For background on the video, make sure to check out this Dot Earth interview. The point being made is quite poignant, probably making you feel as though there’s an environmental pickle with nary a solution. But we’ve got to do better than that — we have to find solutions and turn this ship around. So what’s the next step?
A while back when we heard about MoMA’s prefab exhibit, Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling, we were pretty psyched. I mean, if you can’t tell by our archives with over 135 articles, we’re pretty obsessed with green prefab as the future of home building. The MoMA exhibit will tell an interesting story of the history of prefabrication starting in 1833. I’m sure we’ve come a long way in over 175 years, but there’s also the possibility that we’ve forgotten a few lessons in the process. So I like the juxtaposition of the historical with the modern. The modern will include five contemporary prefab structures, all of which have been assembled on the museum’s 54th street lot. Starting this Sunday, July 20 through October 20, visitors will get the chance to tour the below designs in real life.
[+] California adopts statewide green building code [SF Chronicle]
[+] State adopts nation’s first state green building codes [Bizjournal]
[+] California code adopted for all new construction [GreenBiz]
Not unlike John F. Kennedy’s goal to land a man on the moon, Al Gore challenges the nation to produce every kilowatt of electricity through wind, sun, and other earth-friendly sources within 10 years. Here are some links …
I just noticed this interesting building designed by a college student in Australia and had to mention it. Andrew Southwood-Jones conceived and rendered the building, actually a green dormitory, for an Autodesk competition and he took the prize in the architecture category. Called UniCube, it was designed to maximize space, be sustainable, and look good. Andrew designed the conceptual structure to use a number of sustainable strategies: drought-tolerant plant wall in checkerboard pattern on exterior; exterior "gabion walls" filled with rubble and stone; inner walls made from straw bales; a copper roof that catches wind for ventilation and air circulation (without requiring air conditioning); rotating solar panels generating power for the building’s lights; and rainwater collection for use in irrigation, toilets, and laundry.
Earlier this week, GM announced that they were adding the world’s largest, rooftop, solar photovoltaic power installation to its car assembly plant located in Zaragoza, Spain (a factory that manufactures Opel vehicles for sale in Europe). When the project is completed in the fall of 2008, the solar installation will have 85,000 solar panels covering about 2,000,000 sf of roof space. Bloomberg further reports that the $78.5 million installation will avoid about 7k tons of emissions per year.