Grand Rapids, Michigan is one of the greenest cities in the country, at least if you go by the number of LEED certified buildings it has. A couple of years ago, Grand Rapids was #5 on a list of cities with the most LEED certified buildings, surpassing even cities such as Chicago, San Francisco, New York, and Washington DC. Grand Rapids also has embraced renewable energy for the city. But Grand Rapids’ latest claim to green fame is that it is now the home to the first new construction LEED-certified art museum in the country.
The building is a 125,000 sf structure designed by Kulapat Yantrasast of Workshop Hakomori Yantrasast (wHY Architects). The Grand Rapids Art Museum opened just a few weeks prior to David Adjaye’s Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, which is also expecting a LEED Gold.
It's hard not to gawk at the images of this building. So industrial and modern. It's quite striking. Built with 17 containers in 2006, this Freitag Flagship Store is probably one of the best examples of adaptive reuse that I can recall.
Financing Home 2.0. LEED certification is a hot topic for builders. A new model for green design. High performance wall systems may be coming soon. ASHRAE increases roof/wall R-value […]
This is seriously lowbrow, and I’m embarrassed to join the likes of celebrity media, but ole’ Mrs. Parker has something interesting to say about green building. She’s building a new home in San Antonio, […]
I ran across some news that Marquiss Wind Power just raised $1.3 M in series A funding, which, in and of itself, isn’t that big of a deal to me (because funding doesn’t = anything). That said, Marquiss Wind Power has quite the value proposition with their ducted wind turbine product called Aeropoint, a product that comes in three sizes. It’s a small-wind turbine built for commercial buildings of 1-3 floors. Based out of Folsom, California, the company had encouraging results with the first three test turbines. Actually, the results were so good the company claims purchasers should have a payback period of 2-7 years. You’ll notice that depending on a lot of different factors, a 2-7 year payback is about 2x faster than the payback for solar.
I put ‘green’ in parenthesis because the future is green, whether you, I, or anyone else likes it. That’s where this whole thing is heading. And several countries rely heavily on prefabrication for construction of homes and buildings. So I ask, after looking at the photos, does this Magic Box represent what’s to come in the future? The Magic Box is cubic and versatile and small. It can go anywhere and be used as anything. But is this the future of (green) prefab?