Tonight, Michelle Kaufmann announced that her firm will participate in the "smart home: green + wired, Powered by ComEd and Warmed by Peoples Gas" exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry ("MSI") opening May 8, 2008. MKD will exhibit a modern, green prefab on parkland just southeast of MSI. The project has been in the works for a few months, and over the last week, they’ve broken ground and laid the foundation. As rendered above, the full-sized mkSolaire will demonstrate the mk 5 EcoPrinciples: smart design, eco materials, energy efficiency, water conservation, and healthy living.
The Vento Residences has earned North America’s first LEED Platinum* certification for a multi-family residential project. Located in Calgary, Alberta and built for a price of $8 million, this multi-use urban infill project has 20 two-story townhouse suites that are situated above retail space. Interestingly, the development was coming online at the same time as several other developments in the area and sold out quickly at a slight premium in price (compared to the competition). Purchasers identified with the dark green units and bought them up in a heartbeat.
Previously we wrote about High Street Philadelphia, which is a super-green, mixed use community being developed by home(scale). They sent me some new renderings pictured above and below, and the hope is that they’ll be able to see this project to a reality. High Street is aiming for LEED Platinum certification, the highest designation bestowed by the USGBC, and will feature 51 carbon-neutral residential units, 3 commercial units, a cafe and organic grocery, and underground parking.
Units will feature high design and contemporary materials from such brands as Duravit, Hansgroghe, Schiffini, and Fisher Paykel. They will be offered at affordable prices, or "work-force pricing," too. It’s going to be an excellent, net-zero energy development with courtyards, photovoltaic power, solar hot water, LED lighting, efficient systems, green roofs, bio-mass filtration, and access to the Philly CarShare program.
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.
XCR is a wonderful flooring product from the company Expanko. It is made of a mixture of recycled rubber and cork including recycled tires and post-industrial waste. XCR is a colorful, waterproof, durable flooring option. It is also slip-resistant, fire-resistant, and quiet and comfortable to walk and stand on. There are 27 standard colors to choose from including earthy neutrals, jewel tones, and brights and bolds. XCR is available in 24"x24"x1/8" tiles and rolls that are 48" wide in a variety of lengths — a great option for a range of commercial and residential projects. XCR can be expected to last more than 20 years, even in a commercial setting, and when removed, it can be recycled.
It looks like Michelle Kaufmann is extending her successful prefab business into green interior products. Her newly designed website now lists a couple green surface designs that are pretty stunning. In collaboration with Concreteworks, MKD is offering mkPURE, a super-modern sink, and mkISLAND, a modern island/table. Both the mkPURE and mkISLAND come in three finishes: (1) WHITE, made of concrete with fly ash and recycled porcelain, (2) LINEN, made of concrete with rice hull, and (3) GRAY, made of concrete with fly ash and rice hull.
Pricing on the mkPURE starts at $1,950, unless you buy in bulk. Similarly, the mkISLAND starts at $5,250.