This beautiful and traditional home is the first LEED Platinum home in Connecticut. The three bedroom and two bathroom home was designed/built by Jim and Mark Picton, or Picton Brothers, LLC, and was profiled last month by the new folks at GreenBuildingAdvisor. It's the kind of home that prioritizes design first and expensive green technology second. Picton Brothers went with a super-insulated envelope — R40 in the walls and R60 in the roof — which definitely helped the home earn a HERS score of 30, Five Star + Energy Star rating, and of course, the LEED Platinum certification. Check out some of this home's other green elements:
If you didn’t win the Dream Home, you now have another chance to win a home. The HGTV Green Home 2009 contest is slated to begin on April 17, so get your bookmarks ready. We mentioned the HGTV Green Home 2008, which was actually a handsome home, and thought we ought to give it a go this year, too. The design is kind of, well, they’re calling it modern Spanish-style architecture. The $700,000 home was designed by Carlson Studio Architects, and the Herald Tribune reports that it already received LEED Platinum certification. Impressive.
This week, the west expansion of the Vancouver Convention Centre celebrates its grand opening, and we thought you should know a little about this incredible facility. Designed by Seattle's LMN Architects, as well as MCM and DA, the green convention center's most visual feature is the massive, six-acre green roof. It's Canada's largest and the biggest non-industrial living roof in North America! Set directly on the waterfront of Burrard Inlet, the west expansion is 1.2 million square feet and seriously enlarges the city's ability to provide greener conference space. Here are some of its green features:
It's been another fantastic month here at Jetson Green! As you can tell with the above word cloud generated from article titles, we talked a lot about prefabs, homes, LEED, modernism, and all things "green." Our coverage of technology and news was a little lacking, but tell me what you think. If we're not talking about something that needs to be talked about, let us know. Certainly, with Living Future 09 (Cascadia GBC's Unconference) from May 6-8, 2009, we'll be preparing a few articles on living buildings, biomimicry, and LEED for April and May. In the mean time, follow us on Twitter or contact us if we lost your email or something … check out last month's articles and read what you might have missed.
Just look at the before and after photos of this green home and you'll see a couple critical renovation strategies: (1) get rid of water-sucking grass without making your landscaping look crazy, and (2) keep the same size and scale of your home rather than building it into a monstrosity. This home, located at 8020 S.W. Elmwood Street in Southwest Portland, is expected to receive the rare designation of LEED Platinum certification and is now listed for sale at $850,000. Here are some of its green elements:
William McDonough* has always been a beacon and true voice of environmental leadership, despite what a recent magazine article may be trying to say. Case in point, just last week he warned of a lop-sided focus on carbon during his keynote speech at the ParkCity conference in London (organized by Cabe and Natural England). If you've ever listened to Mr. McDonough, you know his speeches are captivating — there's always a lot worth remembering — but in this most recent keynote, one particular sound bite has been making the internet rounds. He likened buildings to "killing machines:"