Tower Verre by Jean Nouvel (S2)

I’m starting to run dry on eco-tower projects to talk about on Sundays, so maybe we can get a few more to pop up in Dubai?  This skyscraper, Tower Verre, might just be the next green structure in New York.  Well, more specifically, Tower Verre is on the table and ready to go, but I’m not entirely sure whether it will be green.  WAN notes the following: "solar panels and wind turbines fill the narrow triangular top section, putting its unusually thin silhouette to a reasonable use.  This tower is a monument to the rules of shadow and light, and to the forces of the wind." ##  I haven’t been able to confirm the use of solar and wind in the tower’s pinnacle, but as always, I think it’s positive to have solar/wind integrated into structures in a meaningful way.

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By |December 16th, 2007|Categories: Modern architecture, Skyscraper|Tags: |0 Comments

Project7Ten on the Ebay Auction Block @ $2.85 M

I’m a huge fan of Project7Ten — the first traditionally-built, LEED Platinum home in California (read: non-prefab).  But the developers are going after another first, that is, to be the first LEED Platinum home […]

By |December 16th, 2007|Categories: LEED, Modern architecture, News, Single Family|Tags: |6 Comments

Green Financing, Building Codes, Irked Lumber Dealers, + Other Trends (WIR)

Green standards irk (lumber) dealers.  A foundation for green building.  Finding financing for you green building project. Affordable housing advocates build green and inspire innovation. Planner says going […]

By |December 15th, 2007|Categories: Affordable, LEED, News, Week in Review|Tags: , |0 Comments

Sustainable House in Poland, it's the Imagery

The original website for this house by Architekt Kuczia is not in english, so here’s a quick synopsis of some of the details: "The construction costs of this simple house were low and the lifecycle costs will be reduced.  The built form is designed to optimize the absorbance of solar energy.  80% of the building envelope is directed towards the sun.  “Black box”, a three storey structure clad with dark fibre cement panels, is warmed by the sun and offers a view on the lake."  Notice the living roof?  Via WAN.

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By |December 14th, 2007|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Modern architecture, Nature, Single Family|Tags: , |0 Comments

Cisco Opens Green Office, Appoints Green Guru

There’s major action in the data center world, with all sorts of facilities aiming for energy-efficient centers and LEED buildings.  Cisco, led by the undeniably approachable CEO John Chambers, is embarking on a plan […]

By |December 13th, 2007|Categories: Conservation, Energy Efficiency, LEED, News|Tags: |0 Comments

First LEED Platinum Healthcare Facility in World!

Green buildings, with their natural light and excellent indoor air quality, have the potential to make a big difference in the healthcare industry.  At some point, there’s going to be the world’s first LEED Platinum healthcare facility in the world and Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas just might be the location to do it.  The 32-acre, $200 M project is on schedule to take LEED Platinum, if everything goes as planned.  The pictures are magnificent and we here at Jetson Green think it would be great if no one ever had to go inside!  TBG Partners was kind enough to provide photos of the work they’re doing on the project, which includes site planning, sustainable design, and landscape architectural services.   

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By |December 12th, 2007|Categories: Land Use, News, Vegetation, Water Efficiency|Tags: , , |0 Comments
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