Residents of The Q Experience Luxurious James Bond Lifestyle with Solar Power

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“The Q” is an apartment building in the Little Italy neighborhood of San Diego, California (Jonathan Segal FAIA & Development Company), so named after the gadget-inventing character, Q, of James Bond movie fame. A gross square footage of 90,000 houses 29 residential units, between 400 and 1,900 square feet a piece, along with underground parking.

Green features of The Q include rooftop solar panels that power common areas, low-E glazing, and operable windows that allow for light and air to enter the building through “gill slits,” or angled fins, on the building’s north facade.

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To lighten the visual impact, the building volumes are transparent and clean-lined, and feature wrap-around glass that, from floor to ceiling, provides residents with dramatic views of the San Diego harbor and downtown skyline.

Rents range from $950 per month for studio apartments on up to $5,200 for two-bedroom duplex units. While these are above the average neighborhood prices, Segal was able to lease all of the units without difficulty. “We offered something different,” he said in an Architectural Record interview, “not boxes punched with holes, not transplanted suburban homes, but places that capitalize on the city experience.”

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Jonathan Segal is known as one of the most successful and pioneering residential architectural and development companies in downtown San Diego, with a reputation for building superior housing at competitive prices. His firm focuses on urban projects that range between 80 and 160 units per acre of land. The firm has won twenty-four local, state, and national AIA awards for residential and urban design.

Fiscavaig House Rests on Stilts to Minimize Environmental Impact

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This tiny Fiscavaig Hen House by Rural Design near the Isle of Skye in Scotland was designed with the local ancient landscape in mind. With a need to minimize its environmental impact and provide virtually no disruption to the surrounding area, the tiny timber home rests on stilts and is only 70 square meters in size.

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This Week in Energy News for March 8, 2013

This week in Jetson Green Energy News, studies show the benefits of green and sustainable building, assistance is being provided to Hurricane Sandy victims for energy-efficient solutions, Walgreens is building a net-zero store, a California city may require solar on new homes, the U.S. government wants your opinion about LEED, and a new feature to this column: upcoming green events.

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New Study Identifies Benefits of Sustainably-Built Schools

A recently released study from McGraw-Hill Construction, which can be downloaded for free, reveals that faculty and students who work and attend schools that have been built with sustainability goals in mind are healthier and happier. According to the New and Retrofit Green Schools SmartMarket Report (2013), students are more attentive, get better grades, and have higher attendance rates.

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Energy-Efficient Modern Home is Built Inside a Cave in Missouri

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If you’ve ever wanted to live in a cave, this beautiful modern home in Festus, Missouri is the perfect blend of energy efficiency and rustic living. The 17,000-square foot underground home is built right inside a sandstone cave, featuring a modern interior space that perfectly accents the unfinished sandstone walls.

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Arbor House in the Bronx Provides a Green Community for Low-Income Residents


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New York City’s new Arbor House, a green building located in the Morrisania neighborhood of the Bronx, is a $37.7 million project designed as part of Mayor Bloomberg’s New Housing Marketplace Plan, which has a goal of providing 165,000 affordable housing units in the city by 2014.

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The World’s Greenest Commercial Building Now Leasing for Spring 2013 Opening

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Seattle’s Bullitt Center, a project of the Bullitt Foundation, has been designed to take the spot as the most energy efficient commercial building on the planet and put Seattle on “the forefront of the green building movement,” according to the project’s website.

With the first floor already leased to the International Living Future Institute and the University of Washington Integrated Design Lab, the remaining five floors of this 50,000 square foot green building are now available to lease in advance of its planned opening this spring.

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