- Builders return to class for lessons in ‘green.’
- California energy regulators adopted a target that all homes built after 2020 produce at least as much energy as they consume.
- Going green draws talent, cuts costs.
- New eco-friendly condo towers defy the logic of the market downturn.
- Green building projects will skyrocket over next five years.
With the price of oil at $95 a barrel, economists estimate that U.S. households will spend an additional $90 billion on costlier gasoline. Estimating our population at 300 million, that’s an average of $300 per person. Between my wife and I, that means we’re giving up $600 of our economic pie to the recently increased cost of transportation, on average.
- MIT alleges design flaws in Frank Gehry building.
- Nationwide ratings and certifications proliferate for ‘green’ builders.
- Green movement is changing design.
- Green building for the rest of us: how a good idea can make it into mainstream.
- Portland Oregon will pay green builders to build more efficient homes.
- Chicago strives to be greenest city in U.S.
It’s Friday and as I like to say, why not watch a little video? If you’ve been to Dwell lately, you’ll know they just unveiled their new, completely overhauled website. It’s super nice now, with easy access to images and information from their archives. There’s also a new video page with content of some very interesting leaders in design. Hence, the name for their new video series, Dwell Design Leaders. I’ve embedded the video of Michelle Kaufmann above talking about prefab and the mkLotus. The next video below is of David Baker. I found his comments extremely interesting. The last video below is Christopher Deam talking about his modern interpretation and design of the Airstream and his collaboration with Design Within Reach. Very compelling, really inspiring.
Well, it’s that time again and BuildingGreen, a company that also publishes the GreenSpec Directory, today announced their list of Top-10 Green Building Products. It’s not so much that these products are better than everything else on the market, although they may be better, it’s that they’re cool additions to the GreenSpec Directory over the last year or so. Most of the following ten products have multiple environmental attributes, but here’s a slim breakdown: 4 save energy, 2 save water, 3 are made of green materials, 1 helps situate solar power, and 2 avoid hazardous manufacturing/disposal of materials. Without further ado:
William McDonough and Michael Braumgart, founders of MBDC and authors of the popular Cradle to Cradle book, just announced the launch of their new blog, the Cradle to Cradle Community Blog. The blog looks to be authored authentically by the experts themselves, so we won’t have to chase after old Bioneers videos on Youtube just to get some wit and wisdom from McDonough himself. I can’t wait to read this, although it would be nice to have an RSS reminder every now and then. Simultaneously, they’ve announced the creation of the Cradle to Cradle Community Forum. The forum has subcategories for discussions on Cradle to Cradle Design, Innovative Materials, Closing Loops, and Cradle to Cradle Certification. There’s free and subscription levels within the forum and it looks like premium members get to participate in live chats. Fair enough.