I’ve been following the 100k House Project since the beginning and I’m completely sucked into the process. It’s a simple concept: low cost, modern, and green — something all houses should be. Today, they posted all new renderings with James Hardie Vertical Panel siding in various shades of gray. The new renderings present an entirely different look and feel that’s incredible. Chad, I’m giving you major props on this one. Interface Studio Architects is right on with that look. I just wish I could buy one of them!
I just want to take a quick second to plug a good cause and introduce you to Project H Design, if you haven't already heard of it. Project H Design was founded by the talented Emily Pilloton, Managing Editor of Inhabitat, as a charitable organization that supports, inspires, and delivers product design initiatives for Humanity, Habitats, Health, and Happiness. Right now, Project H Design is working on a case study with Hippo Roller.
There’s an excellent article in NY Times on what’s believed to be the first green homeless shelter in the country. It’s an extraordinary $11 M shelter. Homeless shelters usually operate out of an old warehouse or derelict building, but this place, Crossroads, is different. It’s a reality primarily as a result of the tenacity of Wendy Jackson, executive director of the East Oakland Community Project of Alameda County. After seven long years and lots of hard work, Jackson was able to make it happen. The newly finished, modern building accommodates 125 residents.
We featured GreenMobile® last year when we blogged about the Lifecycle Building Challenge winners. GreenMobile® was a winner in the Professional Unbuilt category. Now, mounting success upon success, Michael Berk, creator of the concept, has a prototype in the works to be unveiled in March 2008. Can’t wait to see that! GreenMobile® was awarded $5.8 M from FEMA to further develop the prototype and roughly 80 units are in the pipeline right after that prototype comes through.
Enviro Board is not only a product but a technology. As you can see from the video below, Enviro Board is able to process up to a ton of straw at one time and convert it into a panel product to be used in construction. The process can convert many varieties of waste fibers, such as wheat, rice, rye, barley, oat straws, flax, cane, elephant grass, etc., into low-cost building panels. The award-winning product is non-toxic; resistant to fire, termites, mold, and mildew; earthquake and hurricane stable; and qualifies for LEED points. And it can be used in the construction of virtually any type of structure in various applications.