- What does a living building cost?
- Goodbye, Starchitects … Hello, Climate Engineers.
- Survey: Green construction helps sell houses in down economy.
- Think green before construction starts.
- FTC could begin going after companies’ false green ad claims.
- As fuel prices fall, will push for alternatives lose steam?
- California homeowner sues association over solar restrictions.
- Defense Dept. must use sustainable design in construction.
- Reuse to surpass demolition waste in construction industry.
Well over a year ago, I heard William McDonough was working with Google on some green design plans near the Googleplex (all hush hush-type stuff covered by an NDA). Since that time, I haven’t really noticed much information on those plans, that is, until I caught this article in Mountain View Voice talking about Google’s extraordinary building plans. It appears that SHoP Architects coordinated the work of several architectural firms to get these preliminary plans going. But, for the time being, Google has decided to put the green office structure on hold.
The other day I was able to tour Swaner EcoCenter with the Salt Lake City Professional Chapter of Net Impact. I took several pictures in an attempt to let you see everything I saw, so scroll down and make sure to visit the Swaner EcoCenter flickr set for more views. Although I’m an amateur when it comes to taking photos, I hope you get the idea how impressive this building is. It has beautiful woodwork, artful touches of 3form, and incredible views. The folks behind Swaner are seeking to obtain the first LEED Platinum certification in Utah, but nonetheless, the building is the greenest in Utah.
The Lucida, located in New York City’s Upper East Side, is the first LEED condominium building in the neighborhood. If the Upper East Side wasn’t rich enough for your taste, this building certainly adds to the allure. With 110 units, the smallest of which appears to be around 2,000 square feet, this building is certainly not for the average buyer, but it is beautiful.
This article was written by Charles Lockwood, a green real estate authority and consultant based in southern California and New York City. His articles have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Barron’s.
California—the state that invented freeways and suburban sprawl—has become a trendsetter again, and not a moment too soon in our new age of global climate change. In October 2008, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law SB375, which was supported by environmentalists, homebuilders, and cities and counties. SB375 will limit the state’s CO2 emissions by curbing suburban sprawl and increasing transit-based development through various incentives.
If a community plans walkable, mixed-use, transit-oriented growth that reduces automobile use and greenhouse gas emissions, for example, it gets moved to the front of the line for state and federal transportation funds. If a proposed building is located near a transit line, it will have an easier environmental review process. Why is SB375 important?