The Eco Office Reaches New Heights

The Southface Eco Office is a state of the art building designed by Lord, Aeck & Sargent.  The Atlanta building has 10,000 square feet of space spread throughout three levels, as well as an upper-level green roof space.  The building is the same size as roughly three-quarters of the commercial buildings in the country, yet it's different in a number of ways.  Not only is it LEED Platinum certified, the highest level achievable, but The Eco Office was designed to use 53% less energy and 84% less water. 

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By |August 18th, 2009|Categories: LEED|4 Comments

Austin’s Solar SunFlower Electric Garden

Every now and then, you see something just knocks your socks off.  It’s either beautiful or creative or cutting-edge or all three.  And that’s what happened when I read about these solar SunFlowers created by Mags Harries and Lajos Héder for Catellus Development Company in Austin, Texas.  The permanent public art display was switched on in July and features 15 SunFlowers – photovoltaic solar collector panels on welded steel frames and stems. 

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By |August 18th, 2009|Categories: Gadgets, Solar|Tags: , |4 Comments

Portland's First Rooftop Wind Turbines

Over the weekend, Hoffman Construction lifted four Southwest Windpower turbines into place on top of a new building, Twelve West.  Located at Southwest 12th Avenue and Washington Street, Twelve West includes a mixture of office and apartment spaces and was designed by Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects to achieve LEED Platinum certification.  ZGF included the turbines in early renderings, and developer Gerding Edlen, probably the foremost green developer on the West Coast, determined to give the turbines serious chance.

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By |August 18th, 2009|Categories: Gadgets, Wind|Tags: |14 Comments

Modern Prefab Display for Palm Pre

We've talked about Taalman Koch Architecture a number of times previously (specifically with the off-grid itHouse and Three Junipers), and they're making a bit of news with this temporary space for the Palm Pre, which was recently on display at The Americana at Brand in Glendale, California.  The 240 square-foot exhibit had to be built in twelve hours or less, and Taalman Koch was able to get that done using a stripped down version of the itHouse. 

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By |August 17th, 2009|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab|2 Comments

Innovative Projects, Big Future, Harvesting Taxes, + the Green Boom

Seven innovative green projects for 2009. How to harvest green building tax benefits. Selling Americans on a green collar economy. Dispelling two small business sustainability myths.  Execs see big future for […]

By |August 15th, 2009|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments

Check Out These Greener Jobs

We're in beta with a green building job board, and everything's been going pretty good so far.  Plus, with all the talk about green collar jobs, we thought we could at least help out a […]

By |August 15th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |1 Comment
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