Office Building of the Future, Just Like a Tree! [S2]

This is a preview of what William McDonough (you know, Cradle to Cradle and Time’s Hero for the Planet) will be talking about this week in Abu Dhabi at the World Future Energy Summit.  Dubbed the "Tree Tower" by Building Magazine, a leading UK construction magazine, the speculative Office Building of the Future was originally just a concept for Fortune Magazine in 2006.  There is no commission for the building, but at the very least, it illustrates principles of good design for all buildings.

Blending nature and man-made construction, the Office Building of the Future will positively impact the environment.  Solar and geothermal power create energy, tree-filled terraces recycle water, and multiple skins weatherproof and insulate the inside of the building.  The building, designed with materials that can either be reused or returned safely to the earth, is made to absorb natural light, too.  In all, it’s a super showcase of principles necessary to build something that doesn’t take more than it gives.  We’ll see if McDonough makes any announcements this week.  Thoughts?

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By |January 20th, 2008|Categories: Nature, Skyscraper, Solar|0 Comments

PTI: Join the Jetson Green Facebook Group!

Hey there, pardon the interruption, but we’ve got some fun news.  As of 15 minutes ago, the Jetson Green Facebook Group just went live.  I invite you all to join, if you’re interested […]

By |January 19th, 2008|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

Wind Power Grows 45%, Green Developments Popular, + Sustainability Benefits [WIR]

Wind Power booms with 45% growth in 2007! GE Financial targets $6 Billion in renewable energy investments. N. Cali homebuilder group mandates 50% energy reduction by 2020. Natural Home Top 10 […]

By |January 19th, 2008|Categories: News, Week in Review|Tags: , |0 Comments

GreenMobile® Ultra-Affordable, Modular Green Homes

We featured GreenMobile® last year when we blogged about the Lifecycle Building Challenge winners.  GreenMobile® was a winner in the Professional Unbuilt category.  Now, mounting success upon success, Michael Berk, creator of the concept, has a prototype in the works to be unveiled in March 2008.  Can’t wait to see that!  GreenMobile® was awarded $5.8 M from FEMA to further develop the prototype and roughly 80 units are in the pipeline right after that prototype comes through. 

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By |January 18th, 2008|Categories: Affordable, Modern architecture, Single Family|Tags: , |13 Comments

Next Generation Wal-Mart Uses 25% Less Energy!

I know, I know.  I’m treading on thin water with this one, what with all the haters and anti-sprawlsters out there.  But strictly to make the point that businesses can use less and save money, I like this story.  Next week, Wal-Mart will open the first store of the company’s next generation of green stores in Romeoville, Illinois.  Where their first generation of two green stores saved about 20% energy, this store will save about 25% energy.  The energy savings result from experimentations in refrigeration and heating/cooling systems in their first generation of green stores. 

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By |January 17th, 2008|Categories: Conservation, Corporate, Energy Efficiency, Nature, Retail|Tags: |0 Comments

[Video] Oppenheim on COR, Sustainability

The excellent bloggers at Scribe Media just posted a video of Miami-based architect Chad Oppenheim.  Oppenheim is the designer of COR Tower, an eco-tower that has wind turbines at the peak.  Please note, this […]

By |January 17th, 2008|Categories: Interview, Skyscraper|Tags: |0 Comments
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