This modern, award-winning abode is the first LEED Platinum home in Virginia. Located at 5803 16th Street North in Arlington, the home was built by Metro Green and designed by Kaplan Thompson Architects (the firm that also designed the popular net-zero energy Bright Built Barn). Although it’s a little bigger than the ones we tend to mention — 3,825 square feet with a tight footprint — I think the home is worth mentioning for a number of reasons. First, annual heating and cooling costs are $180 and $125 respectively! In addition, 5803 has the following green elements:
EcoRock by Serious Materials continues to make headlines. If you haven't heard of it, you will once the product starts to sell. EcoRock is billed as a green replacement for gypsum drywall, and it's already received a number of awards and certifications: Cradle to Cradle Gold Certification, GREENGUARD Certification, and ASTM D3273 for resistance to mold, etc. In addition, Serious Materials just announced that EcoRock received the world's first validation of claims by UL Environment.
Update 12/17/2009: Honeywell Wind Turbine Coming Soon!
Last week, we mentioned that the small wind market is growing like crazy, and if things go as planned, there could be another turbine company to watch. The Honeywell Wind Turbine from EarthTronics, according to Martin LaMonica of CNET, will be sold in participating Ace Hardware Stores starting this October. EarthTronics claims the turbine can generate power at wind speeds as low as 2 mph. With Class 4 winds, the turbine can generate about 2,000 kWh per year, which is roughly 15-20% of an average home’s electricity needs.
Green building detractors often point to the lack of hard numbers on how green buildings actually perform in the real world. As time goes on we'll have a better information as to how all LEED Platinum buildings perform, but for now, we have this success story. Ohlone College's Newark Center for Health Sciences and Technology is celebrating a year of energy conservation and has the numbers to back it up. The 128,000 square-foot facility was completed in early 2008, and received LEED Platinum in August of 2008. It's the first community college to receive such a high certification, and after operating for one year, here's what the numbers tell us:
- Can you fit inside?
- Rethinking the mall.
- It's a landfill — and an ecopark!
- New economic reality for green home builders.
- Cities rush to use $3.2 B worth of federal green.
- Green building sector must pool knowledge.
- Energy management is next green apartment amenity.
- The LEED Platinum guarantee.
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If you're anywhere near Menlo Park, California this weekend, you should head over to Celebration Weekend held by Sunset Magazine. This year, Sunset is featuring a Modern Cottage built by Modern Cabana as one of the magazine's idea houses. I guess the official name is something like the Sunset Modern Cottage Idea House. Made with two modular living spaces, 300 square feet and 120 square feet, respectively, this MC Studio Home is a striking combination of style, efficiency, and small living.