Russia Tower, Largest Building in World with Natural Ventilation System [S2]

Russia Tower Russiatower5

Foster + Partners has quite the pipeline of projects and this supertall skyscraper, Russia Tower, is one of them.  Russia Tower is expected to be the tallest building in Europe, and one of the tallest in the world, coming in at a whopping 2,009 ft tall, just behind Taipei 101 and Burj Dubai.  Even further, it’ll be the largest building in the world with a natural ventilation system.  Foster + Partners designed the building with an "energy cycle" system, which is a hot water circuit that runs through the building distributing the energy to regulate temperature and heat water.  The energy cycle system is intended to chart new territory in sustainable architecture. 

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Students Upset Over New Showerheads

Stanford Showers

Stanford is progressive in its commitment to the environment, so it’s not surprising that they swapped out 1,827 showerheads in the dorms over Christmas for low-flow, eco-friendly ones.  The retrofit reduces water flow from 2.5 gallons per minute to 1.3 gallons per minute per showerhead, saving Stanford an estimated total of 12 million gallons of water per year.  And California isn’t exactly gushing with surplus water supplies, so it makes sense, right?  Seems like a smart move.

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50 Greenest Cities, Green Renovation, Nature Design, + Green Building Trends [WIR]

Week in Review

Here’s my list of links that you should probably read.  No internal link rehashing here.

Bonus – Two-Part Series on Green Renovation:

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

ecoX recycled concrete surfaces

Ecox bathroom

Looking for a another green countertop material?  Here's ecoX, an extreme concrete product offered by Meld USA.  EcoX is made of a blend of 70% post-consumer and post-industrial recycled materials and cement.  The product has the beautiful look of terrazzo and the cool smoothness of concrete, according to Meld.  

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Greenbelt, Brooklyn's First LEED Residences

Greenbelt Brooklyn

For starters, when complete, Greenbelt will use roughly 40% less energy and 30% less water than a comparable building.  And it looks fantastic, too — another case that living green doesn’t require throwing out your style.  Located at 361 Manhattan Avenue, the eight unit building has one- and two-bedroom condos that range in price from $599k – $815k.  In addition to all the green features listed below, I like how the developers plan to incorporate enhanced sound proofing and insulation in the walls, ceilings, and floors.  People would probably be more willing to live in attached spaces, if they knew the extraneous sounds wouldn’t be a problem.  Nevertheless, it’s clear the developers are setting a good example in that regard because Greenbelt will have the latest technology to minimize noise disruptions. 

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100 Percent, Another Great Product from 3form

100 Percent by 3form

100 Percent is a contertop product from 3form, which is made entirely of old milk and detergent bottles.  Pretty neat.  This means the product is made with 100% post-consumer waste, an impressive feat, even within the green product world.  100 Percent is 1" thick and available in 4 colors:   black with white specks, and white with orange, green, or gray specks (see below). 

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