Squak Mountain Stone is an environmentally friendly slab and tile product company based in Washington State. Their slabs are a unique offering on the green market because of their natural appearance, somewhat similar to limestone or soapstone. Squak is being used in a wide variety of applications including countertops, tabletops, tiling, hearths, signs, and stairways. It is made of 49% post-industrial materials, which include crushed glass, type f coal-fly ash, and 2.5 % post-consumer mixed waste paper, in addition to low carbon cement and iron oxide pigments, making it a great option for LEED credits.
Floor-to-ceiling glass panels, accented with glass and metal fins … this is 555 Mission Street. The base of the building will have a public plaza with a so called "garden of light"– an organic, living space with fiber-optic light wands. The 33-floor building is will be state-of-the-art and with all those windows, it’ll need to filter the natural light without burning up the interior in the summer. Slated for completion in the third quarter of 2008, the building will have dual-panel, insulated glazing windows with low-e coating. In total, 555 Mission Street will have approximately 550,000 rentable square feet and what seems to be incredible views of the city and the bay — I really like this first image below. Word is, the building will be LEED certified,
although I haven’t been able to verify that or the level of planned certification. See updates below.
Green Your Business, Lifecycle of a Green Product, Energy-Efficient Dwellings, + James Lovelock (WIR)
- 50 Ways to Green Your Business
- 7 Steps in the Lifecycle of a Green Product
- Kansas Coal-fired Power Plant rejected over carbon dioxide.
- Cement is crucial for growth in booming economies but an enemy of green.
- UA architecture students set out to prove that energy-efficient dwellings need not be expensive.
- Scientist James Lovelock says that global warming is irreversible.
WIRED has an excellent multimedia presentation on instant, transient, or disaster shelters. Many of them are made of common or easily movable transportable objects: flat packs, containers, pallets, etc. Above: Clean Hub by Shelter Architecture; Middle below: DH1 by Gregg Fleishman; Bottom: Pallet House by I-Beam Design. Enjoy!
Watch out! Second-Look is a new product that has the potential to make a splash. I’m still trying to decide how I feel about it, but Buildings Magazine gave it a Grand Prize Product Innovation Award in the Environmental Solutions category. Second-look invested 2 years in R&D to create the first recycling program for vinyl wallcoverings. The company wants your used vinyl wallcoverings and they’ll take old product from any manufacturer. Using old vinyl, they’ve developed three new collections of wallcoverings – Versa, Cirqa, and Plexus – all made of 20-percent recycled vinyl content, including 10-percent post-consumer recycled content. The low-VOC wallcovering produces fewer emissions than paint, uses water-based inks, incorporates a mildew-inhibiting agent, and can be micro-vented for additional breathability. Plus, Second-Look can be used for LEED points. Anyone have thoughts?