This is MOMO, a prefab concept designed by Thomas Lind. The word MOMO comes from the truncation of Modernistiskt Modulhuskoncept, which is Swedish for modern modular house concept. MOMO homes are put together using 107 sf modules that aren’t particularly made with any special green elements other than to be built with high quality, healthy materials. That said, the concept also calls for a living roof with a blend of native water-storing succulents and grasses. The large, wind-sail looking outdoor roof blurs the boundary between interior and exterior with shade and a congregational patio — and if you’re in the right climate, it’d be quite nice to chill in and out of the home. Modules price in at roughly $25,000 each, and the first MOMO summer houses will be built in Sweden in mid-2008. So, the final product won’t necessarily be huge, but it’s certain to be sufficient.
I received an email from a reader recently about the progress of 300 North LaSalle, which is a 60-story office tower under construction at the northwest corner of North LaSalle Street and the Chicago River in Chicago. It received LEED-CS Gold pre-certification and should be ready for occupation near January 2009. Back in 2005, developer Hines signed Kirkland & Ellis to occupy a mind-numbing 24 floors. (too many lawyers in Chicago?) The rest of the building, comprising about 400,000 sf will be available for lease. And unlike many of the wicked shapes we see in some green buildings, the pragmatic, modern 25,000 rsf floor plates are good for tenants that like to use what they’re paying for. The building was designed by Pickard Chilton, an architectural firm that is becoming increasingly known for their green office and professional buildings. I’ve included some interesting background and images/renderings below.
It’s pretty unbelievable to see all these cool houses at Solar Decathlon. I mean, why can’t all houses look like this? Late yesterday, it was announced that the Technische Universität Darmstadt team from Germany took first prize. Congratulations! Word on the street is that this house was consistently swarmed with visitors the entire week. Rightfully so, too.
Trump's Stalled Golf, $1 Trillion Clean Energy Market, Small Wind Obstacles, Stylish Prefab, + Green City Branding (WIR)
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You’ve probably heard that Fast Company wrote a recent article about some of the potential problems with the LEED system. Well, Bob Langert, Vice President of CSR at McDonald’s, just wrote a small response to Fast Company Magazine in an article titled “LEED = Progress for the Environment.” Starting with the quote, “Perfection is the enemy of good,” Langert continued:
The City of Austin, after a year of serious research by the Zero Energy Capable Homes Task Force, announced a huge initiative towards requiring all new single-family homes to be zero-energy capably by […]