- Perspectives on sustainability.
- About the new 10 million solar roofs bill.
- NY panel suggests 100 ways buildings can be greener.
- EPA and DOE form State Energy Efficiency Action Network.
- Economy forces a holistic view of corporate responsibility.
- Seattle bends the rules for up to 12 living buildings.
- Los Angeles might require rainwater capture.
- Fly ash designation could be problematic.
A little over a month ago, this home received the first LEED Platinum certification for a home in the state of Indiana. Located in Franklin, the 2,000 square-foot contemporary residence has three bedrooms and two bathrooms for a family of three and a dog. Castalia Homes built the home, which has a number of green features.
Despite the fact that we are now living in the 21st century, aerogel insulation seems like a material out of science-fiction. It is the lightest solid known, although by volume it is 99% air. It is breathable, but it doesn't absorb water. It is incredibly strong for its weight. But most importantly, it is a fantastic insulator.
As in the prior years, HGTV is planning the giveaway of a new green home. The HGTV Green Home 2010 is located in The Pinehills neighborhood of Plymouth, Massachusetts. The home is still under construction, so HGTV is in the process of trickling out new details from time to time. Here’s a little of what we know so far:
Richard Hammond and Gensler's Santa Monica office contributed to a unique container project for a Boy Scouts' campground in Emerald Bay (on Catalina Island off the coast of southern California). According to Metropolis, the low-impact cabin was made with old shipping containers, reclaimed lumber, durable rubber flooring, LED lighting, and solar photovoltaics. The roof — which is, perhaps, more eye-catching than the transformed containers — was made with a stretched silicone-coated fiberglass material.
Kroon Hall, the new home of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, has been awarded Platinum certification, according to the Office of Public Affairs of Yale University. Kroon Hall was designed to use 81% less water and 58% less energy than a comparable building, helping it receive a total of 59 LEED points. With the help of a massive and beautiful solar array, about 25% of this building's electricity should be generated on-site, too.