Skyscraper Sunday: Hearst Tower Goes LEED Gold

The handsome Hearst Tower skyscraper achieved LEED Gold accreditation from the USGBC–it’s the first to be recognized as such in New York City.  The building architect is the famous Norman Foster, and this is […]

By |October 1st, 2006|Categories: LEED, Modern architecture, Modern design, Skyscraper|2 Comments

September Green: Kicking Out the Shouts

I can hardly believe another month of blogging has gone by, but it has.  I have links on my right sidebar of many blogs that I read, but I also receive significant stops from […]

By |September 30th, 2006|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Ketchum, Idaho Contemporary Residence with a Lighter Shade of Green

There was a home in Architectural Digest that really caught my eye.  Maybe it’s because the Roger Wade images perfectly captured how the house blends into the hilly landscape of Ketchum, Idaho.  I don’t […]

By |September 30th, 2006|Categories: Modern architecture, Modern design, Vegetation|Tags: |0 Comments

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
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