Omega Center Seeks World's First Living Building Certification

The Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL), which officially opens on July 16, 2009, is at the bleeding edge of green building.  It's located on the 195-acre campus of the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York, an education and retreat center.  Not only is it on track to achieve LEED Platinum, it may be the first building in America to meet the requirements of the Living Building Challenge.

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By |July 15th, 2009|Categories: LEED, Modern architecture|5 Comments

Beyond Platinum City Hall Proposal

According to the Union-Tribune, a $432 million project is making its way to San Diego City Council for consideration as the new San Diego City Hall.  Although still in early stages, developer Gerding Edlen indicates that the design is beyond LEED Platinum, and according to some, it could be one of the greenest buildings on the West Coast if built.  The 23-story building, with a design that kind of resembles a large sail, has some of the following green elements:

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By |July 14th, 2009|Categories: News, Skyscraper|7 Comments

McGlasson WeeHouse Now For Sale

If you've ever wanted to live in a modern prefab and you're interested in living about thirty minutes north of Duluth, Minnesota, now might be your chance.  In 2005, Alchemy Architects designed this seasonal cabin of roughly 840 square feet, and after that, it became a hit in the national media.  I noticed it in Kiplinger's of all places!  The McGlasson weeHouse has two bedrooms, one and three-quarters bathrooms, a roof deck, and a detached sauna. 

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By |July 14th, 2009|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab|Tags: , |5 Comments

The Concept of LEED De-certification

LEED Version 3 has some new aspects, and the green building community is trying to understand the ins and outs.  One aspect has been talked about strenuously in the past week, and I thought we should ground ourselves a little bit.  Let’s take a step back and look at Minimum Program Requirements (“MPRs”), the concept of de-certification, or certification revocation, and whether this all means that projects can lose certification if they do not perform as designed.

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By |July 13th, 2009|Categories: LEED, News|21 Comments

Green NIMBYs, Brand Tweeting, Cost Benefit Analysis + New Energy Label

Top 100 Green Design Firms.   Should sustainable brands tweet? 99 tricks to save planet and green your home. ASHRAE unveils new building energy label. The costs versus the benefits of green […]

By |July 11th, 2009|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments

Greener Jobs: Build It Green, LEED Linc, and Green Key Real Estate

We just opened up a free, beta service for readers at Greener Jobs this week.  The response has been great, and the site has three new job listings already.  If you're a […]

By |July 11th, 2009|Categories: News|1 Comment
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