Pittsburgh Three PNC Plaza Going Green

Slated to open in 2009, Three PNC Plaza is planned to be one of the largest, environmentally-friendly, mixed-use buildings in the U.S.  The 23-story building is also Pittsburgh's first new high-rise in 20 years.  3 PNC will have office space, 28 condominiums, a restaurant, retail space, underground parking, and a Fairmont Hotel.  Three PNC Plaza fronts a large public park (see site plan below). 

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By |August 3rd, 2008|Categories: Hotel, LEED, Modern architecture, Skyscraper|0 Comments

Fixing Power Hogs, Carb Heavy Buildings, Green Colleges, + Green USA

Building a greener America. Make Freddie and Fannie go green. How many carbs does your building have? Study finds benefits to walkable neighborhoods. Find and fix your home’s power […]

By |August 2nd, 2008|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments

Infill Container Home by LWA

We’re bringing you back-to-back container home coverage here with this home on an infill lot in the eastern hills above San Francisco Bay.  Designed by Leger Wanaselja Architecture, the project required three insulated containers to create a cozy, two-bedroom house.  Two forty-foot containers were stacked on one side and the third was cut in the middle.  The split containers were also stacked on the other side.  The three containers are brought together with a large, glassy atrium that spans both the first and second floors.  It’s a simple design that shows what’s possible with innovative home construction.  Make sure to check out the construction images, too. 

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By |August 1st, 2008|Categories: Container Design, Modern architecture, Single Family|Tags: |3 Comments

First Look at West Coast Green Container Showhouse 2008

For the past two years, we’ve been media sponsors for the always excellent West Coast Green conference.  WCG pushes the envelope on innovation and sustainability, and this year will be no different.  Today I received renderings of the West Coast Green Showhouse, aka the SG Blocks 2008 Showhouse, built by SG Blocks and designed by The Lawrence Group.  It’s a 1700 sf container home, but you probably can’t tell just by looking.  Sustainability will be number one, with GreenPoint and LEED certification in the plans.  Plus, it seems that ecofabulous will be doing the interior design work, so the home, you can believe, will be modish, posh, and green. 

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By |July 31st, 2008|Categories: Container Design, LEED, Modern architecture, Prefab, Single Family|Tags: |5 Comments

LA Remodel Emphasizes Sustainability

This is a post and beam house in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles owned by Elaine Wakeland and Eric Garcetti, President of LA City Council.  As you may have previously read in this Dwell article, they’re both environmentally- conscious and highly active in their community.  As a result, they wanted to update their 1950s home and retained the help of Scrafano Architects to suss out its modern traits.  They also wanted to make the home as energy efficient and healthy as possible.  So they removed walls, took out an extra bathroom, and found ways to draw in more natural lighting.  They installed a tankless water heater and solar panels on the roof — a move that now provides 50% of the home’s energy. 

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By |July 31st, 2008|Categories: Modern architecture, Single Family|Tags: |0 Comments

Visualizing Benefits of Roof Overhangs

If you’re in a sunny location and your home has windows, then you probably like to pull a curtain or close the shutters to keep direct heat from entering the home.  Just […]

By |July 30th, 2008|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Modern architecture|2 Comments
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