Zero Energy Idea House Breaks Ground

Zeh_rendering

At the tail end of last week, Shirey Contracting broke ground on the Zero Energy Idea House located at Bass Cove near Bellevue, Washington.  The house is intended to be kind of an inspirational structure that can help homeowners move toward energy independence.  As a zero energy house*, the goal is to generate all the necessary energy from on-site power and efficiency measures.  Specifically, the Idea House will have rooftop solar, solar hot water, and a vertical-axis small wind turbine, judging by the rendering.  In addition, the 1700 sf home will have a large, 1200 sf green roof and a host of other green features, such as:

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High Design at The Riverhouse

Vivavi at Riverhouse

This is an interior shot of the new Vivavi Pop-Up Store at The Riverhouse in Battery Park City.  I was emailing with Josh Dorfman, founder and CEO of Vivavi, about the store prior to the giveaway last week and he’s pretty excited about the designers slated for the store.  You may notice the Girado chairs, Signature 2.0 console, club chair & ottoman, and Spring Chairs, but probably one of my favorite designs in the store is the artwork by Sandy Schimmel.  I’ve included a few images below — they’re made from junk mail scraps. 

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Geos, a Sustainable GeoSolar Community

Geos Home

Geos is a community located in Arvada, Colorado.  With homes starting in the low $200,000, it is an affordable green community seeking status as the first fossil fuel free community in the United States.  The homes combine the benefits of both geothermal and solar energy.  Homes range from 850 to 3500+ square feet and include a variety of living options from live/work townhomes to single level flats. 

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Concourse E Tells a Modern Green Story

Manigault Manigault

Several months ago we blogged about Concourse E and two projects going up in Atlanta.  Today Concourse E’s owner Jeff Demetriou shot me an email with a link to the new Concourse E Blog.  I was reading back into their blog archives and noticed that 81 Weatherby, a serious modern looker, will have what seems to be the first residential green roof in Georgia.  Impressive!  Concourse E is getting pretty close to finishing both homes that we talked about in the rendering phase, so we’ll keep you posted.  In the meantime, go check out articles and photos at the new blog. 

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ECOBAY Focuses on Sustainability

Ecobay

One thing we’re seeing for sure is an increasing amount of activity in the masterplanned, sustainable city area.  Last January, schmidt hammer lassen architects won an international competition to design ECOBAY, a new town situated on the Paljassaare peninsula near the Estonian capital of Tallinn.  In collaboration with Buro Happold Consulting Engineers and Møller & Grønborg, ECOBAY has been designed with everything one would need in close proximity: housing, schools, local shops, businesses, and other amenities — all within walking or biking distance.  In addition, the town will utilize geothermal, small-scale wind, and surplus energy from the nearby wastewater facility. 

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