It looks like Michelle Kaufmann is extending her successful prefab business into green interior products. Her newly designed website now lists a couple green surface designs that are pretty stunning. In collaboration with Concreteworks, MKD is offering mkPURE, a super-modern sink, and mkISLAND, a modern island/table. Both the mkPURE and mkISLAND come in three finishes: (1) WHITE, made of concrete with fly ash and recycled porcelain, (2) LINEN, made of concrete with rice hull, and (3) GRAY, made of concrete with fly ash and rice hull.
Pricing on the mkPURE starts at $1,950, unless you buy in bulk. Similarly, the mkISLAND starts at $5,250.
I mentioned Nanosolar back in August because I found an excellent video about the company — they’re poised to dramatically flip this solar industry inside out. Today comes news that they shipped their first product and received an actual revenue check. This is a big deal. Thin film solar is incredible because it can be used more flexibly and produced at a much lower cost.
Their powersheet product was recognized by Popular Science as 2007 Innovation of the Year. Now that the product is a reality, we’re going to see some craziness. They’ve accomplished a slew of world’s firsts (below) and decided to auction off an early batch of product on eBay. Unfortunately, that’s all you’re likely to get because they’re sold out for the next 12 months! Better start your orders now.
Lee Industries, a high quality, custom furniture company has introduced an impressive eco line: naturalLEE. The beauty of Lee has always been that you can choose one of their fabrics and one of their furniture designs and have a custom piece made to fit your style. Now, with naturalLEE, you can still choose any one of their furniture design and they will make it naturally!
The original website for this house by Architekt Kuczia is not in english, so here’s a quick synopsis of some of the details: "The construction costs of this simple house were low and the lifecycle costs will be reduced. The built form is designed to optimize the absorbance of solar energy. 80% of the building envelope is directed towards the sun. “Black box”, a three storey structure clad with dark fibre cement panels, is warmed by the sun and offers a view on the lake." Notice the living roof? Via WAN.
Green buildings, with their natural light and excellent indoor air quality, have the potential to make a big difference in the healthcare industry. At some point, there’s going to be the world’s first LEED Platinum healthcare facility in the world and Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas just might be the location to do it. The 32-acre, $200 M project is on schedule to take LEED Platinum, if everything goes as planned. The pictures are magnificent and we here at Jetson Green think it would be great if no one ever had to go inside! TBG Partners was kind enough to provide photos of the work they’re doing on the project, which includes site planning, sustainable design, and landscape architectural services.