Lotus Bleu puts a New Spin on Vintage Furniture

Buying vintage furniture is super green, but it’s not always easy to find pieces in great shape, especially upholstered items.  Lotus Bleu has fixed that problem for us.  They offer vintage pieces redone in new, modern fabrics.  Lotus Bleu is located in San Fransisco, but if you’re not in the area, you can order right online.  Current items for sale are displayed in addition to items that have already been sold, to give you an idea of what might be available at any given time.

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By |July 1st, 2008|Categories: Furniture, Modern design|4 Comments

Top Green Picks from "How Green Are You?"

There’s some stunning green work being featured on Dwell right now as a result of the "How Green Are You?" competition.  The basic idea of the competition, co-sponsored by Dwell and the AIA, is to find inspiring entries assessed on their sustainability, functionality, originality, cost effectiveness, and design.  Entrants can provide up to four images and a simple, 250-word description of the project — about all you need to find some incredible designs.  I understand 100kHouse (pictured above) just entered their project, but I didn’t see it on Dwell yet.  Below are a few of my favorite entries so far. 

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By |July 1st, 2008|Categories: Modern architecture, Single Family|Tags: |4 Comments

JG Writers Make Top Green Girls & Guys Lists!

Well, I just want to kick out a shout to the writers at EarthFirst — they’ve found a way to make us blush not just once, but twice.  Much to my surprise, I […]

By |July 1st, 2008|Categories: News|Tags: , |5 Comments

Draft LEED 2009 Review and Discussion

As we noted here a few weeks ago, the draft for a new version of U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program was released for public comment and review.  In general, as a LEED Accredited Professional, what I saw in the program looked good.  The changes that are proposed will make improvements to the system.   Below is a discussion of changes we can look forward to in the next generation of LEED.

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By |June 30th, 2008|Categories: LEED|Tags: |5 Comments

Modern Green 547 Arts Center

Just a little over a year ago, on May 4, 2007, Greensburg, Kansas was smashed by a tornado that pretty much decimated everything.  Since that time, the city has made news all over the world for its ambitions to rebuild everything in an environmentally-friendly way.  City buildings larger than about 4000 sf will be LEED Platinum, etc.  So this building, 547 Arts Center, is an example of the green reconstruction process going on in Greensburg.  547 Arts Center is the first building certified as LEED Platinum in Kansas and has some incredible green elements — not to mention three small wind turbines twirling away above the roof line. 

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By |June 30th, 2008|Categories: Gadgets, LEED, Modern architecture|2 Comments

Sustainability Now Open to Free Online Registration

I just want to pass along a reminder relating to Sustainability Now, a free, virtual event highlighting the essential issues that matter right now for those creating a sustainable built environment.  Although […]

By |June 29th, 2008|Categories: News|0 Comments
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