Swank LEED Silver Designed Hotel Felix

Chicago's Hotel Felix, formerly known as Wacker Hotel, re-opened its doors in April 2009.  Felix is a 225-room, boutique hotel that's been designed (not yet certified) to receive LEED Silver certification.  The lodging also received four out of five Green Eco-Leafs, which indicates that the hotel has been audited and complies with 38 (of 70) unique eco-initiatives.  Some of these green features and initiatives include the following:

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By |May 12th, 2009|Categories: Hotel, LEED|1 Comment

Prefab Green Book [Giveaway]

We're giving away a copy of this book to one commenter below, so make sure to comment with a valid email before midnight on Friday, May 15, 2009.*

Prefab Green by Michelle Kaufmann is one-hundred and seventy-six pages of mixed images and information certain to please anyone interested in this burgeoning industry.  Gibbs Smith, the architectural publishing powerhouse, released the book in January of this year, and if you're looking for insider expertise on prefab construction, I suggesting picking up a copy. 

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By |May 11th, 2009|Categories: book, Giveaways, Prefab|113 Comments

Living in a Tesla World [Video]

Transportation is inextricably linked with (green) buildings.  And for a number of reasons — peak oil, national security, price gouging, and concern for the environment — the current oil-based transportation system is dying.  Its death started with hybrids, and to a certain extent, continued with natural gas vehicles.  With the advent of electrical vehicles, we will all witness the slow, prolonged, and painful death of oil-based transportation.  Tonight Dateline NBC gave us a glimpse of the next generation of transportation in Tesla Motors.  The future of electrical cars is bright, but let's be clear: it's complicated, too.

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By |May 10th, 2009|Categories: Gadgets|Tags: , |2 Comments

Nature Mimicry, Lower Sick Days, Fade to Gray, + Costly Designations

Top ten green architecture twitters. Making sure green buildings don't fade to gray. Do green buildings really lower sick days? Nature's success inspires green building mimicry. Ground zero for the green housing movement. […]

By |May 9th, 2009|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments

Off the Grid Day Labor Station

Today, the Holcim Foundation honored four projects with Global Holcim Awards – a nod to projects that improve lives, reduce environmental footprints, and lead the way to a more sustainable future.  I thought the “Innovation” project was quite interesting.  The $50k Innovation prize went to Liz Ogbu and John Peterson of San Francisco-based Public Architecture for their design of an informal station where laborers can meet and wait for casual work.  If you haven’t already seen the self-contained, off-the-grid station, check it out below:

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By |May 8th, 2009|Categories: Affordable, Modern architecture, News|1 Comment

LEED Gold Henry Miller Theatre

The Henry Miller Theatre on 43rd Street in Times Square is pursuing LEED Gold certification.  The broadway theater is located inside Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park and will have 1,055 seats.  But what's interesting about it is how the facade was braced from the front while everything behind it was demolished (see below).  The 1918 Georgian facade fronts a brand new 50,000 square-foot facility with 95% air filtration, FSC-certified wood products, locally-sourced marble, and waterless urinals, etc. 

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By |May 8th, 2009|Categories: Corporate, LEED|1 Comment
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