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Clean Technology Tower: Elegant Mix of Biomimicry, Wind Design + Solar Power

Clean Technology Tower If you haven't noticed, Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill have been showing off some seriously green designs since leaving SOM* — this building is another such example.  One of their newest projects, Clean Technology Tower, builds on principles of biomimicry and utilizes technology and building systems to interact with the surrounding environment.  As you'll notice from the renderings below, wind turbines are located at the building's corners to capture wind at its highest velocity as it accelerates around the building.  The number of turbines in the structure increases as you climb up towards the apex, where there's a veritable wind farm!  Also at the top of the skyscraper, where winds are at a maximum, is a domed double roof cavity that captures air for the wind farm.  The dome itself is also clad in photovoltaic cells that harness the sun's energy.

Located near public and private transportation, Clean Technology Tower will house roughly 1.8 million sf of office and 300k sf of hotel space.  Although I'm not sure of the green skyscraper's precise location, Smith + Gill promises unparalleled views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River from the dome atrium.  Imagine working in a building where you can take the elevator to the top, watch the turbines whirl away, and see the entire city.  It doesn't get much better than that. 

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Many Moons Design, Reclaimed Handcrafted Furniture

Many Moons Design Furniture

Many Moons Design is a small, craftsmanship-based company in Lexington, Kentucky.  They salvage wood and other materials to make beautiful furniture with designs ranging from rustic to modern.  They also use a beautiful selection of woods, including colored woods, walnut and white oak.  Some of the wood even comes from famous landmarks such as the Jim Beam distillery in Louisville, Kentucky.  Pretty neat! 

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Viesso – Speedy, Custom Green Furniture Options

Viesso Chairs

Viesso, a Santa Monica based company, makes custom green furniture that’s ready to ship in three weeks.  All furniture is made right in Los Angeles.  They offer 17 couch and sectional shapes and 9 armchairs in a practically endless variety of fabrics.  You then also have the choice of leg shape and cushion interior materials, spring type, etc., and you can build and price out your exact piece on their website.

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Planet Reuse, Sourcing and Selling Green Materials

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Have recycled or reusable materials to sell?  Looking for recycled or reusable materials?  Need materials that contribute towards LEED MR credits?  Well, starting on or about March 17, you’re going to have a pretty nice looking resource to tap in the form of Planet Reuse.  Planet Reuse "aims to divert existing products and materials from landfills, create less waste and use of virgin materials entering the waste stream, and create a solution for designers, homeowners, architects and builders seeking to design, create, and use more environmentally responsible practices.

People that have materials can go to the website and create listing to sell the product.  Buyers can then search for materials by location and various other categories.  After Planet Reuse attracts critical mass and community participation, it’ll be a killer resource for LEED APs.  Great idea, Planet Reuse!

Emeco, a Classic in Eco Furniture Design

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Emeco* designs are simple, elegant, timeless, and award-winning, but did you know that their furniture is also super green?  Emeco furniture is hand-made from 80% recycled aluminum — half of which is post-consumer (soft drink cans) and the other half is post-industrial (manufacturing scrap).  Because of this, their furniture can contribute to LEED points in your green project (MR 4.2/5.1). 

The second thing that makes Emeco’s furniture so green is that their pieces are made to last for at least 150 years!  In this day of disposable furniture that lasts for maybe a decade, 150 years is an impressive lifespan.  Emeco’s designs come in two standard finishes, brushed and polished. 

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Bear Creek – Recycled Glass, Sinks and Lighting

Sinkclassictest Sink Splash

There are not a lot of choices out there for eco-lighting or eco-sinks, but Bear Creek Glass is one nice option.  Bear Creek Glass is an artisan company that creates beautiful, artful glass sinks and lighting.  Half of their products are made from 100% recycled glass and the others are made partially of recycled glass.  Styles range from traditional and antique to simple and modern. 

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