If you've ever been to Taiwan, you'll probably agree that this design for Chinatrust Bank's headquarters is spot on for the region. Taiwan is so lush and green — the extensive allowance for green roofs, vertical courtyards, and open space in the central plaza likely blends right in to the terrain. Designed by the LA office of NBBJ, with the assistance of local firm Fei & Cheng Associates, the development includes a 30-story headquarters building, 21-story commercial office building, 10-story hotel, and four-level retail center. The development just broke ground earlier this month and will end up with 2.5 million square feet by about 2012.
- The green rich (investors) list.
- Green growth trends for 2009.
- Is the green building market recession proof?
- Portland may tax non-green building projects.
- Droughts may lay waste to parts of U.S.
- Business told that water is more important than oil.
- Projects need cost-effective, integrated design.
- It's not demolition, it's deconstruction.
- Companies add Chief Sustainability Officers.
- The firepower of the lowly caulk gun.
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Things have been a little slow this week, but it's all for a good reason. Jetson Green just welcomed a new little blogger in training on March 3, 2009. Miles Bunker Koerner. Thanks for your patience, we'll be back up and running shortly.
With all the recent discussion about crumbling infrastructure and stimulus spending, it seems appropriate to talk about a design proposal that is actively addressing many issues that are showing progress across the country. Project Green, slated for downtown Austin, Texas, represents a comprehensive approach to sustainability in the context of an urban, mixed-use development. In addition to incorporating the usual features like solar panels and wind turbines, this proposal takes a serious approach to handling the most precious resource on earth. Water.
With the glut of commercial space available today and the promise of stimulus money, some developers are looking at green building as a way to stand out. Brushing up on catch-phrases just isn't going to cut it; in the new construction space, they're competing with early adopters who have already embraced sustainable design, energy efficiency, and LEED and the like. They'll be competing with commercial projects like this.