This is the best $9.95, I’ve spent in a long time. I read Innovative Home when it comes out every quarter, but the Spring 2007 edition is unbelievable. Go get a copy.
Modern Green Living: My House is Smarter Your House™
Modern Green Living: My House is Smarter Your House™A little bit back, I watched Josh Dorfman (owner + CEO of Vivavi, producer + host of The Lazy Environmentalist) unveil Modern Green Living. According to the company, Modern Green Living is a "go-to source for those who wish to build, buy, rent, or remodel an eco-friendly home." According to me, Modern Green Living is a nicely positioned website providing unparalleled access to (1) green experts and (2) green buildings.
Modern Green Living boasts a comprehensive and impressive database of green apartments, condos, and residential communities located throughout the United States and Canada. It’s a veritable reservoir of information relating to modern + green structures, many of which have been featured on Jetson Green: The Visionaire, Arterra, + Green Valley Lofts (to name a few). The site allows visitors to rate green buildings, research a building’s green credentials, and search for green buildings in a certain city. As more buildings are built, this database is only going to get bigger and bigger.
Depending on who you are and what you need, Modern Green Living also has a database of green architects, green builders + contractors, green consultants, green interior designers, green realtors, and green remodelers. Find who you need, where you need, and get yourself listed (if you fit in one of the categories). Overall, I’m impressed with the site’s navigability and clarity–there really is a rich bank of information on green experts and buildings. I’m also surprised at how fast the website has grown in such a short amount of time. Go take a gander…
Going green isn’t all that difficult when sustainability is woven into the fiber and fabric of your company’s existence. There are a few companies in the business world that survive on a green business strategy. Right now, it might be a niche play, but things change as everyone else comes around. Minto is a Canadian real estate company with a history of quality, green developments. Green is in the company’s fabric. In 2006, Minto received the Canadian LEED Silver for MintoGardens (Toronto), a 34-story condominium complex. Now, they’re going after another LEED certification with MintoSkyy. Minto builds to LEED standards to "promote healthier living, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save residents money, and contribute to a healthier planet."
MintoSkyy is all about living in a modern, sophisticated environment with expansive windows and breathtaking views. In addition, suites will have individual meters for water and electricity (you pay for what you use); energy efficient thermal windows; an "all-off" switch at the front door that lets you leave knowing all the lights are off; and energy efficient appliances. Minto also has a rigid common area management system that minimizes consumption of light and energy resources. Also, the building will rely heavily on recycled materials, environmentally friendly paints, and a green roof (which reduces heating + cooling costs). Located at Broadview + Pottery Road in Toronto, this 23-story condo tower looks pretty good to me. :: Minto ::
Jeriko is Different… Design… Strength… Green… Flexibility… Living. Jeriko House: It Lives in you
Jeriko is Different… Design… Strength… Green… Flexibility… Living. Jeriko House: It Lives in you. Today, New Orleans-based CEO of Jeriko House, Shawn Burst, announced his company’s plans to enter the modular/prefab home building market with 5 different models (each with an infinite number of configurations). Burst teamed up with a German engineer to use a patented, interlocking aluminum framing system–one that is strong enough to meet the strictest U.S. earthquake and hurricane building codes. The plumbing, appliances, lighting, hardware, interior finishes, and exterior cladding are all integrated into an advanced structural system through the collaborative efforts of a team and network of design/construction professionals. Starting at $175 per square foot, a Jeriko House will have such luxuries as Asian teak wood finishes, coconut skin walls, Indian rosewood door handles and stone, and marble + ceramics from around the globe. Homes will also include "biometric systems and homeowner-friendly technology." Bourne-style, I presume.
The first home will be completed in New Orleans and the company anticipates orders of 100 more relatively soon. Actually, they’re taking orders right now for May delivery. Their website says a purchaser is responsible for permits, site work, foundation, plumbing, electrical, HVAC rough in, and landscaping. Shipping is included in the cost of the home, and Jeriko will help you build it.
Straight from the website: "We feel it is our duty at Jeriko House to take a leading role in the efforts to save our planet. Sustainability, energy efficiency and environmental friendliness are at the core of our beliefs. With a R&D team searching the globe for the latest and greatest green innovations and technology Jeriko will fulfill its roll as a socially responsible company at the forefront of the Green Revolution." I like what Jeriko’s saying, but we can’t forget that acting locally, rather than globally, has its green benefits as well. Also, take a look at today’s press release. For every 10 houses sold, those 10 owners form a committee that votes to give a Jeriko House to a family in need somewhere in the U.S. I think Jeriko is taking an innovative perspective to all facets of the business and can’t wait to see the first home! Maybe I’ll just drive down and see it when they’re done.
Arterra is an urban living, high-rise community in Mission Bay that will have a mixture of flats and townhomes of various sizes. Arterra has three buildings: "Sky," a 16-level tower, "City," a 9-level building, and "Park," a 6-level building with 2-story homes. Go to the Arterra website and you can watch a video that shows you the views from each building. Because Arterra is a high-end lifestyle community, you will have benefits such as 24-hour concierge, state-of-the-art fitness center, community lounge, rooftop sun deck with lounge and barbecue, etc. But, another feature of Arterra is that it will be the first LEED-Certified Green high-rise community in San Francisco.
Arterra is going after LEED certification, so here are some of the current green amenities being planned: formaldehyde-free cabinets (Studio Becker); low-emitting paint and carpets; high-efficiency water heating boiler; Kohler dual-flush toilets and other water-saving features; low-E, energy-efficient, insulated windows; Energy Star home appliances and gas ranges; bamboo for all standard kitchen floors; cork flooring at all elevator levels; recycled glass floors and FSC-Certified wood walls in entry-level lobby; bicycle storage in the parking garage; and recycled content panels for the exterior facade. Arterra is being developed by Intracorp Companies.
It looks like LivingHomes is lighting up the blogosphere again with more news. I’ve talked about Living Homes here + here, and I really like the company, big-time. So there are a few tidbits of news that you may find interesting: (1) LivingHomes has committed to make all its homes LEED Silver, at a minimum, and will work with owners to pay for certification costs, and (2) LivingHomes has entered into a partnership with Enterprise Community Partners (ECP) to take some proceeds from LivingHomes sales and put them into a fund for affordable green home communities. So we see LivingHomes expanding its target consumer base to allow for broader adoption due to possibly lower prefab costs–that said, these are green, architect-designed homes that command a price premium.
Interestingly, you’ll also find Ray Kappe’s second design (RK2) on the newly redesigned LivingHomes webpage. Pictured above, RK2 will be LEED Silver (Total Points = 50.5) and will have the following green benefits: yearly energy savings enough to power the home for 2 months; yearly water savings enough to fill 2 swimming pools; 80% of construction waste diverted from landfills; and 67% construction from recyclable materials. It will be about 2,215 square feet, with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. RK2 looks to be the perfect fit for large lots with expansive views. It will include an interior garden as well.