Sneak Peak: Venice Live/Work House

How about kicking out a shout to the newly established blog by EcoSteel?  I was emailing with EcoSteel’s Kelvin Findlay about their new projects and the blog came up.  So I start looking through the first few posts and, of course, this Venice Live/Work home caught my eye.  I mean, how can it not?  Apparently the home is ready to go in California and EcoSteel is bidding out the contractor work at the moment.

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By |September 4th, 2008|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab, Single Family|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Aviator Energy Efficient Live/Work Units Planned for Steamboat Springs

I just received an email about an interesting project on the cusp in Steamboat Springs, Colorado called Aviator.  Aviator is a mixed-use, multifamily and storage units facility that’s targeting LEED Gold certification.  Seeking superior energy efficiency for the project, Olson Development retained EcoSteel to provide the structure.  EcoSteel calculates that their company could contribute ~18 points towards overall certification of Aviator based upon energy efficiency (10), heat island effect reduction (1), and recycled, reused, and regional materials use (7). 

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By |September 4th, 2008|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Modern architecture, Multifamily, Prefab, Retail|Tags: |0 Comments

The Second Annual Plenty Twenty

I always find these lists interesting, but here’s the idea: "There are game-changers and then there are world-changers.  From Internet giants working to make renewable energy cheaper than coal, to a sea captain […]

By |September 3rd, 2008|Categories: Lists, News|Tags: , |0 Comments

Eco-friendly Founding Farmers Restaurant Seeking LEED Gold in D.C.

The green design and sustainability movement is gradually taking over all types of real estate and the restaurant industry is no different.  Later this month, and pending certification, Founding Farmers is expected to become Washington D.C.’s first LEED Gold restaurant.  It will also operate as a Certified Green Restaurant and serve sustainably farmed, locally produced food and products.

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By |September 3rd, 2008|Categories: LEED, Modern design, Retail|Tags: |1 Comment

Shop Etsy for Vintage Furniture and Accessories

Etsy, the popular new site used by artists and crafters, is also a gem for vintage finds such as furniture and accessories.  The prices on Etsy are usually quite reasonable — especially compared to shops specializing in vintage and antique furniture — and the treasures are endless and unique. 

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By |September 2nd, 2008|Categories: Furniture, Modern design|10 Comments

TechVille Green Concept Home by ZED

I really like the homes featured on Zero Energy Designs’ portfolio page.  One home in particular, the TechVille Concept Home, caught my eye.  It’s strikingly modern and absolutely incredible.  It’s the kind of you home you see in movies … except it’s off-grid, healthy, water-efficient, and super smart.  ZED designed this 4500 sf concept home as the first of two thousand planned residences in a modern village in Akodo Ise, Nigeria.  TechVille has passive and active cooling, PV system, on demand hot water, air exchange system, dehumidification system, low- and no-VOC materials, abundant natural light, rainwater capture, greywater system, and smart home technology.

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By |September 2nd, 2008|Categories: Modern architecture, Single Family|Tags: |0 Comments
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