Platinum Style Green Home Renovation

Just look at the before and after photos of this green home and you'll see a couple critical renovation strategies: (1) get rid of water-sucking grass without making your landscaping look crazy, and (2) keep the same size and scale of your home rather than building it into a monstrosity.  This home, located at 8020 S.W. Elmwood Street in Southwest Portland, is expected to receive the rare designation of LEED Platinum certification and is now listed for sale at $850,000.  Here are some of its green elements:

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By |March 31st, 2009|Categories: LEED, Single Family|Tags: |8 Comments

Architects Are Creating 'Killing Machines'

William McDonough* has always been a beacon and true voice of environmental leadership, despite what a recent magazine article may be trying to say.  Case in point, just last week he warned of a lop-sided focus on carbon during his keynote speech at the ParkCity conference in London (organized by Cabe and Natural England).  If you've ever listened to Mr. McDonough, you know his speeches are captivating — there's always a lot worth remembering — but in this most recent keynote, one particular sound bite has been making the internet rounds.  He likened buildings to "killing machines:"

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By |March 30th, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: |22 Comments

PTI: Sub-$300 Green Office Chair?

Pardon the interruption, but I thought I would tap into the collective knowledge of readers for a little assistance. We've mentioned some awesome office chairs in the past, including the Zody and Embody, but I […]

By |March 30th, 2009|Categories: Furniture|11 Comments

Two Portland Habitat for Humanity Homes Seeking LEED Platinum

There's a conundrum in the green building world that a lot of people are working on.  They're trying to figure out how to building homes that are both sustainable and affordable — homes that most of us can approach.  I could rattle off a list of folks working on this, and Habitat for Humanity would certainly be at the top.  We just mentioned how a Michigan branch of Habitat for Humanity designed and built a LEED Platinum affordable home; and now according to The Oregonian, two Habitat homes in Portland are seeking LEED Platinum certification.  The goal with these homes, like the Michigan home, was to test out various green strategies and technology for affordability.  Here's a little more background:

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By |March 30th, 2009|Categories: Affordable, LEED|Tags: |3 Comments

Smaller Homes, Sustainable Cities, Eco Blight, + Thinking Negawatts

Think negawatts, not megawatts. Economy versus the environment. How companies are investing in sustainability. Americans moving into smaller, smarter homes. It's not easy turning co-op boards green. Portland deemed most sustainable city. Solar […]

By |March 28th, 2009|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments

Simple Post and Beam Prefab: Live Edge

It's fascinating to see the many and various forms created by prefab construction.  In this case, Live Edge and Paul Discoe are using a Japanese post and beam system of construction (see bottom two images) to create somewhat traditional (but clean) and warm prefab homes.  These homes are absolutely beautiful and built using reclaimed urban trees, which are removed for disease, storm damage, danger of falling, or construction clearing, etc.  The home pictured above is Live Edge's one-bedroom prototype, and the one immediately below is a two-bedroom home. 

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By |March 27th, 2009|Categories: Prefab, Single Family|Tags: |3 Comments
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