This week, the west expansion of the Vancouver Convention Centre celebrates its grand opening, and we thought you should know a little about this incredible facility. Designed by Seattle's LMN Architects, as well as MCM and DA, the green convention center's most visual feature is the massive, six-acre green roof. It's Canada's largest and the biggest non-industrial living roof in North America! Set directly on the waterfront of Burrard Inlet, the west expansion is 1.2 million square feet and seriously enlarges the city's ability to provide greener conference space. Here are some of its green features:
It's been another fantastic month here at Jetson Green! As you can tell with the above word cloud generated from article titles, we talked a lot about prefabs, homes, LEED, modernism, and all things "green." Our coverage of technology and news was a little lacking, but tell me what you think. If we're not talking about something that needs to be talked about, let us know. Certainly, with Living Future 09 (Cascadia GBC's Unconference) from May 6-8, 2009, we'll be preparing a few articles on living buildings, biomimicry, and LEED for April and May. In the mean time, follow us on Twitter or contact us if we lost your email or something … check out last month's articles and read what you might have missed.
Just look at the before and after photos of this green home and you'll see a couple critical renovation strategies: (1) get rid of water-sucking grass without making your landscaping look crazy, and (2) keep the same size and scale of your home rather than building it into a monstrosity. This home, located at 8020 S.W. Elmwood Street in Southwest Portland, is expected to receive the rare designation of LEED Platinum certification and is now listed for sale at $850,000. Here are some of its green elements:
William McDonough* has always been a beacon and true voice of environmental leadership, despite what a recent magazine article may be trying to say. Case in point, just last week he warned of a lop-sided focus on carbon during his keynote speech at the ParkCity conference in London (organized by Cabe and Natural England). If you've ever listened to Mr. McDonough, you know his speeches are captivating — there's always a lot worth remembering — but in this most recent keynote, one particular sound bite has been making the internet rounds. He likened buildings to "killing machines:"
Pardon the interruption, but I thought I would tap into the collective knowledge of readers for a little assistance. We've mentioned some awesome office chairs in the past, including the Zody and Embody, but I need some tips on a sub-$300 green task chair. My non-blogging, old school office chair went gimp a few months back with a broken leg. I kept using it because I was still getting by (and I like to really wear the hell out of stuff before replacing it), but a second leg just broke, so I need to get going on something new. I'm looking for something conservative (i.e., black or neutral) in this price range, preferably available in Salt Lake City, but I'll ship, if necessary. And I'd like it to be green, too, meaning made of recycled materials, made is a green factory, recyclable, etc. What do you know? Links, emails, suggestions?