Greensburg Rebuilds with LEED Platinum

Greensburg Aerial

Last July, when we brought news that Leonardo DiCaprio and Discovery were going to help rebuild the tornado-torn city of Greensburg, we didn't know the city was so focused on greening its infrastructure.  Now comes news that the small Kansas town will require all city-owned buildings bigger than 4,000 sf to achieve a LEED Platinum rating from the USGBC. 

You'll note that Platinum is as high as it gets under the LEED program.  Greensburg is the first city anywhere to require such lofty standards in city buildings.  Additionally, buildings must reduce energy use 42% over current building code requirements. 

With a population of about 1500, there won't be many buildings that hit the mark, but it's a noble step in the right direction. 

Update: LEED Platinum for 547 Arts Center and Buffalo House.

smart home: green + wired, an mkSolaire exhibit

Smarthomegreenwired

Tonight, Michelle Kaufmann announced that her firm will participate in the "smart home: green + wired, Powered by ComEd and Warmed by Peoples Gas" exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry ("MSI") opening May 8, 2008.  MKD will exhibit a modern, green prefab on parkland just southeast of MSI.  The project has been in the works for a few months, and over the last week, they’ve broken ground and laid the foundation.  As rendered above, the full-sized mkSolaire will demonstrate the mk 5 EcoPrinciples: smart design, eco materials, energy efficiency, water conservation, and healthy living

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Vento Residences, Greenest Multifamily in N. America!

Vento Residences

The Vento Residences has earned North America’s first LEED Platinum* certification for a multi-family residential project.  Located in Calgary, Alberta and built for a price of $8 million, this multi-use urban infill project has 20 two-story townhouse suites that are situated above retail space.  Interestingly, the development was coming online at the same time as several other developments in the area and sold out quickly at a slight premium in price (compared to the competition).  Purchasers identified with the dark green units and bought them up in a heartbeat.

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Modern, Net-Zero Energy Development on Brink!

Highstreetphiladelphia

Previously we wrote about High Street Philadelphia, which is a super-green, mixed use community being developed by home(scale).  They sent me some new renderings pictured above and below, and the hope is that they’ll be able to see this project to a reality.  High Street is aiming for LEED Platinum certification, the highest designation bestowed by the USGBC, and will feature 51 carbon-neutral residential units, 3 commercial units, a cafe and organic grocery, and underground parking. 

Units will feature high design and contemporary materials from such brands as Duravit, Hansgroghe, Schiffini, and Fisher Paykel.  They will be offered at affordable prices, or "work-force pricing," too.   It’s going to be an excellent, net-zero energy development with courtyards, photovoltaic power, solar hot water, LED lighting, efficient systems, green roofs, bio-mass filtration, and access to the Philly CarShare program. 

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[Video] Mazria on Climate Change, Architecture 2030

[RSS Readers - Click to View] This video was just uploaded yesterday and it’s nice to hear Ed Mazria explain Architecture 2030 in his own words.  We’re talking about the architecture and building community response to climate change.  You’ll remember that Mazria garnered mainstream media attention last year with the insightful, poignant phrase, "If you want to stop global warming, stop coal."  As Mazria explains in the video, there are a few ways to stop coal … watch and enjoy the weekend.

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