Top 20 No- or Low-Cost Green Building Strategies

One aspect of green building that gets overlooked is financial independence. For instance, a commercial business may make an investment in solar power (provided incentives and rebates make it economically feasible) to stabilize electricity bills and hedge against future electricity cost increases. Another example is the principle of waste reduction in green building. Did you know that building green often costs the same or just a little bit more than standard code-built homes? And did you know that even then, green homes will require less money going forward than standard code-built homes?
By |December 11th, 2006|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Gadgets, Lists, Materials, Water Efficiency|Tags: |1 Comment

BusinessWeek's Best Ideas 2006: "Green [Building] is Good"

I’m a big-time reader–anything good I can get my hands on.  But, I’m picky.  So I take time to read BusinessWeek (BW) every week, and I can’t remember the last time they DIDN’T mention […]

By |December 11th, 2006|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |1 Comment

S2: Charlotte's Green Wachovia Tower by TVS Architects

Here on Jetson Green, there’s a tradition where I focus on a green skyscraper of notable interest.  This weekly column is called Skyscraper Sunday (click to see archives).  Last week, TVS Architects unveiled the […]

By |December 10th, 2006|Categories: LEED, Modern architecture, Modern design, Nature, Skyscraper|Tags: |2 Comments

LEED-H New Urban Home by David Baker + Partners at Blue Star Corner

The developer, Holliday Development, and DBP hope to achieve LEED for Homes certification on this project. Here's some of what they're going to do: will use recycled and non-toxic building materials, non-endangered woods, galvanized metal, bamboo flooring, and environmentally-fabricated CaesarStone quartz countertops; will try to source materials locally as much as possible (keeps money in local economy + eliminates the transportation/gas premium); open spaces will feature sustainable landscaping by Conger Moss Guillard Landscape; appliances will be energy-efficient with Duravit, Kohler, and Bosch brands; and much more.
By |December 9th, 2006|Categories: LEED, Modern architecture, Modern design, Recycled|Tags: , |2 Comments

Tom Friedman Q+A Article: Land Use + Green Development Commentary

Friedman has some interesting comments about green buildings and technology. He talks about something he calls "Up, Not Out," and how green cities can attract younger workers. He also wants to re-frame the debates on environmentalism.
By |December 8th, 2006|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Shizen Urban Design Condominium: A Net Zero Energy Project

This project is funded, in part, by a grant from Portland's Office of Sustainable Development (via funds from a Green Investment Fund partnership). First, the site was home to a famous Portland Bakery, the Helen Bernhard Bakery, so Sakura purchased the property and had the house moved down the street. The house was renovated and looks pretty good. By moving the house, 200 tons of material was diverted from the landfill. The condo will have a 23 kW photovoltaic array that generates roughly 1/3 of Shizen's annual electricity; a biodiesel fueled microturbine will generate the other 2/3 (and enough to heat domestic hot water and space heating); there will be radiant floors in entries and bathrooms; rain that falls on the roof will flow to a 25,000 gallon cistern under the parking level, and that water will be used for toilet and irrigation water; 60% of Shizen's energy savings will be through its high mass, well insulated envelope and high efficiency lights and appliances; double-glazed, argon-filled, triple coated low-e windows will allow light and block solar gain in the summer; and the roof will be a r-38 insulation.
By |December 7th, 2006|Categories: Condo, Gadgets, Modern design, Solar|Tags: , , |3 Comments
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