3form has a line of great eco-friendly materials. One of their products, Chroma, is a solid surface material suitable for countertops, tabletops, vanities, and anything else your imagination can dream up. The best part about the Chroma line is the color choices. There is a beautiful palette of brights, bolds, neutrals, and earth tones to choose from. The bright colors are candy-like and would make a truly unique and bold statement in an otherwise neutral room. The fascinating thing about Chroma is it’s reclaim potential. Chroma can be sent back to 3form and they can change the color of the material — and this can be done over and over again.
4/4/2009 Update: Logical Homes has officially launched!
Tonight, Dwell posted image of AEGEAN, a modern prefab made of shipping containers. If my information is correct, Aegean is the first prefab from Peter DeMaria […]
Last July, when we brought news that Leonardo DiCaprio and Discovery were going to help rebuild the tornado-torn city of Greensburg, we didn't know the city was so focused on greening its infrastructure. […]
Tonight, Michelle Kaufmann announced that her firm will participate in the "smart home: green + wired, Powered by ComEd and Warmed by Peoples Gas" exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry ("MSI") opening May 8, 2008. MKD will exhibit a modern, green prefab on parkland just southeast of MSI. The project has been in the works for a few months, and over the last week, they’ve broken ground and laid the foundation. As rendered above, the full-sized mkSolaire will demonstrate the mk 5 EcoPrinciples: smart design, eco materials, energy efficiency, water conservation, and healthy living.
The Vento Residences has earned North America’s first LEED Platinum* certification for a multi-family residential project. Located in Calgary, Alberta and built for a price of $8 million, this multi-use urban infill project has 20 two-story townhouse suites that are situated above retail space. Interestingly, the development was coming online at the same time as several other developments in the area and sold out quickly at a slight premium in price (compared to the competition). Purchasers identified with the dark green units and bought them up in a heartbeat.
Previously we wrote about High Street Philadelphia, which is a super-green, mixed use community being developed by home(scale). They sent me some new renderings pictured above and below, and the hope is that they’ll be able to see this project to a reality. High Street is aiming for LEED Platinum certification, the highest designation bestowed by the USGBC, and will feature 51 carbon-neutral residential units, 3 commercial units, a cafe and organic grocery, and underground parking.
Units will feature high design and contemporary materials from such brands as Duravit, Hansgroghe, Schiffini, and Fisher Paykel. They will be offered at affordable prices, or "work-force pricing," too. It’s going to be an excellent, net-zero energy development with courtyards, photovoltaic power, solar hot water, LED lighting, efficient systems, green roofs, bio-mass filtration, and access to the Philly CarShare program.