- Financing Home 2.0.
- LEED certification is a hot topic for builders.
- A new model for green design.
- High performance wall systems may be coming soon.
- ASHRAE increases roof/wall R-value for first time in 19 years.
- Green building buzz at Davos World Economic Forum.
- Global 100 most sustainable corporations in the world.
*WIR = Week in Review; a Saturday showcase of excellent links.
This is seriously lowbrow, and I’m embarrassed to join the likes of celebrity media, but ole’ Mrs. Parker has something interesting to say about green building. She’s building a new home in San Antonio, Texas, and wants to go as green as possible. But the builders have been giving her flack. Apparently, the problems were so bad that the project was nearly at a standstill. She said, "Everything is going to be environmentally friendly. We are going to install solar panels for part of the house. All our water is recycled for the lawn for irrigation. It was a fight with our builders; a lot of people don’t want change. But it’s worth it."
You can do most things for the right price, so I can’t understand the issue here, but maybe she flat out hired the wrong builder. Lesson is, get people with experience. Green building is high-quality building. And Joe Dirt probably can’t do it. Maybe we can blog about her home when she’s done? Eva?!
I ran across some news that Marquiss Wind Power just raised $1.3 M in series A funding, which, in and of itself, isn’t that big of a deal to me (because funding doesn’t = anything). That said, Marquiss Wind Power has quite the value proposition with their ducted wind turbine product called Aeropoint, a product that comes in three sizes. It’s a small-wind turbine built for commercial buildings of 1-3 floors. Based out of Folsom, California, the company had encouraging results with the first three test turbines. Actually, the results were so good the company claims purchasers should have a payback period of 2-7 years. You’ll notice that depending on a lot of different factors, a 2-7 year payback is about 2x faster than the payback for solar.
I put ‘green’ in parenthesis because the future is green, whether you, I, or anyone else likes it. That’s where this whole thing is heading. And several countries rely heavily on prefabrication for construction of homes and buildings. So I ask, after looking at the photos, does this Magic Box represent what’s to come in the future? The Magic Box is cubic and versatile and small. It can go anywhere and be used as anything. But is this the future of (green) prefab?
Recently, Ronald McDonald House Charities made the decision to integrate sustainable design and energy efficiency in all future facilities, whether new, expanded, or remodeled. As you can tell with this RMHC of Austin and Central Texas, which has 30 rooms to accommodate families with ill or injured children being treated in local area hospitals, they mean business when it comes to going green. Here, RMHC is going all the way by seeking that LEED Platinum paper.