Natural Home + 2 Eco-Smart Townhouses: A Project in Green Renovation (Brooklyn)

The building won't be torn down, it will be renovated. The interior will use IceStone recycled counters (C2C), salvaged wood or bamboo flooring, and Kirei board cabinets. Finishes will be with low or no-VOC water-based poly (American Pride). The house will be wired with solar energy via photovoltaic panels. Also, there will be a solar-thermal and gas-fired system to heat and cool the place. In addition, the developers will use the Health House criteria (regarding moisture + humidity control, energy efficiency, and air filtration + ventilation) to guide them in making the indoor air quality top notch. This should be an interesting project to follow throughout 2007.
By |December 12th, 2006|Categories: Modern architecture, Solar|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Top 20 No- or Low-Cost Green Building Strategies

One aspect of green building that gets overlooked is financial independence. For instance, a commercial business may make an investment in solar power (provided incentives and rebates make it economically feasible) to stabilize electricity bills and hedge against future electricity cost increases. Another example is the principle of waste reduction in green building. Did you know that building green often costs the same or just a little bit more than standard code-built homes? And did you know that even then, green homes will require less money going forward than standard code-built homes?
By |December 11th, 2006|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Gadgets, Lists, Materials, Water Efficiency|Tags: |1 Comment

BusinessWeek's Best Ideas 2006: "Green [Building] is Good"

I’m a big-time reader–anything good I can get my hands on.  But, I’m picky.  So I take time to read BusinessWeek (BW) every week, and I can’t remember the last time they DIDN’T mention […]

By |December 11th, 2006|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |1 Comment

S2: Charlotte's Green Wachovia Tower by TVS Architects

Here on Jetson Green, there’s a tradition where I focus on a green skyscraper of notable interest.  This weekly column is called Skyscraper Sunday (click to see archives).  Last week, TVS Architects unveiled the […]

By |December 10th, 2006|Categories: LEED, Modern architecture, Modern design, Nature, Skyscraper|Tags: |2 Comments

LEED-H New Urban Home by David Baker + Partners at Blue Star Corner

The developer, Holliday Development, and DBP hope to achieve LEED for Homes certification on this project. Here's some of what they're going to do: will use recycled and non-toxic building materials, non-endangered woods, galvanized metal, bamboo flooring, and environmentally-fabricated CaesarStone quartz countertops; will try to source materials locally as much as possible (keeps money in local economy + eliminates the transportation/gas premium); open spaces will feature sustainable landscaping by Conger Moss Guillard Landscape; appliances will be energy-efficient with Duravit, Kohler, and Bosch brands; and much more.
By |December 9th, 2006|Categories: LEED, Modern architecture, Modern design, Recycled|Tags: , |2 Comments

Tom Friedman Q+A Article: Land Use + Green Development Commentary

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.
By |December 8th, 2006|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

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