Philips Wants More Efficiency, DOE Selects 13, + Lennar Gets Crazy Solar (WIR)

Homebuilder Lennar to Build Largest Solar Homes Development in U.S. – According to a deal with Sacramento Municipality Utility District (SMUD), Lennar will build 1,254 energy-efficient homes with solar power systems as a standard […]

By |March 17th, 2007|Categories: Gadgets, News, Solar, Week in Review|Tags: , |0 Comments

Costs and Benefits of Green Roofing

I ran into a pretty thorough article on green roofing and wanted to pass it along to readers.  There’s a growing interest in green and vegetative roofs, although one may not be perfect for […]

By |March 13th, 2007|Categories: Nature|8 Comments

Interview: Steve Glenn – CEO of LivingHomes, by Core77

  I’ve posted about LivingHomes here, here, and here.  Well, Steve Glenn is the company’s CEO and Founder and he has some interesting things to say.  If you’re still unsure about […]

One Bryant Park, Greenest Skyscraper in the World? (S2)

If you’re going to office in what looks to be the greenest skyscraper in the country, you should also have a sustainable business strategy to go along with it.  One Bryant Park, soon to be known as the Bank of America Tower, is the perfect place for a company that just announced a $20B initiative to support environmental lending.  Designed by Cook + Fox Architects and developed by the Durst Organization, One Bryant Park is shooting for LEED Platinum certification.  It’s a 2.1 million sf, 54-story, crystalline office tower located right in midtown Manhattan and is slated for completion in 2008. 

ABC News recently ran an article on some of the more interesting green features of the building.  Interestingly, it will only cost about 1-2% extra (of a total $1.2B) to include all the green additions, but those are expected to be paid for within a 2-4 year window as a result of saved energy expenses.  That’s the business case for green building.  There will be rainwater capture, floor-to-ceiling windows for natural lighting, advanced double wall technology to allow light and block heat, air cleaned of 95% of its particle matter, a floor duct air system controllable in each room or office, three state-of-the-art natural gas fuel cells to create on-site energy, building concrete made of 45% blast furnace slag for stronger construction, and daylight dimming and LED lights for reduced electric usage.  The result:  these green additions have the anticipated benefits of reducing energy consumption by 50%, reducing potable water consumption by 50%, reducing storm water contribution by 95%, and using about 50% recycled materials in construction.  That’s a lighter footprint. 

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By |March 11th, 2007|Categories: LEED, Modern architecture, Modern design, News, Skyscraper|Tags: , |0 Comments

Bank of America's $20B, Green Residential Traction, + Daylight-Savings Tips (WIR)

Bank of America Announces $20 Billion Environmental Initiative – BofA announced a $20 billion initiative to support the growth of environmentally sustainable business activity to address global climate change. Bank of America’s ten-year initiative […]

By |March 10th, 2007|Categories: News, Week in Review|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Small, Modern kitHAUS (F2)

 

This is the K1 from kitHAUS, which is a prefab company based in Van Nuys, California.  The K1 is 289 sf and costs around $59,000.  kitHAUS has a series of […]

By |March 9th, 2007|Categories: Gadgets, Modern architecture, Modern design, Prefab, Solar|Tags: , |0 Comments
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