- Builders return to class for lessons in ‘green.’
- California energy regulators adopted a target that all homes built after 2020 produce at least as much energy as they consume.
- Going green draws talent, cuts costs.
- New eco-friendly condo towers defy the logic of the market downturn.
- Green building projects will skyrocket over next five years.
With the price of oil at $95 a barrel, economists estimate that U.S. households will spend an additional $90 billion on costlier gasoline. Estimating our population at 300 million, that’s an average of $300 per person. Between my wife and I, that means we’re giving up $600 of our economic pie to the recently increased cost of transportation, on average.
If you have time, you can sit through all ten of these episodes and really soak in some excellent information. In Dwell’s first web video series, Building Green in Harlem, the modern magazine company followed David and Alysia as they renovated a brownstone into a modern, sustainable home. For some reason, the last and final video, Episode 10, which I’ve gone ahead and embedded above for your Friday viewing pleasure, isn’t on the Dwell website with the others. It is on GreenStreet‘s website; GreenStreet was the design/build team for the project. The above video shows what they were able to accomplish, and videos like this give people an idea of what can honestly be expected in a green rehab. Here: open, light, airy, modern.
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Overnight, Postgreen announced its first development project in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. It will be a small project with two small, two-bedroom homes that will be modern, green, and affordable, a powerful trifecta of aspirations. Generally speaking, the homes will be designed by Interface Studio Architects and will be loftstyle with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, and enough green amenities to qualify for about a LEED Silver certification.
Interestingly, Postgreen is also conducting a case study to try to build one of the homes for only $100K. The purpose would be to prove that modern, green homes can be affordably built today. They’ve started a blog, the 100k House, to document the entire process from planning to construction to sale. If you have experience in this endeavor, and I’m sure you do or you wouldn’t be reading Jetson Green, Postgreen is looking for feedback for every step of the process, which you can do by visiting the 100k House blog. More here.
This is the ASAP House, a House About Saving A Planet designed by Laszlo Kiss. Like many green designs generated these days, this home will be a net zero energy home — it will produce as much energy as it uses over a certain period of time. To do that, the home will have good insulation, Energy Star lighting fixtures, a 10 kW photovoltaic array, and a geothermal heating and cooling system. Currently, a prototype ASAP House is being built for Sag Harbor, New York. Just last month, the factory was moving along well on three modules that will end up completing the home.
The ASAP house will cost roughly $250-265 psf, depending on site conditions, and is being designed with LEED certification in the works. It is anticipated that the finished home will be about 2,500 sf, with 4 bedrooms, and 2.5 bathrooms. It’ll be fun to follow the blog progress and see the finished product. At that point, we’ll officially have one more prefab contender, and more particularly, one that can service the Northeast!
Back in 2004, the William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum received LEED Silver certification as a newly constructed green building. Recently, though, they went back to the drawing table and brainstormed ways to make the building greener. After beefing up the green cleaning and recycling programs and purchasing RECs for the energy use they couldn't reduce through conservation and efficiency, they've been able to make some major improvements. Today, a press release was issued recognizing the Clinton Library for receiving LEED-EB Platinum certification, which is quite the accomplishment. Congrats, Mr. Clinton.