• maisonevolutiv

Maison EvolutiV Exudes Green Prefab Simplicity

I’ve noticed the Maison EvolutiV of late and it’s quite the interesting home.  Designed by Olgga Architects as a show house for the Salon Europeen du Bois, this energy-efficient home presents a compelling view of what can be done with only two modules.  The ground module is flush with the outdoors and features a skin made of chestnut stakes of various sizes.  The second module juts out over the first and provides a nice little spot for a green roof area.  In addition, the home features a rainwater recovery system, wool wood insulation coupled with cellulose, solar panels, and a low-energy passive house design. 

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By |May 6th, 2008|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab, Single Family|Tags: , |0 Comments
  • optisolartopaz

OptiSolar Planning Largest PV Solar Farm in World!

This is big news for the green building revolution, because a solar farm like this could power roughly 190k homes in California.  Referred to as the Topaz Solar Farm, this $1 billion, 550-megawatt plant would cover roughly 9.5 square miles, and if constructed, would be the world’s largest photovoltaic solar farm.  Hayward-based OptiSolar is developing plans for the project as we speak.  According to their current time line, OptiSolar will apply for a conditional use permit in May 2008 and begin construction in 2010.  Topaz Solar Farm would then be completed over three years.

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By |May 5th, 2008|Categories: Gadgets, Solar|Tags: |3 Comments
  • vermoncalli

Great Selection, Quality from Elmwood Reclaimed Timber

Elmwood Reclaimed Timber is a Missouri based company that reclaims old wood to give it a brand new life.  They offer products ranging from stair treads and cabinetry lumber to flooring and beams.  They have an incredible range of wood species offered including oak, elm, pine, walnut, redwood and their own special mixes such as "Vermont Moonlight Medley" (shown above). 

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By |May 5th, 2008|Categories: Materials, Recycled|0 Comments
  • luma

Luma Takes LEED Gold for Contemporary Condos [S2]

The South Group recently announced that Luma, their newly completed residential project, received LEED Gold certification.  The 19-story high-rise joins its sister building, Elleven, and becomes only the second condo in the state to receive the Gold level designation.  Located in the South Park neighborhood of LA and with a total of 236 residences, LUMA saves 30% more energy over Title 24 2001 standards and consumes roughly 751,000 gallons less water annually than a comparable tower.  The posh, green tower was built with low-VOC everything, and as you would expect, recycled and locally-sourced materials. 

If you’re in the market for something like this, you might need to jump on it — Luma is almost entirely sold out. 

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By |May 4th, 2008|Categories: Condo, LEED, Skyscraper|Tags: |0 Comments
  • WIRv2

Peak Water, Green Urban Planning, Green Globes, + Second Chances [WIR]

Going Green (Globes) without LEED. To LEED or not to LEED? Urban planning needs green rethink. Peak water: aquifers and rivers are drying up. Thomas Friedman: Dumb as we wanna […]

By |May 3rd, 2008|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments
  • denver_modern

Denver_Modern – a Simple, Efficient Modern Home

If you’re like me, you like to follow what others are doing to build modern, energy efficient homes.  One such home I’ve been following is at Denver Modern.   Angelo, a local Denver designer, and his family are building their home on a narrow lot and have been blogging the progress since September 2006.  As you can tell from some of the images in this post, it’s cool pad with a small footprint.  The Haida cedar siding is distinct and deep in character — a modern touch I really like.  I can’t wait to see the interior take shape with all the materials they’ve been planning. 

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By |May 2nd, 2008|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Modern architecture, Single Family|Tags: |2 Comments
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