Last year, we mentioned a community of 23 solar-powered homes, The Mews in Atwater Village, under construction in Los Angeles, California. We now have some images of the model home and news that The Mews will have grand opening this weekend from 1-5 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Each home comes standard with a grid-connected, 1 kW solar photovoltaic system, as well as three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms.
This scenic observatory, referred to as OceanScope or ContainerScope, presents a beautiful reuse of old shipping containers in Songdo New City, Incheon, South Korea. First noticed at and according to Dezeen, OceanScope was designed by Minsoo Lee and Keehyun Ahn of AnL Studio from three, old, cheap shipping containers.
I just noticed this translucent surface material on Inhabitat yesterday, and it looks interesting. Bio-Glass is a Coverings Etc product that the company claims is both 100% recycled and recyclable. Like many other products on the market, this one is made with recycled bottles. However, according to Building Green, the product is made with either pre-consumer or post-consumer recycled content, or mixture of both, depending on the color.
By looking at it, you wouldn't know that this home was built in 1709. Or that it was on the "most endangered" list of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. But this newly restored home is a model and showcase of what can be done when sustainability intersects with preservation (or, to be more precise, restoration). Located on nearly an acre lot in Connecticut, the Stone/Shelley House was completed recently by Gulick and Spradlin.
Sloan Valve Company, manufacturer of water-efficient plumbing products, including the AQUS greywater system, last summer installed two small wind turbines in Illinois from Aerotecture International. The Franklin Park headquarters building now has two 712V Aerotecture vertical-axis models. One is over the front entrance and another is over the employee entrance, while both are ballasted to the roof.
The Living Building Challenge, run by the Cascadia Green Building Council, is growing in popularity these days. Referred to as one of the most advanced green building rating systems in the world, it's growing, I believe, in part because of its rigor. The Challenge is performance based, which means a project has to perform as modeled for one full year prior to receiving certification. Currently, four projects (see below) are racing to be the first to obtain Living Building Challenge certification.