- McGraw-Hill Construction released the Greening of Corporate America SmartMarket report detailing corporate America’s opinions on green building and sustainability.
- Future British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, has announced a plan to build 5 affordable "eco-towns," which will include wind and photovoltaic energy sources.
- Wal-mart announced a major initiative to outfit 22 stores with solar power, an amount that could be up to 20 million kWh per year.
- A $3 million BP gas station in South Baltimore becomes latest green building with an amazing living roof, among other things.
Let’s face it, less is more. What you see is the micro compact home, aka m-ch, which is a 76 sf home designed by Richard Horden, a professor at Technical University of Munich (TUM). m-ch was designed to meet the growing demand for short-stay living. I think Horden’s on to something. Right now, there’s a horde of 7 m-chs that TUM students and staff occasionally stay in. But there’s also a 16-unit village of m-chs being developed for a site near Vienna, Austria.
What’s great about the m-ch is its high-tech design. It’s all geeked out with the latest in electronics and technology. Future models plan to use solar panels and horizontal-axis wind turbines to make the home self-sustaining. For $96,000 (delivery + installation anywhere in Europe), you get a sliding table for 5, two 7.5 foot beds, shelves and drawers, an electrical systems control panel, bathroom and shower, and a kitchen with a microwave, fridge/freezer, sink, waste unit, and work surface. For a quick jaunt and a little fun, what more could you ask for? Via Wired. Cool images below the fold.
Foster + Partners has created a master plan for a massive and bold 6 million square meter sustainable development near Abu Dhabi called Masdar. Driven by the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, Masdar will be a zero carbon, zero waste community, one that will be entirely car free.
I’m in the middle of a hellish end to law school finals. I have some good content in the works, but need to sort through it + make it shine, so keep your eyes open for stuff later in the day. For those of you aren’t familiar with the face behind Jetson Green, I’m at the end of my 4th year of grad school getting both JD + MBA degrees. The MBA part finished last week. I need to polish up my paper on lead paint public nuisance litigation for Friday and make it through the night studying for constitutional law. Next week is graduation and we’re moving the very next day for Salt Lake City. Posting will be erratic, but will come even if it’s at 4:00 am sometimes. How ’bout them Jazz? Who would’ve thought I’d leave the playoff-less Dallas for the playoff-full Salt Lake City?
That’s right. Another example of the business case for going green. Recently, Gatorade received LEED Gold-level certification for the Gatorade Thirst Quencher Blue Ridge facility in Wytheville, Virginia. At 950,000 sf, it weighs in as the largest green food and beverage facility in the world. Notice the oxymoron: large green; but it’s not really fair for me to say that. Building a manufacturing facility to the LEED Gold level can be quite the accomplishment. Like Coca-Cola, PepsiCo (which owns Gatorade) sees the benefits of having green production facilities. In addition to the PR benefits of showing the community that you’re not wasteful of valuable water resources, you build a better work environment for employees and waste less energy. Big companies with green buildings show their employees that green is good, and this thinking starts to cascade. Eventually, employees will greenify their homes and habits. Employees will tell their friends and families, too. Word will spread and there will be a point, not in the too distant future, when everyone accepts green as the standard and non-green as passé, wasteful, and unsophisticated.
The images you see are for a development in Denmark called the "Danish Light*house," a collaboration between UNStudio, 3xn, and Gehl Architects. Light*house is the winner of the competition for a new Aarhus harbor front. In addition to the 140 meter residential tower, the project includes the ancillary buildings also on the water front. With sub-level parking and no parking on ground level, one goal of Light*house is to create a walkable environment that draws visitors to the water. Although details are still in general terms, starting sometime in 2008, it will be built to the newest energy standards and sustainable building practices. Light*house will have a healthy mix of rental + owner-occupied housing; a large portion of the project will include non-profit rental housing. When construction is complete in 2010, the project owners hope to have the harbor front in Denmark. More pics below the jump. Via.