Recently, several green roof/wall projects were honored by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. Green Roofs for Healthy Cities established the Green Roof Awards of Excellence in 2003 with an aim to increase general awareness of green roofs and walls and spread awareness of their benefits. This year, seven projects in various categories received Green Roof Awards of Excellence and here they are:
Elmwood Reclaimed Timber is a Missouri based company that reclaims old wood to give it a brand new life. They offer products ranging from stair treads and cabinetry lumber to flooring and beams. They have an incredible range of wood species offered including oak, elm, pine, walnut, redwood and their own special mixes such as "Vermont Moonlight Medley" (shown above).
In her Teardown Diary, Wall Street Journal columnist Nancy Keates forgoes the common practice of demolition and instead opts for "unbuilding." Usually referred to as deconstruction, unbuilding is when you disassemble an old structure piece by piece and salvage the usable parts. Ms. Keates found that the deconstruction of her home will cost about $4,000 more than straight demolition, but costs can vary project to project.
Anna Sova is a Dallas, Texas based company offering organic bedding, towels, paints, and bath and body products. The bedding uses materials such as eco-silk and US-grown organic cottons and usually at least a 600 thread count. Their towels are 100% organic cotton with spa-quality, 900 gsm (grams per square meter). This compares to conventional towels which have 300-400 gsm. Other products include soy candles, aromatherapy, and bath and body products. My favorite offering, however, is their paint, which is made from 99% food grade materials and is VOC free (or as close as is currently possible).
In Portland two brothers, Dustin and Garrett Moon, have been getting some serious attention for their project, The Commons — it could just be the first residence in the nation to meet the standards of the Living Building Challenge. The Living Building Challenge is about getting to something that’s truly sustainable, which is what I think the Moons are going after here. If you look at their plans, The Commons will use green tech that you might not see in other so-called green homes.
I have to admit, I was very skeptical when I first heard about Home Depot’s new, green paint, The Freshaire Choice. I associate large corporations like this, who are not generally known for being environmentally or socially responsible, with a concern for their bottom line, not the earth. Whether or not this is true, Home Depot has made an impressive eco-friendly step with this line of paint.