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

BuildingGreen's 2006 Top-10 Green Building Products + GreenSpec Directory

To make life a little easier, there's the GreenSpec Directory, which includes more than 2,100 green product listings. It's a veritable idea bank ($89.90). To give you a taste of what some of the products are, BuildingGreen announced the Top-10 Green Building Products during GreenBuild in November. Here they are.
By |December 6th, 2006|Categories: Gadgets, LEED, Recycled, Wind|Tags: , |2 Comments

Kicking Out the Shouts: 10,000 Visits – Arigatou Gozaimasu

Hey everyone, I justed wanted to kick out some shouts…over the weekend, the ole’ blog passed the 10,000 visits mark (page views was a long time ago).  Since embarking on this crazy, […]

By |December 4th, 2006|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |6 Comments

Skyscraper Sunday: 1800 Larimer LEED Silver Office Tower (Denver)

Recently, Westfield Development announced plans to build the most energy efficient high rise in downtown Denver--actually, it's a $150 million, 22 story, 500,000 square foot, energy-efficient, proposed LEED Silver tower. Westfield Development President Rich McClintock said, "if it is not a sustainable building, it is outdated." I couldn't agree more.
By |December 3rd, 2006|Categories: LEED, Modern architecture, Modern design, Skyscraper|Tags: |1 Comment

Green Economics: City of Phoenix Saving $600k/year Due to Energy-Efficiency Program

There's an economic case for CFLs. The City of Phoenix is saving about $600,000 a year after replacing traditional lighting with CFLs. Mayor Phil Gordon said the city has replaced about 95% of the city's lights with energy-efficient alternatives (as part of a $1.2 million one-time investment) and is starting to see the rewards. At $600,000 in savings per year, that's a 2 year payback on your investment. This is smart business.
By |December 2nd, 2006|Categories: Gadgets|2 Comments

GreenCity Lofts: A Modern Step in the Green Direction

First off, GreenCity Lofts LLC shows us how important it is to have a sleek, professional, informative website for your properties.  In the early stages of construction, word-of-mouth increases and people start […]

By |December 1st, 2006|Categories: Modern architecture, Modern design, Vegetation|Tags: , , |4 Comments
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