• blueridgedestinationcenter

Blue Ridge Parkway Center a Model of Ecological Design

This is Blue Ridge Parkway Destination Center, a $9.8 million visitor’s center near Ashville, North Carolina.  As a modern structure seeking LEED Gold certification, it’s garnered significant press for its ecological design.  Designed by Lord, Aeck, & Sargent, Blue Ridge was modeled to use 75% less energy than a comparable, conventionally designed building.  That’s due, at least in part, to its incredible green features, such as the sawtooth Trombe walls on the southerly face, 10,000 sf green roof, natural daylighting, high-efficiency mechanical system, natural ventilation, radiant heating, rainwater reclamation system for on-site use, etc. 

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By |July 16th, 2008|Categories: Conservation, Energy Efficiency, LEED, Modern architecture|4 Comments
  • soponova

Sopogy Shrinks CSP For Efficient, On-site Use

It seems like there’s a new, cutting-edge technology in the limelight everyday and today is no exception.  You’ve heard of CSP — concentrated solar power, right?  Well Sopogy has been in R&D for several years perfecting their MicroCSP technology.  They developed the above pictured application for commercial, industrial, and small utility uses.  MicroCSP takes traditional, large scale, open faced, desert, parabolic trough CSP panels and shrinks them down to 25% of the size.  The trough is between 12 and 18 feet long and is meant for distributed energy solutions from 200 kW to 20 MW.  It can be used on-site, too, whether on a roof or adjacent to a building. 

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By |July 15th, 2008|Categories: Gadgets, Solar|Tags: |0 Comments
  • 5ive3

5ive Home Secures LEED Platinum

A little over a year ago, we featured Shelter Architecture’s 5ive and later placed it on our Top Five Super Green Modern Homes list.  In a year, a lot has happened.  The home is now complete.  It’s going to be honored with a 2008 AIA-MN Rave Award.  And now, the USGBC has officially certified it as a LEED Platinum home.  Congratulations on the noteworthy accomplishments!

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By |July 15th, 2008|Categories: LEED, Modern architecture, Single Family|Tags: |5 Comments
  • promenade

Dubai's Xeritown Has Eco-City Aspirations, Too

The task of building an entire city from scratch isn’t novel in Dubai — it seems there’s a new city announcement every half year or so.  Xeritown is one of the latest that I’ve learned about and it’s planned for Dubailand.  The idea behind the 60-acre city is that it will be designed to accommodate the elements of the desert rather than overcome them.  The form of the city follows a north-south axis to take advantage of the cool breeze coming in from the sea.  The buildings, rather than artificial and water intense landscaping, provide shading and structure. 

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By |July 14th, 2008|Categories: Land Use|Tags: , |0 Comments
  • covalentsolar

Covalent Solar to Commercialize Low-Cost Organic Solar Concentrators

The innovators of this new technology, if they get it into production, may just be the green building revolutionaries of tomorrow.  At the end of the week, MIT engineers published research of new technology showing that the sun’s energy could be harvested from a large area, such as a window, and concentrated at the edges by solar cells.  With this so-called luminescent solar concentrator, the potential for low-cost electricity seems almost within reach.  Technically, here’s how it works: 

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By |July 13th, 2008|Categories: Gadgets, Solar|Tags: |13 Comments
  • WIRv2

Future Wonders, Green Olympics, Greenwashing, Stylish Sustainability, + CEOs on Sustainability [WIR]

15 Future Wonders of Green Technology. Green architecture’s new goal: stylish sustainability. Green Olympics yield mixed record on green building. How bad is greenwashing, really? Higher education takes the […]

By |July 12th, 2008|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments
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