Pardon the interruption, but this is for a good cause. In mid-November, I’ll be on a panel at Greenbuild called "Green Blogs and the Built Environment" with industry leading bloggers from The Green Workplace, Treehugger, Green Buildings NYC, and Building Green TV. The general idea of the panel is to discuss how the environmental movement is using blogs to collect information, share ideas, and collaborate in new ways. In preparation for the panel, we’ve developed a very short survey to ask you how blogging impacts the built environment. It’ll take no time really, but the information is seriously helpful and we’ll discuss the results during the panel. Thanks in advance for you time and we’ll see you in Boston!!
If you’ve heard of the popular Skystream 3.7 by Southwest Windpower, then you’re probably familiar with their smaller wind turbine called Air-X. Air-X was introduced in ~2001 and flew off shelves, selling over 100,000 units. Building on the success of Air-X, Southwest Windpower recently released Air Breeze, its next iteration of the successful small wind generator. I first noticed an ad for Air Breeze in Natural Home Magazine last September and have since seen news of it popping up everywhere. Air Breeze was engineered to be quieter, more efficient, and more effective at lower wind speeds …
- Buildings inspired by nature.
- Bailout additions support solar, wind, and plug-in hybrids.
- William McDonough: the King of Green Architecture.
- Energy efficiency and emissions of UK buildings exposed.
- Google issues Clean Energy 2030 proposal.
- Consumers given various incentives to go green.
- Green retrofits more than pay for themselves.
- Minimizing legal risks for green building.
This home is the first LEED Platinum certified home in the Sacramento area. Located in Folsom, this "Home of the Future" is the product of a collaboration between BP Solar, OCR Solar & Roofing, R.J. Walter Homes, and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. Working together, the focus of the home was to design it using state-of-the-art energy efficient materials. It has dual pane windows, solar-assisted hot water and space heating, LED lighting, energy efficient appliances, and advanced framing and insulation.
How good would a chicken (or veggie, if that’s your style) burrito bowl taste, knowing that it’s been cooked by the power of on-site green energy? I haven’t tried one yet, but I can only imagine … Chipotle Mexican Grill will be opening a green restaurant in Gurnee, Illinois, which restaurant features a prominent six-kilowatt wind turbine. Although mostly a symbol for the company’s efforts to create more environmentally friendly store designs, the turbine will generate ~10% of the store’s power. The Gurnee Chipotle will have some of the following green features:
Justin Timberlake (you know: singer, actor, songwriter, producer, etc.) is a single-digit-handicap golfer, and loves the sport. Recently, he noticed that the first course he ever played golf on as a kid was going up for auction for development. Originally called Woodstock Hills, Timberlake was able to buy Big Creek with a consortium of owners. Soon after purchase, Timberlake discovered he could "green" the course, so he decided to build the upscale clubhouse, cart cottage, and maintenance facility to LEED Platinum certification standards.