Check out this video with Rob Watson, a green building leader often referred to as the Father of LEED. Watson discusses general green building and current market trends. Towards the end of the video, he kind of eases into a discussion of Serious Materials, but that’s okay because Serious Materials is a legit company in terms of sustainable building materials. Most recently, Serious Materials took the category award at 2008 GoingGreen 100 for green building materials. I’ve transcribed some of the interesting quotes from this video below:
University of California, San Diego is in the process of installing Solar Trees by Envision Solar on the roofs of two of its parking garages. The Solar Trees are designed to provide clean energy for the campus, shade for vehicle parking, and future infrastructure for electrical vehicles. Each Solar Tree at UCSD will generate more than 17,000 hours of clean energy per year, which is enough to power more than four single-family homes. In aggregate, with two parking garages topped with Solar Trees, you can imagine the power they’re generating.
There's an interesting story to the green building certification of the historic Mutual Building in Lansing, Michigan. Not only did it receive LEED Platinum certification in both the LEED-CS and LEED-CI ratings systems, making it the world's first building to do so, it's also an historic building that's been preserved, renovated, and certified. People will, in all likelihood, discuss the building's double platinum certification, but I think it is more commendable and noteworthy that they did all that in the context of a building listed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks. It's quite incredible …
- NRDC Report: Green investment now = 2 million jobs.
- Demand is growing for low-impact "green" homes.
- Building integrated solar cells could make solar more attractive.
- Nature is inspiring green design for pretty much everything!
- Eco-friendly loft project reuses industrial site.
- Green buildings gaining steam, albeit slowly.
- Sustainable buildings are virtuous, but they can be ugly.
- Oregon building opts for Green Globes instead of LEED.
- Can a building be LEED certified without being green?
As an interesting example of adaptive reuse, I thought it would be fun to showcase the design of Menefee + Winer’s office in Atlanta, Georgia. Located at 1075 Brady Avenue near Georgia Tech, the 4,100 sf building used to be bland, gray muffler shop (see bottom) — but now with its vibrant colors and fierce shape, how about the transformation? This LEED Silver building is also, interestingly, the first LEED-NC certified architect’s office in Georgia. Here are a few things they incorporated through the gut rehab: