ZeroHouse, an Off-Grid Modern Dream

ZeroHouse generates its own electrical power, collects its own water, processes its own waste products, and is completely automatic.  Conceived by architect Scott Specht, AIA, zeroHouse has everything you could ever ask for in a modern, green home. 

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By |October 29th, 2007|Categories: Gadgets, Modern architecture, Prefab|9 Comments

Squak Mountain Stone, A Natural Beauty

Squak Mountain Stone is an environmentally friendly slab and tile product company based in Washington State.  Their slabs are a unique offering on the green market because of their natural appearance, somewhat similar to limestone or soapstone.  Squak is being used in a wide variety of applications including countertops, tabletops, tiling, hearths, signs, and stairways.  It is made of 49% post-industrial materials, which include crushed glass, type f coal-fly ash, and 2.5 % post-consumer mixed waste paper, in addition to low carbon cement and iron oxide pigments, making it a great option for LEED credits.

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By |October 29th, 2007|Categories: Gadgets, LEED, Materials, Modern design, Recycled|0 Comments

San Francisco's Glassy Green 555 Mission Street (S2)

Floor-to-ceiling glass panels, accented with glass and metal fins … this is 555 Mission Street.  The base of the building will have a public plaza with a so called "garden of light"– an organic, living space with fiber-optic light wands.  The 33-floor building is will be state-of-the-art and with all those windows, it’ll need to filter the natural light without burning up the interior in the summer.  Slated for completion in the third quarter of 2008, the building will have dual-panel, insulated glazing windows with low-e coating.  In total, 555 Mission Street will have approximately 550,000 rentable square feet and what seems to be incredible views of the city and the bay — I really like this first image below.  Word is, the building will be LEED certified, although I haven’t been able to verify that or the level of planned certification.  See updates below. 

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By |October 28th, 2007|Categories: LEED, Skyscraper|Tags: |0 Comments

Green Your Business, Lifecycle of a Green Product, Energy-Efficient Dwellings, + James Lovelock (WIR)

50 Ways to Green Your Business 7 Steps in the Lifecycle of a Green Product Kansas Coal-fired Power Plant rejected over carbon dioxide. Cement is crucial for growth in […]

By |October 27th, 2007|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Gadgets, Materials, News, Week in Review|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Instant Housing + Designing for Disaster [Wired]

WIRED has an excellent multimedia presentation on instant, transient, or disaster shelters.  Many of them are made of common or easily movable transportable objects: flat packs, containers, pallets, etc.  Above: Clean Hub by Shelter Architecture; Middle below: DH1 by Gregg Fleishman; Bottom: Pallet House by I-Beam Design.  Enjoy!

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By |October 26th, 2007|Categories: Container Design, Materials, Prefab|0 Comments

Second-Look, Recycled Vinyl Wallcoverings

Watch out!  Second-Look is a new product that has the potential to make a splash.  I’m still trying to decide how I feel about it, but Buildings Magazine gave it a Grand Prize Product […]

By |October 26th, 2007|Categories: Commercial Interiors, Gadgets, Materials, Recycled|0 Comments
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