Seattle's Olive 8 Gets LEED Silver

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A little over a year ago, we took a look at the green roof planned for Olive 8.  It's massive — one of the largest in the city of Seattle.  Now, the hotel/condo tower in downtown Seattle has been open for several months and officially received LEED Silver certification.  It's one of only twenty other green hotels in the country to receive certification from the USGBC. 

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Modern Green 555YVR in Walnut Creek

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In the California city of Walnut Creek, this stunning green project is nearing completion with occupancy planned for October 2009.  555YVR gets its name from its location — 555 Ygnacio Valley Road, which is conveniently located within walking distance of BART and a number of downtown restaurants and nightclubs.  Thompson | Dorfman Partners developed 55YVR with the architectural help of Kwan Henmi and KTGY Group, and the project was built to LEED standards.  Some of the green aspects include the following:

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Get Kirei with Chocolate Bamboo

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Alright, so it's not exactly brand new — Kirei introduced Chocolate Bamboo back in September 2008 — but it has this deep, sophisticated look and we just haven't had the chance to mention it yet (well, Re-nest jogged our memory).  The dark color is obtained through a secret, dark carbonizing process.  The bamboo is made from sustainably harvested Moso bamboo grass and a low- or no-added urea formaldehyde adhesive to create the panels.  If you're looking for something like this, look up a dealer

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