Sustainable Design for Susi Q Seniors

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Several years in the making, Laguna Beach now gets its Susi Q Senior and Community Center.  The project is the culmination of the efforts of many — designed by LPA, Inc., built by Swinerton Builders, and project management by Griffin Structures Inc. — and includes 8,200 square feet for the Senior Center and 8,000 square feet for the Community Center.  The pictures below show a beautiful, fresh, and contemporary space with clean lines, but let's also take note of a few sustainable design elements:

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Simple DIY Rooftop Solar Clover

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Greentech Media broke news today of a prototype rooftop solar system made for simplicity, shipability, and affordability.  The system is being developed by Armageddon Energy and is aptly called a "clover."  The clover includes three hexagonal solar panels, a micro-inverter, and a triangular frame.  It's lightweight (check out the regular folks below doing installation work) and can generate roughly 400 watts.  The company just finished early stage testing and is readying a beta program for further testing. 

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Livingreen Renovation of an Airstream

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My grandfather had an old Airstream that he sold to my dad for $2,000.  It was in bad shape after some neighborhood kids smashed in the windows, so it was sold to someone else for a pittance.  Now, I wish we still had the Airstream because after seeing what Jim Gooley did to his, I have a hankering to do the same.  Gooley partnered with Livingreen to trick out the Airstream’s interior with all sorts of green products.  The renovated trailer was on display at Altbuild last weekend in Santa Monica, and here’s what they used:

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Swank LEED Silver Designed Hotel Felix

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Chicago's Hotel Felix, formerly known as Wacker Hotel, re-opened its doors in April 2009.  Felix is a 225-room, boutique hotel that's been designed (not yet certified) to receive LEED Silver certification.  The lodging also received four out of five Green Eco-Leafs, which indicates that the hotel has been audited and complies with 38 (of 70) unique eco-initiatives.  Some of these green features and initiatives include the following:

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Prefab Green Book [Giveaway]

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We're giving away a copy of this book to one commenter below, so make sure to comment with a valid email before midnight on Friday, May 15, 2009.*

Prefab Green by Michelle Kaufmann is one-hundred and seventy-six pages of mixed images and information certain to please anyone interested in this burgeoning industry.  Gibbs Smith, the architectural publishing powerhouse, released the book in January of this year, and if you're looking for insider expertise on prefab construction, I suggesting picking up a copy. 

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Living in a Tesla World [Video]

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Transportation is inextricably linked with (green) buildings.  And for a number of reasons — peak oil, national security, price gouging, and concern for the environment — the current oil-based transportation system is dying.  Its death started with hybrids, and to a certain extent, continued with natural gas vehicles.  With the advent of electrical vehicles, we will all witness the slow, prolonged, and painful death of oil-based transportation.  Tonight Dateline NBC gave us a glimpse of the next generation of transportation in Tesla Motors.  The future of electrical cars is bright, but let's be clear: it's complicated, too.

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