Articles - May, 2011

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Low Impact Dwelling on Orcas Island

This is North Beach Residence on Orcas Island, the largest of the San Juan Islands in Washington.  The 2,070 square-foot project received a national AIA Honor Award this year and is owned by Rysia Sucheca and John Warburton for use as a summer house from May through October.  It was designed by Heliotrope Architects and built by David Shore Construction.

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Straw Bales Used for Pop-Up Structure

Productive Building is a recycled and recyclable building system concept that was recently demonstrated for the construction of Greenhouse, a temporary, and entirely waste free, restaurant on the waterfront in Sydney, Australia.  The Productive Building system is an intriguing and fast way of creating a building with steel, straw bales, and simple interior and exterior finishes.

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High Recycled Content NewWood

In addition to dRain Joint, I also noticed this 100% recycled-content board called NewWood at the National Green Building Conference & Expo in Salt Lake City.  The “wood” is actually a composite of recycled plastic and recycled wood that is locally sourced and manufactured in Elma, Washington.

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Green Materials to Grow to $70B by 2015

U.S. demand for green building materials — products that contribute to LEED certification — is expected to reach $70 billion by 2015, according to an updated study by The Freedonia Group.  The market is currently at $39 billion, representing a staggering increase of 13% per year during the next five years.  This increase will come from green materials taking market share from non-green materials, but the main driver for demand is a rebound from the construction doldrums of recent years.

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House Ocho with a Lively Green Roof

Credit: Paul Dyer.

This is House Ocho, a project in Carmel, California, designed by Feldman Architecture. The home is beautiful and modern with striking clean lines, though perhaps its most prominent detail is a lively green roof that hides the structure in the hillside of a nature preserve in the Santa Lucia Mountains.

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