KEO International Consultants has received word from the USGBC that its design for Sabah Al Ahmed International Finance Center (ICF) has been precertified at the Gold level under the LEED-CS green building rating system. The 1.2 million sf, 40-story tower is the first building in Kuwait to be registered or precertified by the USGBC. As you can partially tell from the renderings, the design includes four stacked courtyard atriums ranging from 8-13 floors each. Three of the atriums serve the office portion of the building, while the fourth atrium serves the 200 key, 4-star business class hotel. The tower generates part of its energy from a PV system, as well as from roof-mounted wind turbines. You may be able to see the lattice-work of wind turbines at the crown of the building; I think they’re the vertical axis, helical-type, but it’s hard to tell with this one image. We’ll make sure to keep you posted …
The use of wind turbines at the building’s apex is similar to what’s planned for Discovery Tower in Houston. It’ll be interesting to see these designs meet reality — the media world will definitely have fun running video and stories of building integrated wind turbines.
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Canühome is an impressive 850 sf home with a smart design that includes a kitchen, bathroom, living room, dining room, and bedroom. Designed by Institute Without Boundaries, canühome is a healthy, sustainable, and affordable home. Perhaps, it is best suited for young couples, seniors, singles, and/or small families as either a “starter” or “finisher” house, but the possibilities are truly infinite.
Have a restful weekend and make sure to check your email on Monday morning, May 19th, because the USGBC is set to open LEED v3 / LEED 2009 to public comment.
The first step in the process is simply sorting through the new naming convention. The overall initiative (LEED Version 3) is designed to improve LEED project execution, documentation, and certification. There are three key pieces:
I know it’s just a toilet, but this miniLOO is quite the attractive alternative when it comes to taking care of your primary and secondary business. MiniLOO utilizes a water-efficient, dual flush, in-wall tank with either a .8 or 1.6 gallon flush. The compact off-floor mounting allows easy cleaning and accessibility in either the residential or commercial setting. It’s perfect for a smaller space and available in a variety of finishes, including recycled stainless steel and white powdercoat.
Harmony Art, based in California, is an organic fabric company which was started a few years ago by a woman named Harmony. She designs all the prints, most of which are inspired by nature. The colors are wide-ranging and the prints are modern and fun. They offer jersey, interlock, twill, denim, sateen and flannel.
I am using her solid white sateen, which has a slight sheen, for our living room curtains. The fabrics are of wonderful quality and start at around $15/yard. You can visit her site to find online retailers, which is how I ordered my fabric.