Pirates Bay House, Partially Prefab + Green

Many of you have probably seen this house by Stuart Tanner Architects, it was the Architectural Record House of the Month in July 2006.  But I just noticed it and want to post a few images.  It’s a small house of 1,184 sf located near Eaglehawk Neck on Tasmania’s Tasman Peninsula.  As you can see, it juts out into the air, blending the boundary between the wildlife and sea.  I’m sure the owners have witnessed the grandeur of nature at its best, being enveloped by the eucalypt forest and the sea.  Due to the location, the architect had the home partially prefabricated — framing was complete in two days.  The home also has many of the green features most homes should have, such as energy-saving lights, heating, and appliances.  It’s well-insulated throughout and designed to maximize cross ventilation.  And there’s an on-site waste management system, greywater recycling, and fresh water catchment and storage, too. 

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By |September 26th, 2007|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Gadgets, Land Use, Modern architecture, Prefab, Water Efficiency|Tags: , |0 Comments

Before Buying a Prefab [Blogging NYT]

Over the weekend, I noticed another good article in the NY Times by Amy Gunderson, with the above illustration by Nancy Doninger.  The article makes some salient points about prefab, things that must be considered before getting into it.  For instance, one customer said "there is no substitute for seeing a house in person," because what you see online or in a rendering, may not be what you actually get.  The same customer opted for Rocio Romero, and the home took 10 months to build at a cost of $300 psf (including installation and finishes).  That price ends up being pretty decent, when compared to the cost of going after a custom-design modernist home. 

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By |September 26th, 2007|Categories: Modern architecture, News, Prefab|Tags: , |0 Comments

Office Depot, Staples follow Best Buy’s LEED

Hot on the heels of Best Buy’s announcement to build new stores to LEED standards, we have Office Depot and Staples jumping into the LEED game.  With these announcements, we’re seeing two main trends: (1) the mainstreaming of green buildings and (2) the business case for green buildings, especially in the retail context.  It just makes sense.  But as many other commentators have mentioned, these so called green stores will be energy efficient, made of renewable materials, and will use less water, BUT they’re huge and a by-product of American sprawl.  Without passing judgment, I have the belief that a green retail store is better than a non-green retail store.  It’s a step in the right direction.  More on each company below.

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By |September 25th, 2007|Categories: LEED|0 Comments

My WCG Emails: Perpetual Water, Design Solutions, Celadon + American Clay Enterprises

In the few weeks leading up to the event, I received a flood of emails for products to be showcased at WCG, and I wasn't able to research each product and do an individual post. So, I'd like to share with you some of the leads I received. Feel free to check them out, if you have time.
By |September 25th, 2007|Categories: Gadgets, Materials|0 Comments

9,800 sf Luxury Home Raises the Green Bar?

I’ve got a press release on "One of the Greenest Luxury Homes Ever Built," a home that is "sure to raise the bar for building green in the high-end market."  Folks, in […]

By |September 24th, 2007|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Land Use|Tags: , |0 Comments

330 Hudson Street, Sustainable Design + Historic Preservation (S2)

Developer Tribeca Associates has chosen Brennan Beer Gorman Architects (BBG Architects) to design the overhaul of an historic 1910 warehouse building.  At a price of $220 million, the existing structure will be redeveloped into 292,000 sf of office space, with 12 stories of new hotel space rising from the office pedestal.  There will be a small portion of retail space and the hotel will be one of the few Silver LEED Certified buildings in the U.S.  Located at 330 Hudson Street (324-344 Hudson) in the downtown Hudson Square area of Manhattan, the new structure will combine sustainable design and historic preservation in a powerful 22-story package.  The iconic masonry exterior of the existing structure will undergo meticulous restoration, and the finished structure will include amenities such as event space, rooftop pool, sky bar, signature restaurant, outdoor terraces, conference center, and a fitness center.  Via Wired NY.

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By |September 23rd, 2007|Categories: Conservation, Hotel, LEED, Skyscraper|Tags: |0 Comments
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