Luma Takes LEED Gold for Contemporary Condos [S2]

The South Group recently announced that Luma, their newly completed residential project, received LEED Gold certification.  The 19-story high-rise joins its sister building, Elleven, and becomes only the second condo in the state to receive the Gold level designation.  Located in the South Park neighborhood of LA and with a total of 236 residences, LUMA saves 30% more energy over Title 24 2001 standards and consumes roughly 751,000 gallons less water annually than a comparable tower.  The posh, green tower was built with low-VOC everything, and as you would expect, recycled and locally-sourced materials. 

If you’re in the market for something like this, you might need to jump on it — Luma is almost entirely sold out. 

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By |May 4th, 2008|Categories: Condo, LEED, Skyscraper|Tags: |0 Comments

Peak Water, Green Urban Planning, Green Globes, + Second Chances [WIR]

Going Green (Globes) without LEED. To LEED or not to LEED? Urban planning needs green rethink. Peak water: aquifers and rivers are drying up. Thomas Friedman: Dumb as we wanna […]

By |May 3rd, 2008|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments

Denver_Modern – a Simple, Efficient Modern Home

If you’re like me, you like to follow what others are doing to build modern, energy efficient homes.  One such home I’ve been following is at Denver Modern.   Angelo, a local Denver designer, and his family are building their home on a narrow lot and have been blogging the progress since September 2006.  As you can tell from some of the images in this post, it’s cool pad with a small footprint.  The Haida cedar siding is distinct and deep in character — a modern touch I really like.  I can’t wait to see the interior take shape with all the materials they’ve been planning. 

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By |May 2nd, 2008|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Modern architecture, Single Family|Tags: |2 Comments

Proximity Hotel Assumes Role as One of the Greenest Hotels in Country

Proximity Hotel seems to have found a way to deliver a comfortable, luxury-type experience and still be one of the greenest hotels in the country.  It was built to use roughly 36% less energy and 30% less water than a comparable hotel.  Proximity Hotel also heats over half the building’s water with roughly 4,000 sf of solar thermal panels on the roof.  In the video embedded below, Dennis Quaintance, Chief Design Officer of Proximity Hotel, mentions that the savings from the solar thermal investment is about $20k per year. He also talks about the hotel’s innovative elevator, which is the first Regenerative Drive Otis Gen2 elevator in North America — it captures energy while going down and uses it while going up.

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By |May 1st, 2008|Categories: Conservation, Energy Efficiency, Hotel, LEED, Modern architecture, Water Efficiency|Tags: |0 Comments

The Green Living Manifesto: Truly Sustainable Living

If we position true sustainable living as the goal, or the objective, then green buildings and infrastructure are only half the way we can get there (not to put the cart before […]

By |April 30th, 2008|Categories: News|0 Comments

Deconstruction Grows in Popularity, Spawns New Businesses

In her Teardown Diary, Wall Street Journal columnist Nancy Keates forgoes the common practice of demolition and instead opts for "unbuilding."  Usually referred to as deconstruction, unbuilding is when you disassemble an old structure piece by piece and salvage the usable parts.  Ms. Keates found that the deconstruction of her home will cost about $4,000 more than straight demolition, but costs can vary project to project.

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By |April 30th, 2008|Categories: Conservation, Recycled|Tags: , , |0 Comments
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