Today, actually within the last couple hours, Brad Pitt announced more specific plans and designs for his Make It Right NOLA project. Last night, I was looking at their website, but it didn’t have any new announcements. Today, their site is redesigned with all sorts of information. More information to come later tonight, but make sure to sponsor a home and check out the Pink Project. Also, check out this N.Y.Times story on the announcement.
Breathe Easy is a break through in the green market for all us eco East Coasters, especially those of us in the Northeast. Breathe Easy is based in New York with a number of dealers along the East Coast. This is exciting news for those of us who have been eying green cabinet options such as AlterECO, which is only available to those on the West Coast. Breathe Easy uses responsibly harvested woods, water-based, non-toxic glues and paints, and formaldehyde-free plywood box frames.
You’ve probably heard of the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company … their houses have been featured in Time, Domino, USA Today, and the New York Times, to name a few publications. The home pictured above is different from their other homes, which have that traditional, A-frame-esque shape. All Tumbleweed homes are sufficiently small, but this home is modern. It’s 400 sf of green modern. The Z-Glass House is a stationary house, meant to be affixed to a foundation. You buy the plans and find a contractor to build it for you (with costs ranging in the $100 – $200 psf range). Or you can build it yourself. Check the layout, too. Such a great looking home, with a kitchen, bedroom, living room, and bathroom, what else do you need? Add a little solar on the roof, or maybe even a Skystream, and call it done.
There’s a new online video show hosted by Alex Pettitt called Mainstream Green. Their videos are high-quality and super informative. Sometimes, it helps to see how things work, so I love to show video as often as possible. The video above is on recycling and deconstruction. The deconstruction guy says the cost of on-site deconstruction is comparable to waste removal. That’s a good. Generally, people are self-interested and when it becomes profitable to do the right thing, more and more people will start doing the right thing. Makes sense doesn’t it?
Green certifications are important, but can you imagine a world where buildings are better than the best Platinum level certification? Can you imagine a building that lives? A living building is self-sustaining and off-the-grid in terms of energy and water usage. A living building goes beyond the paper requirements for certification and seeks true sustainability. Earlier this month at Greenbuild, the Cascadia Region Green Building Council and the USGBC announced winners of the 2007 Living Building Competition. Here are the winners:
- OHSU – Center for Health and Healing (Portland, OR)
- Omega Center for Sustainable Living (Rhinebeck, NY)[Pictured Above]
- Seminar II (Olympia, WA)
- Warren Skaaren Environmental Learning Center at Westcave Preserve (Round Mountain, TX)
- Alice Ferguson Foundation (Accokeek, MD)
- Kenton Living Building (Portland, OR)
There’s a lot of innovative information on each building, and you can click the links above to read directly about that specific project.