Bioclimatic Design, Menara Mesiniaga + Ken Yeang (S2)

The Menara Mesiniaga, often referred to as the IBM building, is owned by Mesiniaga, a Malaysian public company in the IT sector that is somehow connected to IBM. The 15 floor, 207 foot, intelligent building was finished in 1992, and interestingly, property values of the land around the building have flourished.
By |November 26th, 2006|Categories: Modern architecture, Modern design, Skyscraper, Solar|Tags: |3 Comments

China to Build 10,000 Eco-Villages + Make People Rich

During the summer, I was able to study businesses in Taiwan, Hong Kong, + China; one particular session with top-level executives at Shui On Land, which is basically the best property […]

By |November 25th, 2006|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

A Simple, Effective PowerCost Monitor

When I lived in Japan, I was always feeling the pinch of electricity bills.  It wasn't because of over-consumption.  Things were just plain expensive.  And luckily, the electricity meter was always near the front door, so I got in the habit of opening the door to check the spin rate on the meter.  After looking at the meter, I'd walk around and unplug things that weren't in use.  Here in the U.S., though, there's no easy access to the meter, especially in the traditional single-family home.  Which is why something like the PowerCost Monitor could come in handy. 

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By |November 24th, 2006|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Gadgets|3 Comments

Central Oregon's First LEED-H Certified Residential Project: Newport District Modern House Project by Abacus GC

Have you ever been to Bend, Oregon?  Bend is smack dab in the middle of the state, it’s Central Oregon, and it’s beautiful.  Central Oregon is not to be confused with the […]

Semantics: Don't Conflate Prefab + Mobile Homes

Prefab.  Prefab.  Prefab.  If you’re interested in the green building movement, you probably get pumped up when the usual rhetoric–green benefits versus money savings versus factory-built convenience versus design premium versus modernize-the-building […]

By |November 21st, 2006|Categories: Modern architecture, Modern design, Prefab|Tags: , , |3 Comments

Modern + Green Big Ass Fans

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.
By |November 20th, 2006|Categories: Modern design|Tags: |1 Comment
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