Today, actually within the last couple hours, Brad Pitt announced more specific plans and designs for his Make It Right NOLA project. Last night, I was looking at their website, but it didn’t have any new announcements. Today, their site is redesigned with all sorts of information. More information to come later tonight, but make sure to sponsor a home and check out the Pink Project. Also, check out this N.Y.Times story on the announcement.
You’ve probably heard of the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company … their houses have been featured in Time, Domino, USA Today, and the New York Times, to name a few publications. The home pictured above is different from their other homes, which have that traditional, A-frame-esque shape. All Tumbleweed homes are sufficiently small, but this home is modern. It’s 400 sf of green modern. The Z-Glass House is a stationary house, meant to be affixed to a foundation. You buy the plans and find a contractor to build it for you (with costs ranging in the $100 – $200 psf range). Or you can build it yourself. Check the layout, too. Such a great looking home, with a kitchen, bedroom, living room, and bathroom, what else do you need? Add a little solar on the roof, or maybe even a Skystream, and call it done.
Recently, Former President Bill Clinton announced a joint partnership of the Clinton Climate Initiative and the City of Chicago that will give the 1,450 feet tall building a green makeover. Through the partnership, the Chicago landmark will be retrofitted, making it more cost-effective and energy efficient. The project is part of Clinton’s message: going green can save some green. He said, “This is not a big bottle of castor oil we have to drink. This is the greatest economic opportunity that our country has had to mobilize and democratize since we mobilized from World War II." Clinton also predicts that in the next 18 months, there will be a race to build structures that produce energy instead of consuming it. The move from energy-consuming buildings to energy-producing buildings is intended, at least in part, to wean the country of its coal addiction. Let’s hope this momentum continues beyond 18 months, too. Via Equity Green + Medill.
(S2) = Skyscraper Sunday, a weekly article on green skyscrapers.
This is The Zody Chair by Haworth. It’s an incredible chair. Best chair I’ve ever used. It gives you this feeling that’s hard to explain. It’s kind of like when you get a new pair of shoes at the age of 8 or 9. Those shoes make you run faster, jump higher, and do more. Well, this chair is that for business people. It helps you do more when you’re doing a lot of sitting around. I feel different in this jet black, super modern, eco-friendly, award-winning chair.
Today’s that big shopping day with all the crowds: it’s Black Friday. If you’re in the market for a quality gift, I honestly think you should just ring in an order for one of these and call your Christmas shopping done. I’m serious. I recently toured the offices of a green renovation and they had a room full of Zody chairs. When they were looking for chairs, they felt the Zody chair was superior in green benefits and had a reasonable price.
Cascade Built recently finished construction on Jackson Place Townhomes, a two-unit, urban infill project built to LEED Silver certification (currently only registered). As you can tell, it has that undeniable modern appeal, which is stylishly intertwined with green construction and design. For $485,000, you could walk away with one of these 2 bedroom, 1.75 bath, 1260 sf townhomes. Good design is a like a square footage multiplier — the better the design, the smaller your space requirements.
You may have heard about a huge mall, entertainment, tourist project in central New York called Destiny USA. It’s quite the scheme that’s been in planning for many years. I just caught news of some of their phase I and II plans for green building and energy. For the 1.3 million sf Phase I, they retained Tangarie Energy to place sixteen, 5 kW drill-bit shaped wind turbines in the parking lot, which will produce roughly 64,000 – 84,000 kW hours of clean energy. They also want to be 100% fossil fuel free and energy efficient, so we’ll probably hear more specific details in the future. The turbines are designed to work well in lower wind speeds and should provide about 30% of their energy needs.
Phase II will start in 2009. For that, they’re planning a 1,300+ key hotel tower and conference facility, which will be built to LEED Platinum certification. The unique looking hotel project, shaped almost like blades of grass, will generate electricity from its solar panel facade and hydro-electric turbines (using rainwater collected on the roof). Once finished in 2012, it is planned to be the tallest building in upstate New York.