Prairie Crossing is located in Grayslake, Illinois about 40 miles north of Chicago. This beautiful, nature-focused community has preserved more than 60% of its 677 acres. An impressive measure which clearly points to the good intentions of the "developers", a group of neighbors who bought the land in the 1980′s with the goal of truly responsible development. The community has 359 homes and 36 condos versus the 2400 homes that another developer had plans for. The condos have received the highest energy star rating possible.
This 5 story, 9 unit condo building is 2800 Lincoln and is planned for the corner of Diversey Parkway and Lincoln Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. Designed by Product Architects, this contemporary green building is aiming for LEED Silver, and might even catch LEED Gold. 2800 Lincoln has a green roof, large terraces, solar panels, solar thermal hot water heating, and will be powered, in part, by geothermal energy (see diagram below). Yo Chicago reports that the developer, Helios Realty and Development, plans to break ground in the next month or two and has a lease for the ground-floor retail space in the works.
I find the stories behind green homes to be quite interesting. I was at the gym and happened upon this article in Home Magazine about Adam Coulter, a 27 year-old screenwriter and actor living in LA. He successfully battled cancer in his teens and has been in remission since that time. But since his bout with cancer, he’s always attempted to live in the healthiest environment possible. This third-floor condo is an example of Couter’s quest for healthy living — it’s been renovated with bamboo flooring, organic linen draperies, recycled glass tiles, zero-VOC paints, and locally produced, sustainable materials, etc.
I like to think that the smartest, most entrepreneurial people are reading this blog and making a difference in their own sphere of the world. Actually, I know you are because I get your emails and comments and am always encouraged by the information sharing. So I’m thinking we should kick it up a notch and someone out there, some Jetson Green reader, needs to win this Urban Re:Vision Re:Construct Competition. The general goal of the competition is to uncover and reward innovation in sustainable materials and building practices. Anything seems to be on the table, from planning codes to toilets, dry walls to moveable walls, etc. You may create some new way to create a structure, a new technique, or a something else.
Submissions are due September 15, 2008 and winners will be announced at West Coast Green. Here are some ideas to get you thinking:
Time Equities, Inc. just broke ground on 50 West Street, Manhattan’s newest green condo and hotel skyscraper. Designed by influential architect Helmut Jahn, the $600 million, 580,000 sf mixed-use eco-tower is shooting for LEED Gold certification upon completion in 2011. As a result, the 65-story tower will incorporate a host of green features and measures, including a green roof, water-efficient fixtures, automated blinds and energy control systems, recycling of demolition materials, use of sustainable and rapidly renewable materials, and an energy-efficient glass facade to filter in daylight and filter out UV rays.
The following is taken from an email from the USGBC relating to taking comments in relation to certified wood. Friday August 8, 2008, the USGBC opened the first 30-day Public Comment Period for proposed revisions in how the LEED Green Building Rating System awards points for the use of certified wood. Comments are being sought on: (1) the proposed revisions to the credit’s intent and requirements and (2) the criteria proposed in the USGBC Forest Certification System Benchmark.