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Austin’s Solar SunFlower Electric Garden

Every now and then, you see something just knocks your socks off.  It’s either beautiful or creative or cutting-edge or all three.  And that’s what happened when I read about these solar SunFlowers created by Mags Harries and Lajos Héder for Catellus Development Company in Austin, Texas.  The permanent public art display was switched on in July and features 15 SunFlowers – photovoltaic solar collector panels on welded steel frames and stems. 

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By |August 18th, 2009|Categories: Gadgets, Solar|Tags: , |4 Comments
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Portland's First Rooftop Wind Turbines

Over the weekend, Hoffman Construction lifted four Southwest Windpower turbines into place on top of a new building, Twelve West.  Located at Southwest 12th Avenue and Washington Street, Twelve West includes a mixture of office and apartment spaces and was designed by Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects to achieve LEED Platinum certification.  ZGF included the turbines in early renderings, and developer Gerding Edlen, probably the foremost green developer on the West Coast, determined to give the turbines serious chance.

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By |August 18th, 2009|Categories: Gadgets, Wind|Tags: |14 Comments
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Modern Prefab Display for Palm Pre

We've talked about Taalman Koch Architecture a number of times previously (specifically with the off-grid itHouse and Three Junipers), and they're making a bit of news with this temporary space for the Palm Pre, which was recently on display at The Americana at Brand in Glendale, California.  The 240 square-foot exhibit had to be built in twelve hours or less, and Taalman Koch was able to get that done using a stripped down version of the itHouse. 

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By |August 17th, 2009|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab|2 Comments
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Innovative Projects, Big Future, Harvesting Taxes, + the Green Boom

Seven innovative green projects for 2009. How to harvest green building tax benefits. Selling Americans on a green collar economy. Dispelling two small business sustainability myths.  Execs see big future for […]

By |August 15th, 2009|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments
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Check Out These Greener Jobs

We're in beta with a green building job board, and everything's been going pretty good so far.  Plus, with all the talk about green collar jobs, we thought we could at least help out a […]

By |August 15th, 2009|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |1 Comment
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Green Prefab Townhomes Hit Oakland

Prefab multifamily is the new black these days, which is why we’ve been watching startup ZETA Communities with interest.  ZETA, which stands for Zero Energy Technology and Architecture, finished these live/work, net zero energy townhomes in Oakland and has a number of other projects in the works.  The townhomes achieved LEED Platinum certification, a 240 green point rating, and an EPA Indoor airPLUS, the EPA’s highest indoor air rating.  Each home is 1,540 square feet with two bedrooms and a single-car garage.  And they’re packed with some of the following green elements and strategies:

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By |August 14th, 2009|Categories: Multifamily, Prefab, Townhouse|Tags: , |4 Comments
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