Putting Parking Lots to Good Use

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. 

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By |September 15th, 2008|Categories: Gadgets, News, Solar|Tags: |3 Comments

World's First Dual LEED Platinum Building

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 …

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By |September 14th, 2008|Categories: Conservation, LEED|Tags: |2 Comments

Opting for Green Globes, Biomimicry, Low Impact Homes, + Ugly Green Design

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 […]

By |September 13th, 2008|Categories: Week in Review|2 Comments

Muffler Shop Converted to First LEED-NC Architect Office in Georgia

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:

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By |September 12th, 2008|Categories: Conservation, LEED, Modern architecture|2 Comments

How to Attend West Coast Green Free!

We’re proud media sponsors of West Coast Green and I know some of you would like to attend.  The event is fast approaching on September 25-27th at the San Jose Convention Center and […]

By |September 11th, 2008|Categories: News|0 Comments

Wilgus Green Home Concept Honored

Dwell and Google Sketchup came together to hold a Design Your Dwelling contest and the grand prize winner has been chosen.  Drew Wilgus, resident of North Carolina and intern at The Roberts Group + Fanning Howey, took top honors for his green home concept.  According to Christopher Bright on the Dwell Blog, the Wilgus design "stood out for its sustainable elements, integration into the local landscape, keen material use, and striking aesthetic."

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By |September 11th, 2008|Categories: Modern architecture, News, Single Family|Tags: |1 Comment
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