Building Integrated Wind in Chicago

A mixed-use project in Chicago has been getting a lot of attention for its green elements.  Most noticeable, perhaps, is the beveled corner that holds 12 vertical-axis wind turbines (VAWT) by Helix Wind.  The turbines are stacked in two columns on the building’s southwest corner and were included in the HOK designed-facade to cover all exterior lighting costs.

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By |January 20th, 2011|Categories: Wind|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

Off-Grid itHouse Going Up in California

This 800-square foot Clearlake itHouse is under construction in California right now.  Similar to another itHouse that we mentioned previously, the home will be off-grid and solar-powered.  It will also be the first, elevated, above-ground itHouse, leaving the site relatively untouched by the structure.

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By |January 19th, 2011|Categories: Prefab|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Small, Green, Affordable: 1519 Cleveland

With design costs, build costs, land acquisition, and everything else, homes are expensive.  Add a layer to that, that homes be sustainable, or somewhat “green,” and they get more expensive.  Yet folks want these homes to be cut-rate affordable.  It’s tough to do and a new modern home in Columbia, South Carolina, perhaps gives us an idea of what an affordable, light green home could look like.

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By |January 19th, 2011|Categories: Modern architecture, Single Family|7 Comments

ECO Modern Flats Chases LEED Gold

ECO Modern Flats is undergoing a transformation right now in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  The multifamily project was built 40 years ago, but that’s not stopping developers from renovating the place to anticipated LEED Gold level certification.  And they’re doing it with a modern, yet attainable, approach, too.

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By |January 18th, 2011|Categories: LEED, Multifamily, Renovation|5 Comments

Benefits of Green Prefab [USA Today]

Today USA Today published an article on green prefab in both the Money section and online.  Wendy Koch, author and owner of her own green home under construction, gathered various industry opinions for the article.  Here’s a snapshot of industry thinking on the topic:

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By |January 17th, 2011|Categories: News, Prefab|1 Comment

LEED Bashing, Heroic Efficiencies, Stewart Green, + Prefab Potential

New heights for LEED-bashing.
How do they decide a building is “green”?
Energy efficiency: the unsung hero of our times.
Future housing: no bathtubs, lawns, or McMansions.
Home builders see green prefab potential.
Green houses get Martha Stewart push.
The importance […]

By |January 15th, 2011|Categories: Week in Review|2 Comments
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