California School Earns LEED Platinum

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Sacred Heart Schools' new Michael J. Homer Science and Student Life Center in Atherton broke some records recently.  It's the first school to obtain LEED Platinum certification under the LEED for Schools program and the first school in San Mateo County to use fruits and vegetables from an on-site organic garden for food service in the school cafeteria.  It's also designed to use 69% less energy than a typical school and features some incredible green features. 

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By |March 5th, 2010|Educational, LEED|2 Comments

Natural Home Completes Show House

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It's been through several years of remodeling, but the Natural Home Show House is now complete.  The word show house, though, is kind of a misnomer because the project includes two connected homes.  One is on Nevins Street and the other is on Pacific Street in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.  They both have distinct styles and both anticipate receiving Health House and LEED certifications.

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By |March 4th, 2010|LEED, Townhouse|2 Comments

Backyard Box Intros Line of Modern Efficient Accessory Dwelling Units

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Sloan Ritchie, the same developer that brought us the beautiful, green Alley House, just launched a new endeavor called Backyard Box.  As the name indicates, the Seattle-based company helps homeowners add extra space — whether for an office, studio, mother-in-law apartment, or income property — to lots with room and flexible zoning.  Backyard Boxes, commonly referred to as accessory dwelling units, come in three sizes, three finish packages, and have a Smart Box option, which includes some geeky green technology. 

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By |March 2nd, 2010|Modern architecture, Single Family|1 Comment

Green Ideabox Fortino Opens in Oregon

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Ideabox's newest prefab model, the Fortino, is on display at the Portland Home & Garden Show this weekend, so you'll want to check it out if you're in the area.  The Salem-based prefab company teamed up with Crate & Barrel to design the interior and several landscape designers to transform a 50'x100' show space into a contemporary landscape setting.  Jim Russell, president of Ideabox, says it's a complete "living experience" on an urban lot. 

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By |February 26th, 2010|Modern architecture, Prefab, Single Family|1 Comment

The OC Gets a Luxury Platinum Home

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Developer Steve Blanchard set out to build one of the greenest homes in Orange County, and he may just have accomplished that.  In fact, this home, the Costa Mesa Green Home, is the first custom residence in the OC to receive LEED Platinum certification.  Although 5,000 square feet in size, the home exceeds California Energy Code by 40% and isn’t expected to generate an electricity bill outside of standard add-on fees.

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By |February 25th, 2010|LEED, Single Family|15 Comments

Update: Duany Flat Pack Haiti Cabins

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A few weeks ago, we mentioned the strong flat pack prefabs designed by Andrés Duany for Haiti.  That effort is moving forward, and we've been able to catch a photo of a built prototype (see above).  InnoVida Holdings, LLC, manufacturer of the lightweight fiber composite panels used to build the prototype, today announced plans to build a factory near Port-au-Prince and donate 1,000 of these houses to Haiti.  It's a massive endeavor that could lead to the production of 10,000 homes per year and 250 direct jobs in the country. 

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By |February 24th, 2010|Affordable, News|17 Comments