• shaarsbluff

Schaar's Bluff Gathering Center, a Living 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. 

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By |March 7th, 2008|Categories: Conservation, Land Use, LEED|Tags: |0 Comments
  • planetreuse

Planet Reuse, Sourcing and Selling Green Materials

Have recycled or reusable materials to sell?  Looking for recycled or reusable materials?  Need materials that contribute towards LEED MR credits?  Well, starting on or about March 17, you’re going to have […]

By |March 6th, 2008|Categories: LEED, Materials|Tags: , |0 Comments
  • minimalist

The Green Audacity of Lifestyle Minimalism

Photo by Internet Power Lunch.

I’ve been thinking a lot about minimalism lately for some reason.  We all have an idea of what "minimalism" is, but I wanted to dig a little deeper.  According to Wikipedia, minimalism describes a movement where "work is stripped down to its most fundamental features … it is rooted in the reductive aspects of Modernism, and is often interpreted as a reaction against abstract impressionism and a bridge to Postmodern art practices."  Strip it down to the fundamentals. 

I like the concept of stripping stuff down to the fundamentals.  You can strip down anything and literally find that "less is more."  Try it.  I honestly believe that with the right amount of less, less can be more.  Why is that?  Well, quite simply because less equals the fundamentals and enjoying the fundamentals — with no excess — feels good.  Let me explain my thoughts on the lifestyle of minimalism. 

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By |March 6th, 2008|Categories: Editorial, Modern design, News|Tags: |15 Comments

LEED, Say It Don't Spray It [Open Thread]

++LEED, follow or get out of the way!!

On a related note, I realize there are some strong opinions about LEED and its so called issues or problems.  Let’s treat this as an […]

By |March 5th, 2008|Categories: LEED, News|0 Comments
  • grow1b

SMIT GROW Solar and Wind Facades

Green start-up companies are doing some crazy things, and this company, SMIT, is certainly one to watch.  SMIT, an acronym for Sustainably Minded Interactive Technology, spent the last two years in R&D with this interesting approach to solar and wind power.  SMIT's GROW product has two iterations, GROW.1 and GROW.2, pictured above and below. 

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By |March 4th, 2008|Categories: Gadgets, Solar, Wind|0 Comments
  • seedsiphouse

Portland's First SIPs House to Save 70% on Bills!

Update: 8/7/08 – check out Seed’s blog documenting the project at www.sipshousepdx.com.

Yesterday Seed Architecture Studio and Kaya General Contractors announced plans to build the first house in Portland using structural insulated panels ("SIP").  This sustainable home design is targeted to save 70% on bills (compared to a home built to current energy code) utilizing tech such as LED and fluorescent lighting, efficient appliances, passive cooling, and the ultra efficient SIPs.  Speaking of the home, Seed Architecture Studio owner Darin Dougherty said:

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By |March 4th, 2008|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Gadgets, Modern architecture, Prefab, Single Family|Tags: , |0 Comments
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