- Financing Home 2.0.
- LEED certification is a hot topic for builders.
- A new model for green design.
- High performance wall systems may be coming soon.
- ASHRAE increases roof/wall R-value for first time in 19 years.
- Green building buzz at Davos World Economic Forum.
- Global 100 most sustainable corporations in the world.
*WIR = Week in Review; a Saturday showcase of excellent links.
PowerHouse Enterprises is persistently chasing that sweet trifecta of style, economics, and sustainability. This house here, built in Lawrence, Massachusetts, is en route to get LEED Platinum certification. Says Quincy Vale, founder and President of PowerHouse: "Overall, green is good, but the things that work are health and money. Unless homeowners save money from their investment, I'm not sure it's going to sell." I think he's hitting it right on the head with that statement.
Just a quick little post on the new headquarters for Swatch Group Japan in the heart of Tokyo’s Ginza District. The building was designed by Shigeru Ban and houses seven of Swatch’s luxury brands on each of the first seven floors. Floors eight through thirteen are used as office space and the top floor as an event area. You’ll notice the interior green wall, which, as Jean Snow describes it, has "so much greenery that you almost feel as if you’ve stepped into an urban oasis." I think this represents another example of greenery permeating all aspects of design, both inside and out.
Gas Design Group designed this overlay facade, "Topiade", for an already existing Louis Vuitton store. I think the name "Topiade" comes from a combo of the terms topiary and facade, which is pretty creative, if you ask me. The idea of taking wild greenery and applying design and creativity through topiary is something I’ve seen personally in both Japan and Taiwan. It appears to be popular in France, as well. So when applied to the vertical context, the environmentalists get excited. We like green roofs, living walls, and natural buildings.
Whether you are looking for organic fabric for upholstery, curtains, or a headboard, it is definitely a challenge to find. You would think that by now there would be plenty of companies to choose from with selections similar to regular fabric, but there aren’t. Pick Hemp, founded in the early 1990′s, has one of the best collections of eco-friendly fabrics on the market. They offer a range of materials including hemp, silk blends, organic cotton, and soybean and bamboo. Pricing is incredibly reasonable compared to the other options on the market with a range from $4 – $14 /yard.