Putting Parking Lots to Good Use

Envision Solar Parking Garage

University of California, San Diego is in the process of installing Solar Trees by Envision Solar on the roofs of two of its parking garages.  The Solar Trees are designed to provide clean energy for the campus, shade for vehicle parking, and future infrastructure for electrical vehicles.  Each Solar Tree at UCSD will generate more than 17,000 hours of clean energy per year, which is enough to power more than four single-family homes.  In aggregate, with two parking garages topped with Solar Trees, you can imagine the power they’re generating. 

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World's First Dual LEED Platinum Building

Christman

There's an interesting story to the green building certification of the historic Mutual Building in Lansing, Michigan.  Not only did it receive LEED Platinum certification in both the LEED-CS and LEED-CI ratings systems, making it the world's first building to do so, it's also an historic building that's been preserved, renovated, and certified.  People will, in all likelihood, discuss the building's double platinum certification, but I think it is more commendable and noteworthy that they did all that in the context of a building listed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks.  It's quite incredible …

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Opting for Green Globes, Biomimicry, Low Impact Homes, + Ugly Green Design

Week in Review

Blogs worth reading: The Greeniest, designTURF + GroovyGreen.

Muffler Shop Converted to First LEED-NC Architect Office in Georgia

Menefee + Winer LEED Office

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:

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How to Attend West Coast Green Free!

West Coast Green

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

Wilgus Green Home Concept Honored

Wilgus Home

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."

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