GreenTeamTV is on the scene in Bend, Oregon with Cary Martinez, co-founder of Abacus GC, taking a tour through one of the homes in Newport District Modern House Project. We wrote about Abacus GC’s five-house project previously, which is pursuing LEED certification. The video shows the developer’s perspective of trying to build something to suit a lifestyle: lighter footprint, less reliance on automobiles, and healthy, green living. You’ll also see some cool products, such as PaperStone counters, Eco-Terr tiles, wheatboard cabinets, Design Within Reach lights, and Jenn Air Professional Series appliances.
I just caught wind of an incredible new collection of transparent, glass mosaic tile called LIBERTY. LIBERTY was designed by Giulio Candussio for Trend USA, a company we profiled previously for their Trend Q product. These images are incredible. The hand cut tiles contain a minimum of 50% post industrial recycled content and are available in 12 colors. LIBERTY retails for about $45 psf, which is not bad depending on the use. A wall might be expensive, but an accent will be more reasonable. I’m gonna let the images speak on this one, but if you want more information, LIBERTY will be in tile shops all over the country (visit here or call 866-508-7363 for nearest location).
Your version of the proverbial American Dream may not include a house, dog, and white picket fence, but I’m sure it’s something like that. But what happens to your American Dream when future development policies encourage greater density and vertical construction? Don’t get me wrong. Greater density is a good thing and it alleviates the harmful effects of sprawl. But, at the same time, our vision of the American Dream becomes more and more obsolete. Unless … you see greater density and vertical living as something similar to the above. Designed by Reinier de Jong, MoCo Loco reports on the concept: "Tuin project is a proposal that places a typical two storey dwelling with a garden within a highrise framework in order to keep those who flee towards suburbia in search of space firmly in the city." Why not, right?
Milk Paint has been around for thousands of years, with the roots as far back as 6,000 years ago when it was used for cave paintings. It is now gaining recognition as a biodegradable, green product. Milk paint is made from milk and crushed, natural pigments, and it is used for walls, furniture, and even art. It is very durable, as it hardens with age. But, beware, there are companies who market "milk paints" which are not natural and contain harmful chemicals.
Grand Rapids, Michigan is one of the greenest cities in the country, at least if you go by the number of LEED certified buildings it has. A couple of years ago, Grand Rapids was #5 on a list of cities with the most LEED certified buildings, surpassing even cities such as Chicago, San Francisco, New York, and Washington DC. Grand Rapids also has embraced renewable energy for the city. But Grand Rapids’ latest claim to green fame is that it is now the home to the first new construction LEED-certified art museum in the country.
The building is a 125,000 sf structure designed by Kulapat Yantrasast of Workshop Hakomori Yantrasast (wHY Architects). The Grand Rapids Art Museum opened just a few weeks prior to David Adjaye’s Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, which is also expecting a LEED Gold.