Libeskind Villa Prefab Now Complete!

Several months ago, we mentioned news that Studio Daniel Libeskind designed a modern prefab with the prototype of the prefab under construction in Datteln, Germany.  That home, more precisely a visitor center with conference rooms for the time being, was celebrated in an inauguration ceremony on September 29, 2009.  The Villa, a first in the Libeskind Signature Series of homes, is super efficient and uses minimal energy, despite its size. 

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By |October 20th, 2009|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab|Tags: |8 Comments

Old Industrial Building Gets an Extreme Green Makeover

By looking at these pictures, you probably can’t tell that an old, two-story, under-performing industrial building was converted into a beautiful modern suite of office spaces.  The Koll Company hired LPA Inc. to transform the old facility and transform they did!  (You can see a before photo below.)  The LEED Silver building, now referred to as the Koll Airport Professional Center for its location near John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, is a fine example of adaptive reuse with new green elements:

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By |October 19th, 2009|Categories: Corporate, LEED, Modern architecture|4 Comments

New City Ecology, Lost LEED Buzz, Green Parking Garages, + LED Droop

Is LEED losing its buzz? A new ecology for the city. Green roofs: the future of architecture? LEDs tackle the technical issue of droop. Should you upgrade your project to LEED 2009? […]

By |October 17th, 2009|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments

Team Germany Wins with Net Metering!

This morning the final results of the Solar Decathlon were announced.  As expected, Technische Universität Darmstadt, aka Team Germany, took first prize.  This is Team Germany’s second straight victory.  In the net metering contest, the team gained almost thirteen more points than the next closest team, Illinois, which solidified the victory.  Although the Popular Choice award will be released later this weekend, the competition is officially over.  Make sure to check out all 20 Solar Decathlon homes from 2009 — they’re beautiful and inspirational.  Here are the results (updated with Popular Choice later):

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By |October 16th, 2009|Categories: Modern architecture, Single Family, Solar|Tags: , , |3 Comments

20 Beautiful Solar Decathlon Homes

In a few hours, the U.S. Department of Energy will announce final results of the Solar Decathlon at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.  The Solar Decathlon is a competition of 20 teams of college and university students to design, build, and operate the most attractive, effective, and energy-efficient solar-powered house.  There are 10 subjective and objective contests in these categories: architecture, market viability, engineering, lighting design, communications, comfort zone, hot water, appliances, home entertainment, and net metering.  At this time, the engineering and net metering contests are the only scores that have not been released.  Is the suspense getting to you yet?

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By |October 16th, 2009|Categories: Lists, Single Family, Solar|Tags: , |5 Comments

Solar Gable Home by Illinois Team

With only the engineering and net metering contests remaining, the Solar Decathlon entry for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is now slightly ahead of other contenders, including Team California and Team Germany.  It’s a tight competition, though.  Solar Decathlon director Richard King yesterday said Team Germany may just receive approximately 25 more points that the next closest team in the net metering contest.  Such a point spread could propel the same to its second straight victory.  Nevertheless, Illinois has this beautiful home built with reclaimed materials that can produce up to four times its energy needs at times.

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By |October 15th, 2009|Categories: Passive House, Single Family, Solar|Tags: , , |4 Comments
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