Overture Development Group has what I think is the best designed website for a real estate group that I’ve ever seen. It’s incredible looking. They’re 100% confident that green buildings are the future of real estate, too. Financial benefits? Check. Occupancy benefits? Check. Marketing and messaging appeal? Check. Good for the environment? Check. The Conservatory is in the final stages of receiving permitting approval from Osceola County, and once that’s squared away, we’re looking at completion in mid-2008 or so. When finished, The Conservatory at Celebration Place will have 178,000 sf of Class A+ office condominium space spread through six floors. And from the renderings, it looks like there will be a healthy dose of green roofing and solar panels, too.
Nanosolar wants to create paper-thin, flexible solar panels that can be made at 1/3 the cost of heavy, silicon-made solar panels. It’s important to keep an eye on tech like this because Nanosolar is currently building the largest solar panel manufacturing plant in the U.S. If successful, this stuff is going to be on every building and structure starting in 2008. It’s going to change the way the game is played in a major way.
To give you an idea of how compelling, how enormous this is, check this: the Google founders are investing in Nanosolar, an IBM manufacturing executive just joined Nanosolar, and the U.S. Department of Energy just awarded them $20 million.
Quality modern, green projects just keep coming and there’s no stopping them. Here’s a project called 12.5 Condos. Why 12.5? Well, there’s going to be twelve 3-story townhouse condominiums and one 2-story condominium. Designed by Holst Architecture and built by Portland green builder Barrs & Genauer Construction, 12.5 will be located in the MLK corridor. With construction expected to finish by the end of this year, 12.5 is going to be an awesome example of green construction. At least 90% of construction debris will be recycled. Materials will include FSC-certified wood, recycled content site and structural metals, low-VOC non-toxic products, and fly ash concrete. Appliances will be Energy Star certified, toilets will be dual-flush, and the HVAC system will be ultra-efficient. Count on the skylights to usher in natural light, and everything will be super clean and linear. Extremely sustainable and extremely good looking. Look for these condos at the corner of NE Knott Street and NE 7th Avenue in Portland, Oregon. Prices starting from $295k and $375k.
Trend USA has just released details of their new engineered, agglomerate stone product called "Trend Q." Trend Q is a USA-made, 1/4" surface material that is impervious to stains and fading. It can be made in sizes as small as 12" tiles and as large as 10′ x 4′ slabs. Containing up to 72% post consumer recycled content, Trend Q not only contributes to LEED certification, but it comes in a veritable cornucopia of colors. Organic neutral. Fiery orange. Brilliant red. You name it. Another cool aspect of the product is that it’s made to be applied to all types of surfaces, whether it’s walls, counters, or floors. Just bust out the water jet machine and make that magic happen.
4/4/2009 Update: Logical Homes has officially launched!
7/27/2008 Update: Welcome visitors searching for Logical Homes. Logical Homes is still in prelaunch, but a recent USA Today article suggests that the company will launch in July or August 2008. Logical Homes is an affiliate of DeMaria Design. Make sure to watch Peter DeMaria talk about container homes and check out our container design archives. While you're here, feel free to subsribe to our RSS or daily email updates to keep informed on green building and home innovation.
There's an excellent interview by CNN with Ken Yeang, principle of the UK firm Llweleyn Davis Yeang. Almost a year ago, I wrote about Yeang's fascinating Menara Mesiniaga building, and that article has been a popular one in terms of visitors. Yeang is an ecological, architectural visionary designing in a way that blurs the boundary between the natural and human-built environments. With eco-logical design, the goal is to build a structure with no pollution or waste. And we're getting there, too. To quote Yeang, "we'll see green buildings long before 2020 — I think the movement is intensifying. Within the next 5-10 years we'll see a lot more green buildings being built. Not just buildings but green cities, green environment, green master plans, green products, green lifestyles, green transportation. I'm very optimistic." The green buildings pictured in this post are only a fraction of those designed by Ken Yeang. If you're looking for more information, feel free to pick up his latest book: ECODESIGN: A Manual for Ecological Design.