I used to drive by Buzz Lofts all the time and check out the construction progress. It's a modern, green, and affordable condo-loft community immediately south of downtown Dallas. The development is in what you may call an up and coming neighborhood, but the location is great: near the DART rail and all those downtown jobs. Buzz has been popular, too, with most units nearly sold out.
Eight houses were chosen for Architectural Record’s special, web-exclusive list of Unbuilt Houses. They’re all green. If you take a look, you might notice something familiar. You’ve probably seen many of them before. Five of the eight homes have been featured on Jetson Green previously (links below). I guess that means we’re doing something right (and fast), too. My favorite would have to be Adjaye Associates’ design for the Make It Right Project in New Orleans.
- Make It Right, Adjaye Associates
- Pasadena EcoHouse, Studio RMA
- Smart Home: Green + Wired, Michelle Kaufmann Designs
- Sycamore House, Kovac Architects
- ZeroHouse, Specht Harpman
- San Vicente Residence, Pugh + Scarpa
- Swell House, Studio ST Architects and Z-A
- Cradle to Cradle (C2C) Home, Coates Design Associates
We talked about renderings and plans for the Holy Cross Project back in August last year, but it’s now becoming a reality. The first home is finished and Global Green plans to open it to the public this coming May. When finished, the entire project will have four more homes and a 18-unit apartment complex — all of it low-income and green, too. Global Green is shooting for LEED Platinum on everything and expects homes to use 75% less energy than a similar, typical building.
Nau is a budding clothing products company that is committed to sustainability and social awareness in various facets of its business. They build very cool stores (pictured above) and build them green. I noticed their website has some info on LEED certification, and just had to use their conversation as a partial vehicle to continue to discuss the green building certification system. Here’s what they said:
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.