Just recently, the new headquarters for the Barton Group was awarded LEED Platinum, a noteworthy achievement for an historic building originally built in 1865. The building appears to be only the seventh Platinum building in New York (and the 105th in the country) and was a finalist for ED+C's 2008 Excellence in Design Awards. The 16,000 square foot building now has a green roof, energy-efficient windows, a raised floor for air and electrical, a rainwater collection system, and a number of other green features:
Currently, the only LEED Platinum (non-home) project in Kentucky is a visitor center, and this commercial building, The Green Building, could just become the next. Located in the East Market District of Louisville Kentucky, an area increasingly being referred to as “NuLu,” or New Louisville, The Green Building is a major renovation of an old building. Originally built 110 years ago as a dry goods store, the 14,000 sf masonry structure now houses a café, gallery, record label, book store, and more. Its owners are Augusta and Gill Holland, transplants from New York who fell in love with the distressed East Market District.
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About a month ago, we featured Concourse E's green home in Atlanta on 81 Weatherby, but Concourse E also developed the neighboring parcel with two townhomes. Like 81, 85 and 89 Weatherby are both posh, modern, and green — just the way we like them. 85 is going for $524,500, while 89 is going for $529,500, which is roughly $170 per square foot. For that, you get three bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms, and a large list of green features:
Just the other day, a hillside home in Palm Springs was featured in The Desert Sun. The contemporary abode was designed by Lance O'Donnell of o2 Architecture, and he's hoping to get LEED Platinum certification in the next few months. Lance was kind enough to provide some photos of the inside and outside, but if you're in the area and want to see more, make sure to attend the open house this Saturday from 1-5 pm at 2299 N. Via Monte Vista, Palm Springs.
Just about a week ago, National Geographic released a new book called True Green Home: 100 Inspirational Ideas for Creating a Green Environment at Home. The book features, of course, 100 green ideas, as well as 10 company case studies and a resource index with links and a glossary. Oddly, I guess our site was good enough to get a free review copy of the book, but not quite good enough to get listed in the links section. But that's okay, we're still riding a high from being listed in The Gort Cloud … Anyway, True Green Home packages basic green concepts in a nice way — it's particularly helpful for starters and anyone looking for inspiration.