Whitehead-Elniski Residence, Green Adaptive Reuse!

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This is a refreshing story of a another innovative green home in Chicago.  Frances Whitehead and James Elniski recently had their green home featured in NY Times.  It’s a fantastic rendition of green adaptive reuse.  Check the images of the living rooftop and two twirling turbines (by Windside).  Those turbines cost about $40,000,including installation, and provide about $500 per year in savings.  Still, the owners don’t mind the payback of 80 years because their perspective is guided by the realities of a carbon cluttered world.  Drastic times require drastic actions?

This live/work residence has some of the following green features: cellulose insulation, geothermal heating and cooling, solar thermal hot water and cooling, photovoltaic panels, rainwater collection cisterns, and water-saving appliances and dual-flush toilets, etc.  Perhaps the greenest feature of all is that the building used to be a blighted, 3000 sf, brick warehouse on a chunk of land with a contaminated underground gasoline storage tank.  Ugh … removing USTs can be nasty, expensive, and fraught with administrative burdens, too. 

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Many Moons Design, Reclaimed Handcrafted Furniture

Many Moons Design Furniture

Many Moons Design is a small, craftsmanship-based company in Lexington, Kentucky.  They salvage wood and other materials to make beautiful furniture with designs ranging from rustic to modern.  They also use a beautiful selection of woods, including colored woods, walnut and white oak.  Some of the wood even comes from famous landmarks such as the Jim Beam distillery in Louisville, Kentucky.  Pretty neat! 

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High Line 23 – Critically Acclaimed, Chasing LEED [S2]

High Line 23 - Neil M Denari Architects High Line 23 - Neil M Denari Architects

There’s a new green project under construction in New York’s West Chelsea Arts district that just so happens to be the first free-standing project for Neil M. Denari Architects.  Known as High Line 23, or HL23, the design is defined, at least in part, by the small ground floor footprint of 40′ x 99′.  As you can tell from the images, the building starts small and hovers 14 floors into the air over abandoned railroad tracks (note: those tracks will soon be a thriving green park area).  The $22 million, 39,200 sf condo tower will have a private garden at the building’s base and 11 condo homes — nine full floor residences and a duplex penthouse on the top floor.  Residences range in size from 1,850 – 3,600 sf and price from $2.7 – $10.5 million.

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Green MBS and REITs, Solar's 90% Potential, Walmart on Sustainability, + Emissions Reductions [WIR]

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

USGBC Tackles Residential Remodeling with Guidelines (not Certification)

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If you own a home, you’re likely to have a remodeling story. The good, the bad, the never-quite finished.  One thing’s for sure; every remodel is different.  Given the depth and breadth of residential remodeling, the USGBC, in collaboration with the American Society of Interior Designers, is formally releasing their REGREEN Residential Remodeling Guidelines today at the INTERIORS 08 conference in New Orleans.  Not to be confused with the LEED for Homes rating system (a certification program), REGREEN is a set of remodeling guidelines.

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Prefab Low Cost, Fast Assembly Can Be Elusive [WSJ]

Napa Prefab

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