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Learning from a Dead Living Wall

At one time, Paradise Park Children's Centre in London had a lush vertical hydroponic garden covering certain portions of the structure.  That time is no more, reports The Architects' Journal, the BBC, and the London Evening Standard.  The building, designed by DSDHA, called for a living wall to mitigate against planting the structure on a portion of open park space.  DSDHA retained landscape architect Marie Clarke and had the green wall system installed at a cost of £100,000.

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By |September 8th, 2009|Categories: Nature, News|Tags: |9 Comments
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Green Container House in Houston

Some of you may be tired of container homes, but this one, the Cordell House, is too interesting not to talk about.  Designed by Christopher Robertson and developed by Numen Development, L.P., it’s a 1,858 square-foot pad with three bedrooms and three bathrooms.  And in addition to being built with a number of green elements (described below), the developer was able to keep construction waste to a minimum with ten contractor trash bags total.

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By |September 7th, 2009|Categories: Container Design, Modern architecture, Single Family|Tags: |25 Comments
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Nature Connection, Curbing Sprawl, Comeback Eco-Cities, + Enviro-Disaster

Forget curbing suburban sprawl. Eco-cities: building a comeback? 9 rooftop photovoltaic installation tips. Fed officials praise Kansas City's green impact zone. Should green building certification be guaranteed? Does collecting data = better […]

By |September 5th, 2009|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments
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Greener Jobs Roundup 9/5/2009

The beta experiment with our green job board is going pretty good so far.  With all the talk about green collar jobs, we thought we could at least help out a little bit, so if […]

By |September 5th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments
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Marken Passive LEED Platinum Home

About a month and a half ago, Marken Projects, founded by developer Alexander Maurer and based in Vancouver, BC, announced plans to build this 2,400 square foot home.  It’s going to be Passive House certified, LEED Platinum certified in Canada, and built using a German modular wood building system.  Needless to say, it has all the components of the kind of projects we like.

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By |September 4th, 2009|Categories: LEED, Modern architecture, Single Family|Tags: , , |6 Comments
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Hotel Chain Saves $4.4 M Annually with Fresh LED Signage

We all know there's money in energy efficiency, but sometimes, it's hard to justify the upfront costs to receive the benefits over time.  When crunching the numbers, it helps to recall the Energy Pie Chart that Steven Chu posted to his Facebook recently — lighting accounts for 26% of energy use in commercial buildings!  Which is why Holiday Inn will save ~$4.4 million annually as they swap out their neon and fluorescent signage for super efficient LED signage. 

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By |September 3rd, 2009|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Hotel|8 Comments
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