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

Rainwater Collection Gaining Huge Mainstream Momentum

There’s kind of an edgy, underground movement of conscious homeowners and environmentalists that are finding creative ways to capture water and reuse it for their needs.  BusinessWeek’s Malia Wollan just wrote an article called "Rainwater collectors work to ease shortages," and she talks about the popularity of the movement.  In the article, Wollan mentions a website called HarvestH20, which has seen an increasing number of visitors seeking information and advice on rainwater collection and reclamation. 

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By |September 1st, 2008|Categories: Conservation, Gadgets, News, Water Efficiency|7 Comments
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