I was excited to get an email this morning regarding the pilot episode of The Natural House, which is produced by Distant Planet Media. The beginning of the video takes us through the Kelly Woodford Mountain Retreat in Oregon, a home we talked about previously. It’s a net zero energy home, creating as much energy as it uses. The producers were kind enough to allow embedding on this one, so watch and share away!
Squak Mountain Stone is an environmentally friendly slab and tile product company based in Washington State. Their slabs are a unique offering on the green market because of their natural appearance, somewhat similar to limestone or soapstone. Squak is being used in a wide variety of applications including countertops, tabletops, tiling, hearths, signs, and stairways. It is made of 49% post-industrial materials, which include crushed glass, type f coal-fly ash, and 2.5 % post-consumer mixed waste paper, in addition to low carbon cement and iron oxide pigments, making it a great option for LEED credits.
Green Your Business, Lifecycle of a Green Product, Energy-Efficient Dwellings, + James Lovelock (WIR)
- 50 Ways to Green Your Business
- 7 Steps in the Lifecycle of a Green Product
- Kansas Coal-fired Power Plant rejected over carbon dioxide.
- Cement is crucial for growth in booming economies but an enemy of green.
- UA architecture students set out to prove that energy-efficient dwellings need not be expensive.
- Scientist James Lovelock says that global warming is irreversible.
WIRED has an excellent multimedia presentation on instant, transient, or disaster shelters. Many of them are made of common or easily movable transportable objects: flat packs, containers, pallets, etc. Above: Clean Hub by Shelter Architecture; Middle below: DH1 by Gregg Fleishman; Bottom: Pallet House by I-Beam Design. Enjoy!
Watch out! Second-Look is a new product that has the potential to make a splash. I’m still trying to decide how I feel about it, but Buildings Magazine gave it a Grand Prize Product Innovation Award in the Environmental Solutions category. Second-look invested 2 years in R&D to create the first recycling program for vinyl wallcoverings. The company wants your used vinyl wallcoverings and they’ll take old product from any manufacturer. Using old vinyl, they’ve developed three new collections of wallcoverings – Versa, Cirqa, and Plexus – all made of 20-percent recycled vinyl content, including 10-percent post-consumer recycled content. The low-VOC wallcovering produces fewer emissions than paint, uses water-based inks, incorporates a mildew-inhibiting agent, and can be micro-vented for additional breathability. Plus, Second-Look can be used for LEED points. Anyone have thoughts?
In China, there’s a massive exodus from the rural to urban areas, but it’s controlled because the country doesn’t have enough housing for everyone that wants to live in a city. At the same time, urbanization accentuates the air and soil pollution problems. So, Knafo Klimor Architects proposed an agro-housing project that blends agriculture and high-rise housing in one structure. This agro-housing project brings the food-supply directly to the building, and to the extent that residents can realize the benefits of urban farming, there is a decreased reliance on transportation for agricultural products (shopping and delivery to stores). Plus, with the building’s integrated water capture systems, the project has the potential to reduce water consumption and runoff. Residents could make money off the crops, too.
This agro-housing project is going to be built in Wuhan, China. As you can see from the renderings, the building has quite the elaborate labyrinth to control water, air, and heat. Structurally, it will be made with SIPs and a majority of the materials will come from steel, aluminum, and terracotta — all materials that can be recycled at the end of the building’s life. Via Dwell.