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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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