Concourse E broke ground on two super green projects last December in Atlanta that intend to move beyond LEED and into a greener realm of living. Committed to the Architecture 2030 Challenge, Concourse E homes will consume roughly 60-90% less energy than comparable sized conventional homes. Concourse E owner Jeff Demetriou instilled the company with the idea that a modern home is not truly modern unless it takes the environment into account. Hence, Concourse E uses its own green building classification system called Greensphere. The company rating system has three levels, 1-3, with 3 being the best. Both of the projects you see below have descriptions from the website and are Greensphere 3 rated projects.
Anti-Smog is a prototype project envisioned for a post-industrial area of Paris that aims to invent a new architecture — auto-sufficient, depolluting architecture, reactive to its environment. The Vincent Callebaut Architectures prototype relies heavily on building-integrated, green innovation such as vertical axis wind turbines, rooftop solar panels, and living walls and greenery. The result is a design that not only borders on positive energy as a self-sufficient structure, but one that moves into a refreshing realm of natural architecture that can clean and replenish the surrounding air.
Greening of college campuses is a grassroots effort. Many unhappy with cluster subdivisions. USGBC targets lodging industry with LEED-EB. Green building windows can block cell signals. Green building […]
I’m not going to write too much about this project because it’s under construction and we’ll end up doing more when it comes to life. Here, though, is the design for a living building — one that gives something back. It’s the kind of building that goes beyond LEED (although I think it will also get LEED certification, too). Schaar’s Bluff Gathering Center ranks within the top 1% of all sustainable structures, as compared to the USGBC’s registered buildings. How? The structure will generate its own power, react to weather conditions, reuse rainwater, and feed the animals with a trellis planted specifically with fruit vines. Located in Nininger Township, Minnesota, the 3,500 sf Gathering Center will also have an on-site wind turbine, operable windows linked to the HVAC system, a high performance building envelope, automated shading devices, in-floor radiant heating, and rainwater capture and treatment.
The Gathering Center will be a model of sustainable building for the future: living buildings.
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I’ve been thinking a lot about minimalism lately for some reason. We all have an idea of what "minimalism" is, but I wanted to dig a little deeper. According to Wikipedia, minimalism describes a movement where "work is stripped down to its most fundamental features … it is rooted in the reductive aspects of Modernism, and is often interpreted as a reaction against abstract impressionism and a bridge to Postmodern art practices." Strip it down to the fundamentals.
I like the concept of stripping stuff down to the fundamentals. You can strip down anything and literally find that "less is more." Try it. I honestly believe that with the right amount of less, less can be more. Why is that? Well, quite simply because less equals the fundamentals and enjoying the fundamentals — with no excess — feels good. Let me explain my thoughts on the lifestyle of minimalism.