Ann Arbor, Michigan architectural firm A3C has turned its building into a showcase for a number of green building components, and managed to produce a LEED-CI Gold renovation of the existing two-story building while they were at it. The firm wanted to have a showcase for a variety of green building options, as well as providing themselves with firsthand experience with a number of different systems.
- Living above the store.
- A green home in the middle of oil country.
- The rooftop garden climbs down a wall.
- Internet intercedes to make solar cheaper.
- Two advantages of closed-loop geothermal systems.
- New report: charting the demands on our water future.
- Seal levels rise could cost port cities $28 trillion.
- Bainbridge Island becomes nation's first city to provide incentives for living building challenge projects.
Also, follow @jetsongreen on Twitter for more news, links, and commentary.
Dockside Green is an award-winning development located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Within the 1.3 million square-foot, mixed-use community, all of the buildings, except the restaurant and pub facilities, have committed to obtaining LEED Platinum certification under the applicable Canadian LEED rating system.
Several months ago, we profiled all three finalists in the Re:Vision Dallas competition. The purpose of the competition was to design a sustainable urban city block near Dallas City Hall. Of these finalists (and several hundred other entries), the Forwarding Dallas entry has now been announced as the winning design. The off-the-grid block, designed in collaboration between Atelier Data and Moov, is scheduled to break ground in 2011.
The other day, Design Boom reported on this project for the city of Groningen in the Netherlands. Designed by NL Architects, the project, called Sozawe — welfare department and work agency — has office spaces, a large interior public space, and 215 parking spaces. Each of the nine office floors includes access to outdoor spaces with trees and a view over the city.
About a year and a half ago, we mentioned a project designed by seed architecture studio called the SIPs House in Portland. Built by Kaya General Contractors, the home is now complete. Since it hasn’t sold yet due to market conditions, the developing partner is going to move in.
The all-electric home is one of the first homes in Portland to be built with SIPs and features a number of green features: