High Line 23 – Critically Acclaimed, Chasing LEED [S2]

There’s a new green project under construction in New York’s West Chelsea Arts district that just so happens to be the first free-standing project for Neil M. Denari Architects.  Known as High Line 23, or HL23, the design is defined, at least in part, by the small ground floor footprint of 40′ x 99′.  As you can tell from the images, the building starts small and hovers 14 floors into the air over abandoned railroad tracks (note: those tracks will soon be a thriving green park area).  The $22 million, 39,200 sf condo tower will have a private garden at the building’s base and 11 condo homes — nine full floor residences and a duplex penthouse on the top floor.  Residences range in size from 1,850 – 3,600 sf and price from $2.7 – $10.5 million.

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By |March 16th, 2008|Categories: Condo, LEED, Modern architecture, Skyscraper|Tags: |0 Comments

Green MBS and REITs, Solar's 90% Potential, Walmart on Sustainability, + Emissions Reductions [WIR]

Industry waits for green MBS.  Wow! Green construction red-hot with VCs.  Green REITs could get long-term gains. Green construction fastest and cheapest way to cut emissions. Homes in ‘green’ […]

By |March 15th, 2008|Categories: News, Week in Review|Tags: |0 Comments

USGBC Tackles Residential Remodeling with Guidelines (not Certification)

If you own a home, you’re likely to have a remodeling story. The good, the bad, the never-quite finished.  One thing’s for sure; every remodel is different.  Given the depth and breadth of residential remodeling, the USGBC, in collaboration with the American Society of Interior Designers, is formally releasing their REGREEN Residential Remodeling Guidelines today at the INTERIORS 08 conference in New Orleans.  Not to be confused with the LEED for Homes rating system (a certification program), REGREEN is a set of remodeling guidelines.

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By |March 14th, 2008|Categories: News|Tags: , |0 Comments

Prefab Low Cost, Fast Assembly Can Be Elusive [WSJ]

++The House in a Box

You also might enjoy these related articles on prefabbers:++Building the Goodwin-Wise Flatpak++Business of Modern Prefab, a Rocio Romero Perspective++Napa Rocio Romero Prefab, Open to the Public

By |March 14th, 2008|Categories: Modern architecture, News, Prefab, Single Family|Tags: |0 Comments

Solar Tower of Power to Spain and Abu Dhabi

I just noticed fresh news of this newly formed company called Torresol that’s developing a Solar Tower of Power for both  Spain and Abu Dhabi.  It’s cool news and interesting technology, but it strikes me: Does anyone want to use their celebrity or political influence to bring more of these to the U.S.?  Hillary?  Obama?  Gore?  Buffett?  Pickens?  There’s a ton a raw land in Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Texas, etc., and any given state could take a stab at a plan with transmission lines, right?  I know we talked about an EnviroMission tower before, but I haven’t seen any movement on that front.  It might take a green blogger coalition to get more of these built, but if we can’t figure it out, we’re going to see a new generation of dollars going to the same group of people.  If you know what I mean …

A concentrating solar concentrating power plant like the one pictured above could generate power for something like 30,000 homes (17 mw).

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By |March 14th, 2008|Categories: News, Solar|Tags: , |5 Comments

9onF LEED Homes Save Roughly 75% on Bills!

That’s right, these LEED certified homes in Sacramento are saving some serious cashish on energy bills.  Roughly up to 75% on energy bills, that is, when the full power of the geothermal heating and cooling system is paired with the solar setup.  Not bad.  The project is called 9onF — it’s a nine-home community with three-level units ranging in size from 1,300 – 1,550 sf.  Prices start at roughly $495,000, and depending on which unit you buy, the home will vary slightly with the others.  For example, three units have solar panels, three have the option for solar, and the last three have too much shade (which is not necessarily a bad thing).  Also, the homes are maxed out with non-toxic finishes to provide a healthy indoor air quality, and being LEED certified and all, a home in 9onF is certain to have all sorts of green goodies.  I’d like to post some real pics if anyone out there has any … 

++Eco Houses Hailed in Downtown Sacramento [sacbee]

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By |March 13th, 2008|Categories: Energy Efficiency, LEED, Modern architecture, Multifamily|Tags: |0 Comments
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