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

Allison Arieff on "Modern Prefab" [LA Times]

Allison Arieff tells it like it is in this interview with LA Times.  This weekend, Arieff, Michelle Kaufmann, Jennifer Siegal, and Rocio Romero will be doing a panel called "The 4 Women […]

By |March 12th, 2008|Categories: Modern architecture, News, Prefab, Single Family|Tags: |0 Comments

Handsome HGTV Green Home 2008

That’s right, it’s LEED Gold, so this HGTV Green Home giveaway thing is legit.  Located in Tradition Hilton Head, South Carolina, the HGTV Green Home is only 2,000 sf big, which is incredible for a giveaway home.  Make sure to give their website a look — you can browse hundreds of photos and videos, and possibly grab some inspiration.  Also, enter the sweepstakes if you want … here’s what Jim Samples, HGTV President, had to say:

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By |March 12th, 2008|Categories: LEED, Single Family|Tags: , |0 Comments

Nissan's $100 M HQ Goes Green, *Snubs* LEED

It’s a story that I’m seeing more and more, although I’m not too sure we’re seeing a good thing.  Nissan USA spends $100 M to build a brand new office building and plans for LEED Silver certification, but in the end, they decide to spend certification cash on the wetland "rather than have a plaque on the wall."#  Certification gets dropped, but we should ask ourselves a serious question:  Is LEED certification merely about the plaque?  Is that the only benefit we see from LEED?  Spending money to get a plaque?

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By |March 11th, 2008|Categories: Corporate, Land Use, LEED, News|Tags: |0 Comments

Dwell to Launch Silicon Valley NextHouse Prefab!

If you’re on the West Coast and want to check out modern prefab a la Dwell, the experts of modern prefab, now’s your chance.  The Dwell NextHouse by Empyrean – Silicon Valley will be […]

By |March 11th, 2008|Categories: Modern design, Prefab, Single Family|Tags: , |0 Comments
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