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Modern Platinum ENC In Newport Beach

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This is the new, 9000 sf facility designed by LPA for the Environmental Nature Center.  Located in Newport Beach, and with an estimated 54 points towards LEED certification, ENC could be the first LEED Platinum building in Orange County.  LPA estimates that the facility’s sustainable elements will save ENC ~$20,000 per year.  Plus, with optimal east-west site orientation and 14 native plant communities, in addition to all the other green features, this building is meant to be a West Coast beacon of green design for years to come.  Make sure to check out the rest of the images below …

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Pittsburgh Three PNC Plaza Going Green

Three PNC Plaza

Slated to open in 2009, Three PNC Plaza is planned to be one of the largest, environmentally-friendly, mixed-use buildings in the U.S.  The 23-story building is also Pittsburgh's first new high-rise in 20 years.  3 PNC will have office space, 28 condominiums, a restaurant, retail space, underground parking, and a Fairmont Hotel.  Three PNC Plaza fronts a large public park (see site plan below). 

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Infill Container Home by LWA

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We’re bringing you back-to-back container home coverage here with this home on an infill lot in the eastern hills above San Francisco Bay.  Designed by Leger Wanaselja Architecture, the project required three insulated containers to create a cozy, two-bedroom house.  Two forty-foot containers were stacked on one side and the third was cut in the middle.  The split containers were also stacked on the other side.  The three containers are brought together with a large, glassy atrium that spans both the first and second floors.  It’s a simple design that shows what’s possible with innovative home construction.  Make sure to check out the construction images, too. 

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First Look at West Coast Green Container Showhouse 2008

SG Blocks 2008 Showhouse - West Coast Green

For the past two years, we’ve been media sponsors for the always excellent West Coast Green conference.  WCG pushes the envelope on innovation and sustainability, and this year will be no different.  Today I received renderings of the West Coast Green Showhouse, aka the SG Blocks 2008 Showhouse, built by SG Blocks and designed by The Lawrence Group.  It’s a 1700 sf container home, but you probably can’t tell just by looking.  Sustainability will be number one, with GreenPoint and LEED certification in the plans.  Plus, it seems that ecofabulous will be doing the interior design work, so the home, you can believe, will be modish, posh, and green. 

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LA Remodel Emphasizes Sustainability

Scrafano Green Remodel

This is a post and beam house in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles owned by Elaine Wakeland and Eric Garcetti, President of LA City Council.  As you may have previously read in this Dwell article, they’re both environmentally- conscious and highly active in their community.  As a result, they wanted to update their 1950s home and retained the help of Scrafano Architects to suss out its modern traits.  They also wanted to make the home as energy efficient and healthy as possible.  So they removed walls, took out an extra bathroom, and found ways to draw in more natural lighting.  They installed a tankless water heater and solar panels on the roof — a move that now provides 50% of the home’s energy. 

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Visualizing Benefits of Roof Overhangs

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If you’re in a sunny location and your home has windows, then you probably like to pull a curtain or close the shutters to keep direct heat from entering the home.  Just today I was driving by a modern home with slight overhangs and nodded my head in approval thinking: "buya … such a simple design element and it’s providing shading for those super large windows during the heat of the day."  I realize we’re talking about something basic, but if you have the chance, roof overhangs can make a difference as to how much you’re manipulating the interior temperature with mechanical systems.  Check this ranch house by Cottam Hargrave.  With that much glass in Georgetown, Texas, a little roof overhang is a prerequisite, don’t you think?!



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