So I stumbled upon the iT House construction blog and was completely blown away by the documentation they’re posting. It’s an incredible little home that was designed by Taalman Koch for a five-acre lot in the high desert. It’ll be a model home and completely off-grid. There’s an on-site septic tank, 2500 gallon domestic water tank, and eight solar PV panels by Evergreen — and the home is just the right size, too.
Something about this project is just too compelling to not blog about it. Designed by Iosa Ghini Associati for the distant island of Cyprus, the plan calls for four family houses in the residential district in Nicosia. The fluid, organic shape of the project ties each unit together. When complete, Cyprus Full Circle will have a number of green design elements, including low-E glass panels, adjustable solar panels, rainwater capture and recycling, and heating storage for the winter. The external walls also will be treated with photo catalytic concrete, which will transform harmful organic and non-organic matters into harmless compounds. Anti-VOC architecture? Incredible.
Damien Somerset and Nicole Bassett of Shift33 put together this video interview with Leo Marmol, innovator of green prefab. Definitely worth a view. I’ve always been an advocate of green prefab, because I think it’s where the green building revolution is going in the future. What do you think?
Via Marmol Radziner Blog.
I recently received an email from reader Roxanne Nelson about her green transformation of a 1940s cape cod home in St. Paul, Minnesota. When done, it’s going to be a modern green knockout. Roxanne and her husband, Kevin Flynn, both architects, are documenting the transformation at EcoDEEP Haus, which I’ve been following for the past couple weeks. Check it out.
Eco-boutique CityFlats Hotel is a modern spot in Holland, Michigan that expects to get LEED Silver within the next month. When certified, it’ll be one of only a few green hotels in the country, which is weird because hotels focus so much on energy and water efficiency. Some of the bigger hotel companies have announced trendy green hotel brands, but they’re moving slow and in the mean time, we’re seeing eco-boutiques like CityFlats pop up in various locations.
As you can tell from the images, style wasn’t sacrificed for sustainability at CityFlats.