GreenTeamTV is on the scene in Bend, Oregon with Cary Martinez, co-founder of Abacus GC, taking a tour through one of the homes in Newport District Modern House Project. We wrote about Abacus GC’s five-house project previously, which is pursuing LEED certification. The video shows the developer’s perspective of trying to build something to suit a lifestyle: lighter footprint, less reliance on automobiles, and healthy, green living. You’ll also see some cool products, such as PaperStone counters, Eco-Terr tiles, wheatboard cabinets, Design Within Reach lights, and Jenn Air Professional Series appliances.
Although memories of elementary school for most of us may evoke images of stuffy classrooms, florescent lights, and playground bullies, students at Chartwell School located in Seaside, CA (near Monterey) are quite proud of their new school campus. That’s because the USGBC recently gave them an A+ in green building. In December, Chartwell students announced that they have the first complete educational campus to be awarded LEED Platinum, which makes them just about the greenest school campus in the country. Congrats also to Sidwell Friends School in Washington DC for their LEED Platinum middle-school building.
Discovery, aka "the number-one nonfiction media company" and recent purchaser of Treehugger, now has legit green digs. LEED-EB stands for LEED Existing Buildings, but the certification standard has recently undergone a renovation to LEED Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance. Up until now, the LEED-EB Platinum certification has been pretty rare, but we’ll see if that changes post-renovation. The Clinton Library got a Platinum and so did the headquarters of both Armstrong and Adobe. So, it looks like Discovery’s 540,000 sf building is in good company. Here’s what they did to get the high distinction:
I just caught wind of an incredible new collection of transparent, glass mosaic tile called LIBERTY. LIBERTY was designed by Giulio Candussio for Trend USA, a company we profiled previously for their Trend Q product. These images are incredible. The hand cut tiles contain a minimum of 50% post industrial recycled content and are available in 12 colors. LIBERTY retails for about $45 psf, which is not bad depending on the use. A wall might be expensive, but an accent will be more reasonable. I’m gonna let the images speak on this one, but if you want more information, LIBERTY will be in tile shops all over the country (visit here or call 866-508-7363 for nearest location).
Your version of the proverbial American Dream may not include a house, dog, and white picket fence, but I’m sure it’s something like that. But what happens to your American Dream when future development policies encourage greater density and vertical construction? Don’t get me wrong. Greater density is a good thing and it alleviates the harmful effects of sprawl. But, at the same time, our vision of the American Dream becomes more and more obsolete. Unless … you see greater density and vertical living as something similar to the above. Designed by Reinier de Jong, MoCo Loco reports on the concept: "Tuin project is a proposal that places a typical two storey dwelling with a garden within a highrise framework in order to keep those who flee towards suburbia in search of space firmly in the city." Why not, right?
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.