Indiana Green Bank Uses Wind, Solar + Geothermal

I call dibs on this prediction: to the extent that banks can keep themselves from drowning financially, we’re going to see a huge proliferation of green branches over the next five years.  The guy on the video uses the word "fad", but I think we all know it’s more than that.  This branch here, First Federal Savings Bank, is located in Mishawaka, Indiana and just opened last week.  The local press gave the retail pad some pretty positive coverage, as you can tell from the images, video, and diagram.  The LEED Registered, $2.5 M branch relies on a wind turbine, solar panels, energy efficient windows, Agriboard compressed-straw panels, permeable pavers, and geothermal heating and cooling.

++A Different Green for Banks [South Bend Trib]

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2008 AIA/COTE Top 10 Green Projects Announced!

2008 AIA/COTE TOP TEN GREEN PROJECTS

Every year, the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) invites electronic submissions of built projects and announces ten (10) award winners.  I’ve included direct links to each project below — after the links, you’ll find detailed case studies and background information.  Here they are …

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8 Chifley Square Adds Color to Green Tower Design [S2]

8 Chifley Square

Soon there could be a new, sustainable tower rising in the Sydney skyline at 8 Chifley Square.  Subject to council approval, the colorful building would seek both a six-star Green Star and five-star ABGR rating, the highest level of certification available under both systems.  With design like that, it won’t surprise many that 8 Chifley is expected to use 50% less energy than a comparable Sydney CBD building.

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Sprawl Home Discounts, Big City LEED and Codes, + Future of Green Buildings [WIR]

Week in Review

*WIR = Week in Review; a Saturday showcase of excellent links.

Help Project H Design Give 100 Lifestraw Systems

Lifestraw

Last February, we mentioned Project H Design and Emily Pilloton’s project to provide 50 Hippo Rollers to a community in South Africa.  They met the initial goal of 50 and ended up providing something like 75 Hippo Rollers.  Project H Design is now working towards providing over 100 Lifestraw Family systems to a community in Mumbai, India.  If you are interested in contributing to the cause, please feel free to donate at Project H Design

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Method Homes Debuts New Prefab Design

The Method Cabin

Update 7/24/08 – The Method Cabin is now complete!

We have a new company here, Method Homes, that just announced the construction of their first prefab model, The Method Cabin.  Method Homes is targeting LEED-H Gold certification for the five-module abode, which will be about 1811 sf with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.  I’ve been navigating through the blog a little bit, studying the details of this first design, and I definitely like what I see so far.  Designed by Seattle architectural firm, Balance Associates, The Method Cabin will have that trendy cantilevered roof and efficient, functional floor plans.  It will also have some nice green touches with Kliptech Ecotop countertops, Bamboo Hardwoods cabinets and flooring, and the Warmboard radiant sub floor. 

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