Just about a week ago, National Geographic released a new book called True Green Home: 100 Inspirational Ideas for Creating a Green Environment at Home. The book features, of course, 100 green ideas, as well as 10 company case studies and a resource index with links and a glossary. Oddly, I guess our site was good enough to get a free review copy of the book, but not quite good enough to get listed in the links section. But that's okay, we're still riding a high from being listed in The Gort Cloud … Anyway, True Green Home packages basic green concepts in a nice way — it's particularly helpful for starters and anyone looking for inspiration.
About a year ago, we first brought you news of Method Homes and their plan to build a prefab cabin in Glacier, Washington. And they built the inaugural Method Cabin in about three months. Now, Method Homes, in collaboration with Balance Architects, is officially launching the Balance S-M-L Series of prefab designs with three main models: small, medium, and large. Of note, these prefab models have been designed to arrive 95% complete within three months of purchase. The models range in size from 540 to 856 square feet, and in price from $98,000 to $148,000.
These days, we're seeing all sorts of companies take a leadership position with regard to sustainability. One of the ways they're distinguishing themselves is in obtained LEED or some other green building certification for corporate facilities and real estate. Wrigley, for instance, just received LEED Gold certification for their Global Innovation Center (GIC) in Chicago, Illinois. The building opened in May 2005 and is used to create consumer-driven products, packaging, and processes. GIC features some of the following green elements and strategies:
Here's another fascinating home by ZeroEnergy Design (see previously covered Truro Residence). It'scurrently under construction, with foundation, framing, and sheathing complete — the rest is on schedule for completion in Fall 2009. The 2300 square foot home features three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, and a combination yoga studio/art room for the owners. The lakefront home features strategically placed windows that both provide a view of water and take advantage of passive solar heating and lighting. Some of the other planned green features include:
We’ve heard that the value of green construction starts could reach $140 billion by 2013, but what about the market for green building materials? Thanks to a report by the Freedonia Group, Inc., we have some numbers to look at. According to the Green Building Materials to 2013 report released in February 2009, U.S. demand for green building products is expected to reach $80 billion by 2013. The market is currently at $57 billion, representing a whopping average 7.2% annual increase over the next five years.
Solarsmith, a green building firm out of Santa Fe, New Mexico, recently helped Betsy Armstrong and Richard Barr build an eco-friendly, traditional southwest-style home in the foothills of Santa Fe. The residence's roof is filled with solar panels, which are tied into the grid, helping to heat water for the radiant floors, exercise pool and appliances. Excess energy is fed to neighboring homes.