High-Rise Rehab with a Huge Green Wall

A solar and wind powered green substation isn't the only project in Portland to receive federal funds.  The Edith Green/Wendall Wyatt Federal Building is getting well over a $100 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to renovate all aspects of the building.  The most noticeable change will be a vast wall of greenery covering the westerly facade.  


By |January 18th, 2010|Categories: Nature, Skyscraper|4 Comments

Portland Awaits Innovative Solar and Wind Powered Light Rail Substation

About one month ago, construction began on this ambitious light rail substation for the South Terminus of TriMet's Portland Mall Light Rail Line.  The station, designed by Hennebery Eddy Architects, combines style with salvaged materials and a unique solar and wind power scheme. 


By |January 17th, 2010|Categories: Solar, Wind|Tags: |10 Comments

LivingHomes Now Available Nationally!

I imagine you've heard the news this week from LivingHomes' headquarters in Santa Monica.  All LivingHomes, whether designed by Ray Kappe or KieranTimberlake, are now available throughout most of the United States.  In addition, the company — a pioneer in green prefab — announced a new prefab home model designed by Ray Kappe and wood-frame construction on all Kappe LivingHomes. 


By |January 16th, 2010|Categories: News, Prefab|Tags: , , |1 Comment

IAQ Challenge, Mandatory Green, Tempering Grandiosity, + Turbine Huff

Building efficiency replaces grandiosity.  Small wind turbines leave some in a huff. Overcoming barriers to manufactured housing.  Study: 50% of non-residential buildings will be green by 2015. Getting answers […]

By |January 16th, 2010|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments

Old and New in a Zero Energy Casita

Recently, we had to opportunity to talk with Don Ferrier about the progress of a home called the Zero Energy Casita.  Ferrier, president of Ferrier Custom Homes, started building earth-sheltered homes 25 years ago and has the distinct accomplishment of building the first LEED Platinum home in Texas.  In this net zero energy beauty, Ferrier is building a home that generates as much energy in the course of a year as it consumes. 


By |January 15th, 2010|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Single Family|5 Comments

Huge Solar Rack Structure Installed in NJ

A new solar racking structure — one of the largest continuous elevated solar racking structures in the country that spans the length of three football fields — was just completed for the Manheim Auto Auction in Bordentown, New Jersey.  Rated at 1 MW, the project includes 5,880 photovoltaic panels covering 104,000 square feet. 


By |January 14th, 2010|Categories: Corporate, Solar|Tags: |3 Comments

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