Retrofit Market, Green Valuation, Greenwashing Claims + Twitter Time

Make me greener, please. 8 innovative green buildings. Potential $400 B market for green building retrofits. Interactive graphic: how to green your home. The challenge of green building valuation. Toronto developers see […]

By |June 20th, 2009|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments

The Ultimate Modern Desert House

The July/August issue of Dwell brings us this beautiful desert home in Pioneertown, California (not too far from Three Junipers, actually).  The home was designed by architect Lloyd Russell for Jim Austin, an entrepreneur who wanted something simple.  The functional home of 1,600 square feet is what Austin calls, “the ultimate desert structure.”  It’s built with recycled and durable materials, as well as a prominent steel canopy that shelters and shades the home.

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By |June 19th, 2009|Categories: Modern architecture, Single Family|72 Comments

Frugal Smart LEED Discovery Center

This is a new urban nature center, the Discovery Center at the Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC), which will open Saturday, June 20, 2009.  Although the initial goal was to achieve LEED Silver, the 10,000 square-foot facility will likely achieve LEED Gold as a result of an early and collaborative effort by owner CNC, architect Lord, Aeck & Sargent, landscape architect EDAW, and general contractor Genoa Construction, et al.  Here's what it's all about:

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By |June 19th, 2009|Categories: LEED|1 Comment

Green Cubed Modern Eco Lux Home

This is the Green Cubed house, which was designed by Nelse Design + Build.  Located on an infill lot in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood of Seattle, the 5-star home was recently the superstar of a Green Built home tour.  And for those in the area, this modern, single-family home is listed for sale for $900,00, which includes four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms in a 2,667 square-foot package.  Some of its many green features include the following:

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By |June 18th, 2009|Categories: Modern architecture, Single Family|Tags: |4 Comments

Small Shed with Reclaimed Rainscreen

In conjunction with the small structures trend we’re following, reader Joseph Sandy sent in these photos of his 8′ x 10′ backyard shed in Sonoma County, California.  Sandy bought $180 worth of old fencing from Heritage Salvage, the local reclaimed material supplier, and cut the pieces in usable 2′ segments to create the mesmerizing reclaimed rainscreen.  With a polycarbonate clerestory and plywood/pegboard walls, the inside is ready to go.  And Sandy liked the finished look so much, he’s thinking of turning the design into a prefab kit offering of sheds, studios, offices, and housing.

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By |June 17th, 2009|Categories: Prefab|Tags: , , |3 Comments

Vibrant Columbia City Green Homes

Columbia City Green is a Case Design + Project Management development of two homes in the Columbia City neighborhood of Seattle.  The grand opening for this first home was last weekend, and Case Architects was kind enough to provide these interior and exterior photos.  It's Built Green certified and includes three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, and a bonus room — all for the price of $699,000 (if still available).  In addition to the vibrant green CertainTeed Fiber Cement siding, the home features a number of other green products and elements:

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By |June 17th, 2009|Categories: Modern architecture, Single Family|Tags: |4 Comments
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