Design: e2 "Grey to Green" — Rethinking American Construction Waste

Introducing "Grey to Green."  It’s a snippet from the Design: e2 series narrated by Brad Pitt.  We need a paradigm shift in the methods we employ to construct US buildings!  Watch […]

By |September 29th, 2006|Categories: News, Prefab|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Fireman's Fund Insurance Company Makes Green Building Insurance Products Available

Seriously, yet another reason to build green buildings.  The list gets longer and longer.  Lower operating costs, higher resale (appraisal) value, healthier work environment, and better workforce productivity, etc.  Wells Fargo wants to finance green buildings and Hines wants to develop them.  And now, California-based Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company wants to insure them.  This is a smart business strategy.  If you’re going to insure something, why not insure the top quality stuff?  As insurer, you’re dealing with the elite, upper echelon of building developers, operators, and owners.  It’s really a no-brainer…

The company will provide green coverage for commercial buildings certified as environmentally friendly in all 50 states starting in late October 2006.  It’s the first insurance company to do so and will offer three different forms:

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By |September 28th, 2006|Categories: LEED|Tags: |0 Comments

Northern New Jersey Attached Residence + Spa + Tennis Court Gets Sustainable

Translucent, shimmery, membraneous, sustainable. When I saw the look of this tennis court in Architectural Digest, I was blown away…and I don’t even play tennis.  (By the way, October 2006 AD is chock full of […]

By |September 27th, 2006|Categories: Modern architecture, Modern design|Tags: , , |3 Comments

Real Estate Forum Article Interviews Experts + Predicts Future Green Building

There are still some people out there that don’t believe green + sustainable building will last.  In the September edition of Real Estate Forum magazine, there is a lengthy article with reflections and predictions […]

By |September 27th, 2006|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |2 Comments

There's a New Prefab in Town: Michelle Kaufmann Designs + mkSolaire

If you haven’t noticed, there’s a new prefab in town.  But if you’ve been following the modern prefab movement, you’ll recognize this newest installment comes from an experienced architect:  Michelle Kaufann Designs.  MKD is […]

By |September 26th, 2006|Categories: Gadgets, Modern architecture, Modern design, Nature, Prefab, Solar, Wind|Tags: , |1 Comment

Green Building Throwback: Landscaping Common Sense

I was reading an article somewhere that said one could increase a home’s value by planting trees and properly landscaping the grounds.  Ostensibly, there are two reasons for this:  first, trees and landscaping can […]

By |September 25th, 2006|Categories: Vegetation|Tags: |4 Comments
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