• WIRv2

Green Labeling, Sourcing Wind Energy, Sustainable Development + Landscape Design Rating System (WIR)

Most Americans and Canadians say "green" labeling just a marketing tactic. Harnessing the Wind to Fuel India’s Growth – as nations examine their carbon output, wind turbines provide one alternative to coal. […]

By |October 6th, 2007|Categories: Land Use, News, Vegetation, Week in Review|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

[Video] The Green Building Revolution

It’s Friday, why not watch a little video?  High quality video content like this is hard to find online, so I thought I would share it.  A lot of people think green building […]

By |October 5th, 2007|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Gadgets, Land Use, LEED, News|Tags: , , |0 Comments
  • sunpower

National Solar Tour Day – October 6, 2007

Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s that time again:  October 6, 2007 – The National Solar Tour.  The ASES National Solar Tour is the largest tour of sustainable energy technology for buildings in the […]

By |October 4th, 2007|Categories: Energy Efficiency, News, Solar|Tags: , |0 Comments
  • cherokeelofts

Modern Green Cherokee Lofts

Update 12/13/09: Platinum Lofts @ Cherokee Studios Now Complete!

There's a lot to mention with REthink Development's project called Cherokee Lofts:  history, sustainability, modern design, materials innovation, etc.  This Pugh + Scarpa-designed development is on track to be named the first, privately developed, LEED Gold Certified, mixed-use project in Southern California.  The project will have 12 loft units, all ranging in size from 1,000 – 2,000 sf, and 2,800 sf of commercial space. 

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By |October 3rd, 2007|Categories: Gadgets, LEED, Materials, Modern architecture, Nature, Solar|Tags: , |0 Comments
  • phinneyhouse

Phinney House, Modern Green Attractive Reuse

I guess the term would be adaptive reuse, but I think I’m going to start calling this "attractive reuse."  Attractive reuse is about taking boring, old, traditional homes and renovating them into modern, green abodes.  The Phinney House was intended to be a case study house — the existing house was extensively remodeled, the main floor was raised to give more height in the basement, the main floor plan was opened up, and a new second floor was added.  It’s Built-Green certified, too.  Some of the many ecologically sustainable elements in this project include the following: hydronic radiant-floor heat; whole-house heat-recovery ventilation; FSC-certified lumber, plywood and cabinetry; reclaimed fir beams and columns; sustainably harvested Ipe wood siding and decking; straw-board flooring; non-toxic paints and finishes; concrete with fly-ash content; and rain-screen siding.  Nice.

Also, for other attractive reuse projects, check out the Boxhouse and the TrailerWrap Project.  Check below for what the Phinney House looked like before the makeover.

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By |October 2nd, 2007|Categories: Gadgets, Materials, Modern architecture|Tags: |0 Comments
  • pittmakeitright

Brad Pitt to Make It Right with 150 Affordable, Sustainable Homes

UPDATE:: 12/3/2007 Make It Right Project: 13 Designs, 150 Homes

Hot on the heels of Pitt’s latest work in New Orleans comes this new announcement that he and Steve Bing are planning a new 150-home community in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward.  He wants to Make It Right, in a place that gets less and less attention.  So at this point, I would consider Brad Pitt a developer — he has vision and can bring all the different players together to move meaningful projects forward.  Pitt, with an eye towards design, sustainability, and affordability, keeps stacking success upon success.  It’s really interesting to follow.   

Naturally, these homes will be affordable and sustainable, but to get the project going, both Bing and Pitt have pledged $5 million each in matching funds.  If you’re interested, here’s where you can submit donations.  He’s already retained William McDonough + Partners (think: Cradle to Cradle) to lead the sustainable construction process, but look who else is helping out … Pugh + Scarpa Architecture, Morphosis, Shigeru Ban Architects, and Adjaye Architects, to name a few.  Enough said.  I can’t wait to see the renderings. 

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By |October 2nd, 2007|Categories: News|Tags: , |9 Comments
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