If everything pans out, 5IVE is going to be one of the hottest homes to hit the modern + green scene. You watch, I’m calling it right now. This Minneapolis, Minnesota home is aiming for the distinct accomplishment of LEED Platinum certification under the U.S. Green Building Council guidelines. Platinum green homes get attention. John Dwyer, professor at University of Minnesota and founder of Shelter Architecture, designed the home for Jeff and Saleno Gallo. 5IVE is built with precast concrete walls with an r-value in the 30s, has one of the most efficient heating and cooling systems on the market, and will use the greenest possible materials, products, appliances, and fixtures.
The blogosphere is cool because we can use it to peer into the lives of others and learn from their experiences. Jeff Gallo and Dwyer are collaborating on a blog by documenting the step-by-step process of building one of the greenest homes in Minnesota. Right now, details are a little scant (for the unbuilt portions), so check the progress at the 5IVE blog for more specifics.
Good Links:++5ive Plans [Shelter Architecture]++5IVE: DIARY OF A LEED PLATINUM HOME++5IVE: Diary of a LEED Platinum Home [Treehugger]
Right now, the world’s largest wind energy conference and exhibition, called WINDPOWER 2007, is going on. For those of you that can’t attend, here’s a link to the AWEA […]
It looks like there are three new youtube videos up of the Dwell Home by Resolution: 4 Architecture. The one above is a fly through of the Dwell Home 3D renderings. If, like me, […]
I just want to kick out a shout to the group over at Lighter Footstep that took time to look at the state of the green blogosphere and come up with a list of good green blogs to read. With the blogosphere as large as it is, there’s always room for error in generating a list, but I think LF did a nice job. Feel free to pop over and read about each one. Importantly, the list goes beyond the big-time green blogs such as Treehugger, EcoGeek, AutoBlogGreen, and Inhabitat. These are the leaders of green blogging. Other than JG, I’ve included links to the other nine:
Daily Fuel Economy Tip Eco-Chick Ecorazzi Frugal for Life Green Options Maria Energia No Impact Man The Sietch Blog Vegetarian Meal Plans
Click below the fold to hear what Lighter Footstep had to say about Jetson Green:
I’ve embedded a quick view from the first season of Building Green TV for PBS. Kevin Contreras is the show’s host and he’s going to navigate viewers through a variety of different green building […]
Recently, Paris-based architect Jacques Ferrier unleashed his "Hypergreen" mixed-use skyscraper concept, which was submitted for a project competition in Paris. Hypergreen incorporates a curving lattice facade made of ultra-high-performance concrete that acts as the building’s primary structural system. It has the look of steel, almost resembling some of Foster’s designs such as Hearst Tower or 30 St Mary Axe. Measuring 246 meters in height, Hypergreen has the following green features: geothermal heat pumps, photovoltaic panels, integrated wind turbines, earth cooling tubes, vegetated sky lobbies, a roof garden, rainwater recovery system, and flexible and adaptable floor plates. The exoskeleton reduces the number of columns that make for odd floor plates.
Good Links:++Jacques Ferrier Architecture [Official Website]++Green Skyscraper Will Have ‘Steel-like’ Concrete Skin [BD+C – PODCAST]