Wind Power Grows 45%, Green Developments Popular, + Sustainability Benefits [WIR]

Wind Power booms with 45% growth in 2007! GE Financial targets $6 Billion in renewable energy investments. N. Cali homebuilder group mandates 50% energy reduction by 2020. Natural Home Top 10 […]

By |January 19th, 2008|Categories: News, Week in Review|Tags: , |0 Comments

GreenMobile® Ultra-Affordable, Modular Green Homes

We featured GreenMobile® last year when we blogged about the Lifecycle Building Challenge winners.  GreenMobile® was a winner in the Professional Unbuilt category.  Now, mounting success upon success, Michael Berk, creator of the concept, has a prototype in the works to be unveiled in March 2008.  Can’t wait to see that!  GreenMobile® was awarded $5.8 M from FEMA to further develop the prototype and roughly 80 units are in the pipeline right after that prototype comes through. 


By |January 18th, 2008|Categories: Affordable, Modern architecture, Single Family|Tags: , |13 Comments

Next Generation Wal-Mart Uses 25% Less Energy!

I know, I know.  I’m treading on thin water with this one, what with all the haters and anti-sprawlsters out there.  But strictly to make the point that businesses can use less and save money, I like this story.  Next week, Wal-Mart will open the first store of the company’s next generation of green stores in Romeoville, Illinois.  Where their first generation of two green stores saved about 20% energy, this store will save about 25% energy.  The energy savings result from experimentations in refrigeration and heating/cooling systems in their first generation of green stores. 


By |January 17th, 2008|Categories: Conservation, Corporate, Energy Efficiency, Nature, Retail|Tags: |0 Comments

[Video] Oppenheim on COR, Sustainability

The excellent bloggers at Scribe Media just posted a video of Miami-based architect Chad Oppenheim.  Oppenheim is the designer of COR Tower, an eco-tower that has wind turbines at the peak.  Please note, this […]

By |January 17th, 2008|Categories: Interview, Skyscraper|Tags: |0 Comments

World's First LEED Platinum Home Remodel

Live Green, Live Smart just received Platinum certification on one of their green home projects, The Sustainable House.  The Sustainable House is a remodeled, 1948 rambler that’s been converted to one of the greenest homes in the United States.  And they were kind enough to document all the details with a construction diary of the process and before/after photos, too (view below). 

The Sustainable House has a slew of green features that will one day be common in every abode: energy-efficient appliances, CFLs, natural Quartz countertops, Aquia dual-flush toilets, fly ash cement where used, four 130 feet closed-loop wells for geothermal energy, greywater system, super insulation, passive solar, photovoltaic panels, solar hot water system, Solatubes, and triple-glazed argon windows, to name a few.


By |January 16th, 2008|Categories: Energy Efficiency, LEED, Single Family|Tags: |0 Comments

2008 Honor Awards by AIA, Green Features Abound!

Actually, of the 800 projects the AIA received for consideration, 28 of them were selected for an Honor Award.  In the architectural category, sustainability played a large part in each of the 13 projects selected.  But the projects come in all shapes and varieties.  Check some of the cool ones below. 


By |January 15th, 2008|Categories: Lists, Modern architecture, News|0 Comments

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