Hey everyone, I justed wanted to kick out some shouts…over the weekend, the ole’ blog passed the 10,000 visits mark (page views was a long time ago). Since embarking on this crazy, […]
Friedman has some interesting comments about green buildings and technology. He talks about something he calls "Up, Not Out," and how green cities can attract younger workers. He also wants to re-frame the debates on environmentalism.
This project is funded, in part, by a grant from Portland's Office of Sustainable Development (via funds from a Green Investment Fund partnership). First, the site was home to a famous Portland Bakery, the Helen Bernhard Bakery, so Sakura purchased the property and had the house moved down the street. The house was renovated and looks pretty good. By moving the house, 200 tons of material was diverted from the landfill. The condo will have a 23 kW photovoltaic array that generates roughly 1/3 of Shizen's annual electricity; a biodiesel fueled microturbine will generate the other 2/3 (and enough to heat domestic hot water and space heating); there will be radiant floors in entries and bathrooms; rain that falls on the roof will flow to a 25,000 gallon cistern under the parking level, and that water will be used for toilet and irrigation water; 60% of Shizen's energy savings will be through its high mass, well insulated envelope and high efficiency lights and appliances; double-glazed, argon-filled, triple coated low-e windows will allow light and block solar gain in the summer; and the roof will be a r-38 insulation.
To make life a little easier, there's the GreenSpec Directory, which includes more than 2,100 green product listings. It's a veritable idea bank ($89.90). To give you a taste of what some of the products are, BuildingGreen announced the Top-10 Green Building Products during GreenBuild in November. Here they are.
Recently, Westfield Development announced plans to build the most energy efficient high rise in downtown Denver--actually, it's a $150 million, 22 story, 500,000 square foot, energy-efficient, proposed LEED Silver tower. Westfield Development President Rich McClintock said, "if it is not a sustainable building, it is outdated." I couldn't agree more.
There's an economic case for CFLs. The City of Phoenix is saving about $600,000 a year after replacing traditional lighting with CFLs. Mayor Phil Gordon said the city has replaced about 95% of the city's lights with energy-efficient alternatives (as part of a $1.2 million one-time investment) and is starting to see the rewards. At $600,000 in savings per year, that's a 2 year payback on your investment. This is smart business.