- NRDC Report: Green investment now = 2 million jobs.
- Demand is growing for low-impact "green" homes.
- Building integrated solar cells could make solar more attractive.
- Nature is inspiring green design for pretty much everything!
- Eco-friendly loft project reuses industrial site.
- Green buildings gaining steam, albeit slowly.
- Sustainable buildings are virtuous, but they can be ugly.
- Oregon building opts for Green Globes instead of LEED.
- Can a building be LEED certified without being green?
As an interesting example of adaptive reuse, I thought it would be fun to showcase the design of Menefee + Winer’s office in Atlanta, Georgia. Located at 1075 Brady Avenue near Georgia Tech, the 4,100 sf building used to be bland, gray muffler shop (see bottom) — but now with its vibrant colors and fierce shape, how about the transformation? This LEED Silver building is also, interestingly, the first LEED-NC certified architect’s office in Georgia. Here are a few things they incorporated through the gut rehab:
We’re proud media sponsors of West Coast Green and I know some of you would like to attend. The event is fast approaching on September 25-27th at the San Jose Convention Center and we just received word from WCG that a little more volunteer help is needed! In exchange for working a 6-hour shift, volunteers receive a full conference pass (a $575 value) and West Coast Green tshirt. Volunteers provide crucial support enabling the success of the conference. You’ll be able to check out over 400 exhibitors of the latest innovative building materials, hear from the 150 leaders and visionaries in green building, and experience the West Coast Green Harbinger Showhouse designed by SG-Blocks.
To volunteer, please fill out the form at http://westcoastgreen.com/register/volunteer-register.php.
Dwell and Google Sketchup came together to hold a Design Your Dwelling contest and the grand prize winner has been chosen. Drew Wilgus, resident of North Carolina and intern at The Roberts Group + Fanning Howey, took top honors for his green home concept. According to Christopher Bright on the Dwell Blog, the Wilgus design "stood out for its sustainable elements, integration into the local landscape, keen material use, and striking aesthetic."
Tryon Farm is an architecturally diverse conservation community located about an hour outside of Chicago. Three quarters of the community’s 170 acres remain undeveloped. The landscape is comprised of woods, restored meadows, and wetlands. The homes range in style from contemporary to modern to traditional and somehow the varied designs blend seamlessly in this beautiful, natural setting.