Trend USA has just released details of their new engineered, agglomerate stone product called "Trend Q." Trend Q is a USA-made, 1/4" surface material that is impervious to stains and fading. It can be made in sizes as small as 12" tiles and as large as 10′ x 4′ slabs. Containing up to 72% post consumer recycled content, Trend Q not only contributes to LEED certification, but it comes in a veritable cornucopia of colors. Organic neutral. Fiery orange. Brilliant red. You name it. Another cool aspect of the product is that it’s made to be applied to all types of surfaces, whether it’s walls, counters, or floors. Just bust out the water jet machine and make that magic happen.
4/4/2009 Update: Logical Homes has officially launched!
7/27/2008 Update: Welcome visitors searching for Logical Homes. Logical Homes is still in prelaunch, but a recent USA Today article suggests that the company will launch in July or August 2008. Logical Homes is an affiliate of DeMaria Design. Make sure to watch Peter DeMaria talk about container homes and check out our container design archives. While you're here, feel free to subsribe to our RSS or daily email updates to keep informed on green building and home innovation.
Based on the old "hippy" classic VW Westfalia camper, Alexandre Verdier has completely redesigned the Westfalia into a modern, green camper with major appeal. This camper is powered by a 200 hp hybrid (fuel or diesel) + electric engine. Some other features include solar panels on the camper roof (40 watt – 12 volt), GPS navigation, wireless internet, and a sink with 4 spots for cooking. Priced at $69,000, I’m thinking there’s market for something like this. Don’t you? Video + images below; via Modern Flat.
There’s a lot of talk about prefab revolutionizing the world of residential living, but when it comes down to it, prefab could be used all over the place. This post shows how successful prefab could be in the commercial context. Just as a little background, there’s a mall in San Diego, California, called Westfield University Towne Center, or Westfield UTC. The mall has been around for some 30+ years, so it’s in the middle of an upgrade. As part of the upgrade, Westfield UTC wants to incorporate environmentally friendly designs, so they retained kitHAUS to create a Visitors Center pavilion to showcase the "UTC Experience." Basically, it’s a place for the community to interact with Westfield on design ideas for the mall remodel.
Ultimately, the kitHAUS design used two customized K2 structures. The first unit is the "lounge pavilion," and it’s designed to be open to the elements with louver doors for shade. It houses a lounge and interactive display. The second unit is the "Gallery," and it is enclosed with glass doors on all sides. The Gallery houses a model of the potential mall design, large plasma screens, and interactive displays. Notice the incredible looking straight lines of the deck, buildings, and trellises. It’s so clean and modern, it’s hard not to glare at every element of construction.
I’ve been sitting on details of the newest green development in Philly and I just can’t hold it any longer. Actually, CEO Steven Nebel shot me an email and said it was okay to use the renderings. The development is called High Street Development, and it’s expected to be a net zero energy, mixed use community. High Street Development will have modern residential units ranging in size from 1000 to 2100 sf. Recently, the project was presented to the community and enthusiastically received, which I think is due to the project’s innate approachability and sustainability. Let me explain that.
The developer, home(scale), has three primary goals in mind with this project: (1) offer a project with the sophistication of something like the Hearst Building in NYC, (2) make it at a price point that is affordable to an average middle-class consumer, and (3) provide high-class, superior amenities that look incredible. To do this, you have to be smart and resourceful–it takes serious effort and experience to create an approachable product without all the cost overruns. Currently, home(scale) is working with Silpa Inc., an environmental consultancy, to provide the best systems, whether that’s shared geothermal and solar systems with fully automated controls, or otherwise. There’s also going to be a car sharing program for residents. But these are just a few of the details being finalized. Expect to see High Street Development completed sometime late winter or spring 2008. More images below.
This is incredible. It would be nice if someone here in the U.S. would put something like THE ORB into production. According to the company’s website, The Orb "is a new generation of mobile structures created specifically to fire the imagination of a younger, style conscious generation. It has been designed to appeal across three distinct markets: commercial show units, holiday park homes and adaptable home offices. Built to a standard far beyond that of comparable structures using marine technology, it is both incredibly durable, lightweight and transportable." Appeal? Done.
Now, the website reveals some details on how The Orb is built (and Treehugger suggests that using GRP may not be that green), but I think one could use green materials to get it built. Plus, you could toss up a few solar panels on a separate pole and provide renewable energy for it too. Another positive aspect of The Orb is that it’s small by design, but chances are, this will not be a primary dwelling, so size is not an issue. Regardless, I dig it and think it could be used in a variety of applications. Plus, it’s kind of similar to Dasparkhotel (and we know that’s been successful). More images below. Via CubeMe.