- Debunking five half truths about recycling.
- Green building is the state of the art.
- Cheap green: home rating systems.
- Report: grid overhaul needed to handle solar/wind power.
- Man-made energy island conceived to supply green energy.
- Costco aggressively pursues options to reduce impact.
- LEED for Existing Buildings helps owners compete in tough market.
- President-Elect Obama looks to establish Office of Urban Policy.
- Many consider benefits of taking the LEED.
Check out these modern green town homes being developed by Yolande Nicholson called Nzinga Town Homes. Designed by Garrison Architects (the same firm that brought you the Tread Lightly House), each Nzinga Town Home residence consists of 2900 total square feet with 2000 sf of living space and 900 sf for a separate apartment space. The homes are open, airy, and abundant with natural light, but if you’re looking for a little privacy, the vertical trellis work seems just right for a green wall and some natural shading.
Meyer Wells Furniture, based in Seattle, Washington, is an impressive model of sustainable business practices. Owners John Wells, a furniture designer, and Seth Meyer, a master craftsman, teamed up to start this company which produces beautiful furniture from reclaimed local wood. This reclaimed wood has a unique story — it comes from "urban trees".
Over a year ago, we mentioned Verdier Van & Camper’s Eco-Camper, the posh recreational throwback to VW’s Westfalia, and it looks like the Solar Power Eco-Camper has a new look. Verdier now offers five different personalities of the award-winning vehicle: Woody, Geeky, Ebony, Blueberry, and Purity. The eco-camper configuration is an add-on package available in any personality and entails solar panels, hybrid engine, Sun Tracker system, two gazebos, a second floor area, sliding door with integrated ladder, folding furniture, cargo storage, etc. The price? $129,000.
You’ve probably heard about Marmol Radziner Prefab‘s latest single-module offering called the RINCON, right? RINCON is the moniker for their latest modular series, a line of homes that can double as a small prefab dwelling or ancillary living structure, you name it. The name is inspired by the Spanish word for "nook" — an apt description for this little accessory structure. The largest model in the series is RINCON 5, and it’s a 660 sf model with full kitchen, living room, bedroom, and deck area.
I’ve always been kind of irked by the fact that President Reagan, after having the White House’s leaky roof fixed, never replaced the solar hot water panels installed by President Carter. But it’s hard to judge him because I was barely crawling at the time — I have no idea what was going on in the collective conscious of that generation. I mean, Al Gore mentions in Sunday’s Op-Ed in the NY Times that President Nixon established Project Independence 35 years ago with a goal to, in seven years time, develop the potential to meet our country’s energy needs without having to rely on any foreign energy sources. Yet, that never happened and Reagan’s act, the way I see it, symbolically shut the door on the possibility of American energy self-reliance. At least for the time being.