the jumbo luxury market what it takes to secure LEED Platinum certification.

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Clean Energy, One Kilowatt at a Time

Centerbrook Architects offices from across the Mill Pond, photo by Derek Hayn

By Chad Floyd*

I would like to be able to state that I became an architect to save the planet from wasteful, polluting buildings – the built world accounts for some 40 percent of the greenhouse gases we produce – but the truth is my fondest desire was to become a thespian.  As the theater is an iffy business and my best stage feature, a lively head of hair, was rapidly waning, I turned to a more sensible alternative: architecture school.

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Sleek Recyclable Kitchen by Valcucine

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This month, Valcucine was selected for inclusion in the Industrial Research section of the Italian ADI Design Index 2010.  The company was chosen in part for efforts to produce products with less raw materials and energy, use recyclable materials, reduce toxic emissions and polluting chemical substances, and consider the life cycle of products.

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