[Video - 2:19] Noted green building expert Jerry Yudelson explains how the Obama administration will impact green buildings. In short, according to Mr. Yudelson, the Obama administration will make green buildings a permanent part of the economic, cultural, and financial landscape. Every new, large federal building will be LEED certified, and at least 25 (if not 35) states will mandate green certification for all new buildings. We'll see green measures for hundreds of local, state, and federal buildings, and a lot of money will be going into this area. And because of this, people will gravitate towards the green building industry — we'll see green jobs and a boom of sorts.
This conceptual proposal for a residence with combination solar panel and wind turbine offers the best of both worlds, with a dose of stage-like performance. Shaped to look like a rock, the dwelling stores water in its outer shell as an insulator to conserve energy. Furthermore, the transforming device embodies a playful spirit with its daisy-like shape that seems more like a toy rather than a high tech piece of equipment.
The Pacific Garden Mission has been a steadfast anchor in the Chicago community since 1877. The Mission has served as a safe-haven for homeless men and women, offering nourishment for both body and soul. Today, the Mission continues it's work in a newly constructed 156,000 square foot facility. It was designed by Tigerman McCurry Architects to obtain LEED Silver certification and includes 100 solar-thermal panels, green roof with native vegetation, low flow water fixtures, locally sourced materials, and recycled construction waste. The solar panels were donated by the City of Chicago's Renewable Energy Program, which all together, over $245,000 in clean energy grants were donated by the City of Chicago.
As the world descends upon Las Vegas for IBS 2009, undoubtedly, many will be walking through a stylish and posh idea house designed for the show. The New American Home is a running tradition and every year brings another one. I guess you could say it's a real life exhibition of the latest and greatest trends in home design. This year, as mentioned by BusinessWeek earlier, the trends include indoor/outdoor living, basement inclusion, the home office, wireless technology, less ostentation, and having a green badge of honor. The New American Home 2009 is claimed to be net-zero energy (based on the combined efforts of super efficiency and on-site power generation), and is definitely technologically advanced. Let's look further …
- [Van Jones] Greening the Ghetto.
- Ten best green jobs for the next decade.
- Green retrofit work thrives in uncertain economic times.
- Is construction downturn an opportunity for sustainable building?
- An ailing economy bodes well for green operations.
- More real estate brokers are becoming LEED APs.
- Eco-resorts must improve facilities, style to attract high spenders.
- Creating sustainable, green universities.
- Steven Chu's energy plan.
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It's Friday, so why not take some time to enjoy a unique, green renovation. This home used to be an old, stucco box, but you'd hardly know it just by looking. Mr. Jeremy Levine gutted the whole place and gave the home a new lease on life. The interior of this North Eagle Rock renovation drowns in natural light because of the open layout and heavy use of windows. Also, the home has been outfitted with beautiful recycled red wood sliding sun screens, a passive thermal rock wall, solar PV system, rain water collection system, grey water recycling, concrete counters made with 50% fly ash, and the recycled wood ceiling, etc.