The Hawaii Gateway Energy Center (HGEC) is a 3,600 sf, $3.4 million facility situated on the south coast of Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. The new building serves both the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii and the Hawaii Ocean Sciences and Technology Park. And as you may be able to gather from the images and models below, HGEC is a fascinating display of the future potential for synergies of solar power and building efficiencies. The entire building is designed as a thermal chimney that captures heat and creates air movement using the structural form and thermodynamic principles. Also, with the help of glazing, the building orientation and design pretty much eliminates the need for electric lighting during the day. Notably, HGEC consumes about 20% of the energy that’s required by a comparable building.
I’m happy to announce that Jetson Green has signed on as an official media sponsor for the Ecocity World Summit, which takes place April 22-26, 2008 in San Francisco, California. I couldn’t be happier to be supporting such a stellar event.
You should know, however, that this is no ordinary conference. Ecocity World Summit recognizes it’s time to take a closer look at the largest of humanity’s creations — cities — directly and fearlessly. Over 85% of humanity currently live in cities, towns, and villages –- the built community of our species. The Ecocity World Summit challenges and inspires each individual, no matter where we call home, to build something different: the city for ourselves, the city for people and all life on the planet. For a sneak peak, take a look at some of the projects that will be explored.
Speakers at the event include some of the following:
The Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation synagogue is a beautiful building on 303 Dodge Avenue in Evanston, Illinois. The Chicago Tribune reports that it’s "believed to be the first synagogue designed to achieve the highest level — platinum — in the [USGBC’s LEED] rating system." That’s probably true. The JRC board of directors mandated LEED Platinum certification, but my search of LEED Certified projects does not list the JRC synagogue yet. Nevertheless, it’s a fine example of green architecture in the religious building context, which is something we don’t see too often.
Recently, I saw this article about Howcast and was quite intrigued by the startup company. Howcast is run by ex-Googlers with the intent of becoming the YouTube of instructional videos. It’s a good idea, […]
I’m seriously loving the Rapson Greenbelt here by Wieler. Wieler was founded by the owner of the Original Dwell Home and offers a nice selection of prefab designs for the modern, green home enthusiast. Speaking of the Rapson Greenbelt, Inhabitat reports: "Modernist architect Ralph Rapson has managed to reinterpret this 60-year old design with the green panache of a 21st century prefab. The Rapson Greenbelt, an articulate series of prefab dwellings, is derived from a 1945 design called Case Study #4, which debuted back then as part of Arts & Architecture’s Case Study House Program. Today, the Rapson Greenbelt is part of the modern home portfolio from WIELER, the award-winning providers of custom prefab homes."