LivingHomes Combines Style + Sustainability

LivingHomes Founder Steve Glenn has knocked the socks off the eco-conscious world with his modern homes that emphasize beauty + environment.  As I’ve been thinking about how I want to blog about this company, I’ve noticed a flurry of posts and press releases regarding this Ray Kappe-designed abode that was just awarded LEED-H Platinum.  It’s such an incredible home, with that undeniable confluence of modern and sustainability.  Hard to beat that.  This is the first residential building to receive the USGBC’s Platinum LEED-H rating and it’s raising the bar for residential construction: zero energy, zero water, zero waste, zero carbon, and zero emissions. LivingHomes received a total of 91 out of a total possible 109 points, to barely skirt past the 90 point threshold required to obtain a Platinum rating.  It will be 80% more efficient than similar sized home and was constructed with 75% less waste than a traditional one.

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By |August 17th, 2006|Categories: LEED, Modern architecture, News, Prefab|Tags: |5 Comments

Mini-Wind Turbines: Case Study on Payback, Breakeven, & Pricing

I recently ran across an article in BuildingGreen.com about a new wind turbine concept. A company based in Monrovia, California, called AeroVironment has created “turbines on a parapet.” These 400-watt turbines are made to be placed in a row, attached to the parapet of a building. The AVX400 turbine, which will be commercially released in the Fall 2006, can come with a canopy—designed to protect birds. To give you an idea of the actual size, the rotors for these fans are 4 feet in diameter and install side-by-side on 6 foot centers.

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By |August 16th, 2006|Categories: Gadgets, Wind|Tags: , |8 Comments

Bamboo, Too

Grist Magazine wrote about being bamboozled, Dwell talked about bamboo in this month’s article, and Green Source mentioned it recently as well.  Quoted in Dwell in reference to a person’s choice of flooring, […]

By |August 14th, 2006|Categories: LEED, Materials|Tags: , |0 Comments

Pearl River Tower, Guangzhou, China

This is the architectural rendering of a building designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; it is planned to be 71 stories, 2.2 million square feet, and have a "net" zero-energy footprint. The building is […]

By |August 13th, 2006|Categories: Modern architecture, Skyscraper, Solar|Tags: , |6 Comments

Tower of (Solar) Power – EnviroMission

A few years ago, my brother sent me an email link to a couple hundred acres of land in the middle of Nowhere, Nevada. Seriously, it was the ugliest land in the world with […]

By |August 9th, 2006|Categories: Gadgets, Solar|Tags: , |2 Comments

Hollywood Green v. Jetson Green

Funny right?! You know it’s true. I saw this happening with “organic” foods early on. Still happens. Words like “organic” and “green” have several meanings, depending on the person using the word. When […]

By |July 23rd, 2006|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |3 Comments
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