Bamboo a big tool for greenwashing. DOE spotlights new crop of solar cities. Should managers take a green Hippocratic oath? An architect’s perspective on top green building innovations. The great […]
Damien Somerset and Nicole Bassett of Shift33 put together this video interview with Leo Marmol, innovator of green prefab. Definitely worth a view. I’ve always been an advocate of green prefab, because I think […]
I recently received an email from reader Roxanne Nelson about her green transformation of a 1940s cape cod home in St. Paul, Minnesota. When done, it’s going to be a modern green knockout. Roxanne and her husband, Kevin Flynn, both architects, are documenting the transformation at EcoDEEP Haus, which I’ve been following for the past couple weeks. Check it out.
Eco-boutique CityFlats Hotel is a modern spot in Holland, Michigan that expects to get LEED Silver within the next month. When certified, it’ll be one of only a few green hotels in the country, which is weird because hotels focus so much on energy and water efficiency. Some of the bigger hotel companies have announced trendy green hotel brands, but they’re moving slow and in the mean time, we’re seeing eco-boutiques like CityFlats pop up in various locations.
As you can tell from the images, style wasn’t sacrificed for sustainability at CityFlats.
SMC Furnishings is a small, New York-based company that creates handcrafted, high-quality furniture with earth friendly methods. In their tenth year of business, this company has been doing the green thing for longer than most. Even their workshop produces almost zero waste as they reuse even the smallest scraps for fuel. Almost all of their wood comes from reclaimed buildings, downed trees, or trees that are cut down because of disease or nuisance issues.
Early in grad school, I purchased a halogen task lamp for my desk studies, but I grew tired of it for two reasons: it was too hot and the light was unbearable. So recently, I started looking around for a new, energy-efficient task lamp and Haworth was kind enough to send me a Brazo Task Lamp designed by Pablo Pardo of Pardo Designs. Brazo is a real award winner, taking both Best of Competition and Gold in Lighting for Best of NeoCon 2007. I knew it was going to be nice, but I really had no idea. Here’s my review …