Sometimes I wonder what kind of miracle it took to bring a deal like this to fruition. You have this abandoned, 40-year old warehouse with contamination, structural, and code issues. Nobody wants it. And it’s probably much easier to go somewhere else and just do what everyone else does. You rent space or build a new building. But Jeff Reaves, president of Group MacKenzie, and Jay Haladay, owner of Coaxis, saw major potential in this dilapidated structure now known as RiverEast Center. They decided to buy the property and wanted to convert it to office space for each of their growing company’s headquarters. The result?
PaperStone, aka “the Earth’s Surface,” is quite popular in green building projects. It’s most commonly used for countertops and currently available in three eco-options. “Original” is made from 50% post-consumer materials, “Certified” is made from 100% recycled materials, and “Virgin” is made from virgin fiber sources.
GreenTeamTV is on the scene in Bend, Oregon with Cary Martinez, co-founder of Abacus GC, taking a tour through one of the homes in Newport District Modern House Project. We wrote about Abacus GC’s five-house project previously, which is pursuing LEED certification. The video shows the developer’s perspective of trying to build something to suit a lifestyle: lighter footprint, less reliance on automobiles, and healthy, green living. You’ll also see some cool products, such as PaperStone counters, Eco-Terr tiles, wheatboard cabinets, Design Within Reach lights, and Jenn Air Professional Series appliances.
Although memories of elementary school for most of us may evoke images of stuffy classrooms, florescent lights, and playground bullies, students at Chartwell School located in Seaside, CA (near Monterey) are quite proud of their new school campus. That’s because the USGBC recently gave them an A+ in green building. In December, Chartwell students announced that they have the first complete educational campus to be awarded LEED Platinum, which makes them just about the greenest school campus in the country. Congrats also to Sidwell Friends School in Washington DC for their LEED Platinum middle-school building.
Green Infrastructure, Economics of Eco-Buildings, Rich Water Farmers, + GM Exec's Platinum Home [WIR]
- Green building is more than efficient, it’s economic.
- Lack of education, bureaucracy hinder green building progress.
- ‘Green’ buildings don’t have to be new.
- Farmers make more $$ selling water to cities than using it in crops.
- EPA promotes green infrastructure for better water quality.
- A GM Exec receives LEED Platinum for 4,000 sf home.
*WIR = Week in Review; a Saturday showcase of excellent links.
Existing buildings have tons of embodied energy and we can’t always go bulldozing them for brand-spanking new ones. Lots of projects need to be rehabbed and renovated, but where do we go for best practices? I like to follow other projects for ideas, such as this one that we recently featured: World’s First LEED Platinum Home Remodel. The guys behind this project, after going through a major renovation of a traditional home, posted a list of the Ten Most Critical Things to Do in a Green Remodel. They make some excellent points based on true experience, so here it is: