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Pacific Garden Mission Combines Benefits of Green Roofing, Solar Thermal

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The Pacific Garden Mission has been a steadfast anchor in the Chicago community since 1877.  The Mission has served as a safe-haven for homeless men and women, offering nourishment for both body and soul.  Today, the Mission continues it's work in a newly constructed 156,000 square foot facility.  It was designed by Tigerman McCurry Architects to obtain LEED Silver certification and includes 100 solar-thermal panels, green roof with native vegetation, low flow water fixtures, locally sourced materials, and recycled construction waste.  The solar panels were donated by the City of Chicago's Renewable Energy Program, which all together, over $245,000 in clean energy grants were donated by the City of Chicago.

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New American Greenish Home 2009

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As the world descends upon Las Vegas for IBS 2009, undoubtedly, many will be walking through a stylish and posh idea house designed for the show.  The New American Home is a running tradition and every year brings another one.  I guess you could say it's a real life exhibition of the latest and greatest trends in home design.  This year, as mentioned by BusinessWeek earlier, the trends include indoor/outdoor living, basement inclusion, the home office, wireless technology, less ostentation, and having a green badge of honor.  The New American Home 2009 is claimed to be net-zero energy (based on the combined efforts of super efficiency and on-site power generation), and is definitely technologically advanced.  Let's look further …

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Levine Modern Green Home Renovation

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It's Friday, so why not take some time to enjoy a unique, green renovation.  This home used to be an old, stucco box, but you'd hardly know it just by looking.  Mr. Jeremy Levine gutted the whole place and gave the home a new lease on life.  The interior of this North Eagle Rock renovation drowns in natural light because of the open layout and heavy use of windows.  Also, the home has been outfitted with beautiful recycled red wood sliding sun screens, a passive thermal rock wall, solar PV system, rain water collection system, grey water recycling, concrete counters made with 50% fly ash, and the recycled wood ceiling, etc. 

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Tahoma Eco-Luxury Utah Townhouses

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Some of you may be in Park City for the Sundance Film Festival this week, and while you're in town, you might want to go check out some green projects.  Probably the greenest building in Utah is located near Kimball Junction — Swaner EcoCenter — it's a must tour facility and nature preserve.  Another project worth checking out, and maybe worth buying, is a three townhouse community called Tahoma.  With Tahoma, a local developer took a dive into green development waters and ended up achieving the first Built Green Utah certified residential development in Park City.  Tahoma was developed by Baker Street Properties, and based upon my communications with the developer, they're ready to build even greener for future projects. 

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Kohler LivingHome Announced as Idea House for TED 2009

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The good news for prefab keeps coming.  We just received word that the very first KieranTimberlake LivingHome, you know, the one being assembled over the next four days for IBS 2009, will make a second stop in Long Beach, California for TED 2009.  That's right, a prefab is going to be front and center at TED for the world's most influential thinkers.  So after a brief stint at IBS, KT1.5 will be transported to Long Beach, where it will become the Kohler LivingHome from February 3-7, 2009.  The home will feature the latest thinking in green design, and I'm sure it will add fire to this smoldering revolution in home design and construction.  LivingHomes CEO Steve Glenn will introduce the Idea House, and after TED, it will stay on display from February 8-20.  After that, apparently, the home will be sold to the first buyer that's ready to put it on some land. 

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Modern EcoDEEP Haus Now Complete!

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If you know us, you know we like to introduce cutting edge projects, even in the rendering stage.  But we also like to follow up on completion, too, and there's nothing better than seeing a finished project.  Take for instance this 1940s Cape Cod home in St. Paul that was converted into a modern, green home.  We mentioned it back in April of last year and now look at it.  It's ultra stylish and so green!  EcoDEEP is using the home as their offices, too, so potential clients get to see and experience first-hand what a green home feels like.  

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