Green Builders, Carbon Neutral California, Green Productivity, + Real Estate Economics (WIR)

Builders return to class for lessons in ‘green.’ California energy regulators adopted a target that all homes built after 2020 produce at least as much energy as they consume. Going green […]

By |November 17th, 2007|Categories: Multifamily, News, Week in Review|Tags: |0 Comments

$90 Billion or $300 Per Person [Editorial]

With the price of oil at $95 a barrel, economists estimate that U.S. households will spend an additional $90 billion on costlier gasoline.   Estimating our population at 300 million, that’s an average of $300 per person.   Between my wife and I, that means we’re giving up $600 of our economic pie to the recently increased cost of transportation, on average.


By |November 16th, 2007|Categories: Conservation, Energy Efficiency, Land Use, News|Tags: , , |0 Comments

[Video] Anatomy of a Green Renovation

If you have time, you can sit through all ten of these episodes and really soak in some excellent information.  In Dwell’s first web video series, Building Green in Harlem, the modern magazine […]

By |November 16th, 2007|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Materials, Modern architecture, Modern design|Tags: , |0 Comments

100k House, Trifecta of Modern, Green, Affordable

Overnight, Postgreen announced its first development project in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia.  It will be a small project with two small, two-bedroom homes that will be modern, green, and affordable, a […]

By |November 15th, 2007|Categories: Energy Efficiency, LEED, Modern architecture, Single Family|Tags: , |3 Comments

ASAP House, Northeastern Net Zero Energy Home

This is the ASAP House, a House About Saving A Planet designed by Laszlo Kiss.  Like many green designs generated these days, this home will be a net zero energy home — it will produce as much energy as it uses over a certain period of time.  To do that, the home will have good insulation, Energy Star lighting fixtures, a 10 kW photovoltaic array, and a geothermal heating and cooling system.  Currently, a prototype ASAP House is being built for Sag Harbor, New York.  Just last month, the factory was moving along well on three modules that will end up completing the home. 

The ASAP house will cost roughly $250-265 psf, depending on site conditions, and is being designed with LEED certification in the works.  It is anticipated that the finished home will be about 2,500 sf, with 4 bedrooms, and 2.5 bathrooms.  It’ll be fun to follow the blog progress and see the finished product.  At that point, we’ll officially have one more prefab contender, and more particularly, one that can service the Northeast! 


By |November 15th, 2007|Categories: Energy Efficiency, LEED, Modern architecture, Prefab, Single Family, Solar|Tags: |0 Comments

Clinton Library Goes Platinum

Back in 2004, the William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum received LEED Silver certification as a newly constructed green building.  Recently, though, they went back to the drawing table and brainstormed ways to make the building greener.  After beefing up the green cleaning and recycling programs and purchasing RECs for the energy use they couldn't reduce through conservation and efficiency, they've been able to make some major improvements.  Today, a press release was issued recognizing the Clinton Library for receiving LEED-EB Platinum certification, which is quite the accomplishment.  Congrats, Mr. Clinton.


By |November 14th, 2007|Categories: LEED, Nature|Tags: |0 Comments

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