OfficePOD and Skip the Daily Commute

Across the pond, a company called OfficePOD aims to change the way people work.  The company provides pod-like office cubes to companies and individuals to facilitate flexible home/work arrangements.  For the price of £14,950 ($24,400) plus installation and VAT, the company will set up the OfficePOD in about a day.  The lead time for installation is less than 12 weeks, and lease options are available as well.

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By |January 20th, 2010|Categories: Prefab|Tags: |7 Comments

1850s Rowhouse Now Carbon Neutral!

In the heart of Capitol Hill — just a few blocks from the nation's capitol — is this newly renovated gem.  GreenSpur, a design and build firm, found the dilapidated eyesore and decided to overhaul it into a carbon neutral showcase. The aim was to show that an energy-efficient home powered with cutting edge green systems and green power can be a net neutral producer of carbon. 

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By |January 19th, 2010|Categories: LEED, Townhouse|Tags: |4 Comments

High-Rise Rehab with a Huge Green Wall

A solar and wind powered green substation isn't the only project in Portland to receive federal funds.  The Edith Green/Wendall Wyatt Federal Building is getting well over a $100 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to renovate all aspects of the building.  The most noticeable change will be a vast wall of greenery covering the westerly facade.  

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By |January 18th, 2010|Categories: Nature, Skyscraper|4 Comments

Portland Awaits Innovative Solar and Wind Powered Light Rail Substation

About one month ago, construction began on this ambitious light rail substation for the South Terminus of TriMet's Portland Mall Light Rail Line.  The station, designed by Hennebery Eddy Architects, combines style with salvaged materials and a unique solar and wind power scheme. 

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By |January 17th, 2010|Categories: Solar, Wind|Tags: |10 Comments

LivingHomes Now Available Nationally!

I imagine you've heard the news this week from LivingHomes' headquarters in Santa Monica.  All LivingHomes, whether designed by Ray Kappe or KieranTimberlake, are now available throughout most of the United States.  In addition, the company — a pioneer in green prefab — announced a new prefab home model designed by Ray Kappe and wood-frame construction on all Kappe LivingHomes. 

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By |January 16th, 2010|Categories: News, Prefab|Tags: , , |1 Comment

IAQ Challenge, Mandatory Green, Tempering Grandiosity, + Turbine Huff

Building efficiency replaces grandiosity.  Small wind turbines leave some in a huff. Overcoming barriers to manufactured housing.  Study: 50% of non-residential buildings will be green by 2015. Getting answers […]

By |January 16th, 2010|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments
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