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Viesso, a Santa Monica based company, makes custom green furniture that’s ready to ship in three weeks. All furniture is made right in Los Angeles. They offer 17 couch and sectional shapes and 9 armchairs in a practically endless variety of fabrics. You then also have the choice of leg shape and cushion interior materials, spring type, etc., and you can build and price out your exact piece on their website.
Concourse E broke ground on two super green projects last December in Atlanta that intend to move beyond LEED and into a greener realm of living. Committed to the Architecture 2030 Challenge, Concourse E homes will consume roughly 60-90% less energy than comparable sized conventional homes. Concourse E owner Jeff Demetriou instilled the company with the idea that a modern home is not truly modern unless it takes the environment into account. Hence, Concourse E uses its own green building classification system called Greensphere. The company rating system has three levels, 1-3, with 3 being the best. Both of the projects you see below have descriptions from the website and are Greensphere 3 rated projects.
Anti-Smog is a prototype project envisioned for a post-industrial area of Paris that aims to invent a new architecture — auto-sufficient, depolluting architecture, reactive to its environment. The Vincent Callebaut Architectures prototype relies heavily on building-integrated, green innovation such as vertical axis wind turbines, rooftop solar panels, and living walls and greenery. The result is a design that not only borders on positive energy as a self-sufficient structure, but one that moves into a refreshing realm of natural architecture that can clean and replenish the surrounding air.
Greening of college campuses is a grassroots effort. Many unhappy with cluster subdivisions. USGBC targets lodging industry with LEED-EB. Green building windows can block cell signals. Green building […]
I’m not going to write too much about this project because it’s under construction and we’ll end up doing more when it comes to life. Here, though, is the design for a living building — one that gives something back. It’s the kind of building that goes beyond LEED (although I think it will also get LEED certification, too). Schaar’s Bluff Gathering Center ranks within the top 1% of all sustainable structures, as compared to the USGBC’s registered buildings. How? The structure will generate its own power, react to weather conditions, reuse rainwater, and feed the animals with a trellis planted specifically with fruit vines. Located in Nininger Township, Minnesota, the 3,500 sf Gathering Center will also have an on-site wind turbine, operable windows linked to the HVAC system, a high performance building envelope, automated shading devices, in-floor radiant heating, and rainwater capture and treatment.
The Gathering Center will be a model of sustainable building for the future: living buildings.