How Green Can Monster Homes Be? Topic Renewed.

Bighome

The topic pops up every month or two.  Last month, the issue of big green homes came up in the context of eco-terrorism.  Five luxury homes priced over $2 million each were set on fire with a sign left behind saying: "Built green?  Nope Black!  McMansions + RCD’s R Not Green – ELF"# #  The luxury homes were advertised as green, but clearly the eco-terrorists disagreed.#   The burnt homes were about 4200 to 4750 sf in size, which isn’t that bad, when compared to some so-called luxury green homes we’ve seen (this one being 9800 sf).  The incident highlights the tension between big homes and sustainability.   

Today the NY Times resurrects the issue in the context of a new development in Connecticut.  As you can tell from the image above, the homes are built in a style meant to evoke 19th-century English country houses.  I’m not really interested the style, but some people are and I understand that.  The above home is the model home — the first of at least twenty-four, extravagant "green" homes.  It’s 7,000 sf.

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[Video] Peter DeMaria Talks About Cargo Container Design and Sustainability

In this interview, G Living sits down with Peter DeMaria to talk about his work using containers in modern home design and construction.  I was really impressed with DeMaria — he tells you everything you ever wanted to know about container architecture and talks about scalability, sustainability, mold, termites, insulation, design, etc.  If you're thinking about using containers in your project, the ones mentioned in this interview cost about $900 – $2500 and are about 320 sf per unit.  Great video!

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Solar Cities, Greenwashing Bamboo, Geothermal, + Greening Pre-Construction Activities [WIR]

Week in Review

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

[Video] Leo Marmol on Green Prefab

Damien Somerset and Nicole Bassett of Shift33 put together this video interview with Leo Marmol, innovator of green prefab.   Definitely worth a view.   I’ve always been an advocate of green prefab, because I think it’s where the green building revolution is going in the future.   What do you think? 

Via Marmol Radziner Blog.

EcoDEEP HAUS, Green Conversion from 1940s Cape Cod to Modern Home

EcoDEEP HAUS

I recently received an email from reader Roxanne Nelson about her green transformation of a 1940s cape cod home in St. Paul, Minnesota.  When done, it’s going to be a modern green knockout.  Roxanne and her husband, Kevin Flynn, both architects, are documenting the transformation at EcoDEEP Haus, which I’ve been following for the past couple weeks.  Check it out. 

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CityFlats Hotel Stylishly Seeking LEED [Michigan]

Wall Art Bathroom

Eco-boutique CityFlats Hotel is a modern spot in Holland, Michigan that expects to get LEED Silver within the next month.  When certified, it’ll be one of only a few green hotels in the country, which is weird because hotels focus so much on energy and water efficiency.  Some of the bigger hotel companies have announced trendy green hotel brands, but they’re moving slow and in the mean time, we’re seeing eco-boutiques like CityFlats pop up in various locations.

As you can tell from the images, style wasn’t sacrificed for sustainability at CityFlats. 

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