Officially, this is the third post in a mini-segment here at Jetson Green called the “Green Office.” First I talked about getting set up with a Think chair, and then I mentioned the […]
Then it dawned on me that the place wasn't as musty as it usually was and that was a result of the wonderful "Big Ass Fan." Seriously, the Big Ass Fan is hard to miss, but it made jumping on that treadmill a dream. From what I understand, if you do the math, this large, ten-blade oscillator can reduce heating + cooling costs (to $.05 /hour). Here's the concept: the large blades, when combined with lower rotation speeds produce a massive, but gentle, breeze to keep the air cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
OPPENheim Architecture + Design just received unanimous approval for a 25 story, 380 foot tall, green tower for Miami's Design District (4025 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33137). It's called COR and construction will start July 2007. Chad Oppenheim designed COR with the assistance of energy consultant Buro Happold + engineer Ysrael Seinuk. As you can see by looking closely at the pictures, the facade incorporates wind turbines near the top and provides numerous environmental benefits. In addition to wind turbines, this mixed-use, commercial/residential tower will use also photovoltaic panels and solar hot water generation.
SF is putting on a major campaign to be the greenest city in the United States and there's a new green website to support the cause. www.letsgreenthiscity.com. Simultaneous to the roll-out of the website, letsgreenthiscity placed a total of nine couches throughout the city in various places (City Hall, Alamo Square, Ferry Building, Justin Herman Plaza, in the Castro, etc.). People, including Mayor Newsom, were provided the opportunity to get their picture taken on the couch, have it printed with soy-based ink, and frame it in recycled cardboard. The entire deal is being sponsored by Pacific Gas + Electric Company (PG+E) and ReadyMade Magazine.
The Steelcase Answer panel workstation is the first C2C Certified powered workstation for the contract furniture industry. First, Answer uses responsible materials. Workstation components consist of panels, wood work surfaces, overhead storage and floor-based storage. There is absolutely no PVC used in its construction. Second, Cradle to Cradle certification requires product design that contemplates what happens when the product is not longer useful for its intended purpose. There's a focus on being able to recycle or safely compost the materials. Adhesives are eliminated, where possible, and recyclable parts are clearly marked. This is a big deal considering Answer is one of the best selling systems products in the world.
Today's green project, aka 53 Standish Street, is the first LEED-H Certified (for homes) project in Massachusetts and the first multi-unit building (up to 4 units) in the country that meets USGBC standards for sustainable design and construction. In addition, it was Energy Star Certified due receiving a 93.3 Home Energy Rating Score (100 point scale) for incorporating energy saving products and technologies. It was designed by Tony Butler of AB Architects and the general contractor was Aedi Construction LLC.