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7 Amazing Olympic Green Buildings

Water Cube Olympics

If you’re like me, the architecture and sheer grandiosity of Beijing 2008 Olympics is blowing your mind.  Gotta give props to what’s going on over there, seriously.  The precision, planning, and persistence of this machine is quite compelling.   With all the new and temporary structures now built, it’s hard to discuss everything — but you’ll find some interesting images and information below.  Notably, China might have raised the bar for future cities that are presented with the opportunity to host the Olympics.  China’s work isn’t done, I mean, pollution is unreal and the country is now the world’s largest CO2 emitter, but this article is an attempt to recognize positive efforts.  When future Olympic cities start to build up infrastructure, transportation, and venues, as they invariably will, this website thinks China has presented some new lessons in how to be bold, economic, and green. 

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GreenMobile®, the Anticipated Update!

Greenmobile2

Back in January of this year, I posted an article about the stylish, affordable GreenMobile® design by Mississippi State University Professor Michael Berk.  Since that time, I’ve received countless emails and a few comments (aside: why do readers email rather than comment?) asking when the GreenMobile® would be available for purchase.  So I’ve come to realize that people, including myself, really want to buy a GreenMobile.  I mean, it’s kind of cool.  The demand for affordable, modern living is really quite incredible (see: 100k House, e-House, Make It Right, etc).  But the long and short is, I emailed Professor Berk and he was nice enough to extensively respond via the below email, which I’ve edited slightly for formatting. 

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Off-Grid Eco-Home Focuses on Lifecycle

Bath ZedFactory Eco-Home

I keep an eye on things in the UK because, for some reason, I have this feeling that they’re focusing more on sustainability than we are.  I mean, they’re not necessarily talking about green this or green that, they’re talking about lifecycle of materials and carbon emissions.  This super luxury eco-home, for instance, was designed with lifecycle in mind.  Designed by ZedFactory, the, ahem, 7535 sf home has received Bath (UK) planning permission and should be complete within about a year.  It will feature efficient insulation, solar orientation, thermal mass, and earth sheltering to minimize energy consumption.

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Platinum Leapfrog House Springs Green

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Green Key pointed us to The Leapfrog House website, which has a rendering of this house located at 541 SW Maplecrest Court in Portland, Oregon.  The home is what might be termed "LEED Platinum Plus" in that the home’s developer is going after more than points.  The developer is trying to "jump further into green" and approach zero energy bills and zero water bills.  A noble ambition, I’ll admit.  As you might imagine, the home is for sale and has a laundry list of green features.

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Modern Platinum ENC In Newport Beach

Enc

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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