The Cromley Lofts in Alexandria, Virginia have earned a Gold level certification making them the first condos in Virginia to become LEED certified. These 8 beautiful units are located in The Old Town area of Alexandria in a vintage warehouse building circa 1910 — a fitting example of the environmental benefits of adaptive reuse.
The Chicago FBI Headquarters has become the world’s first LEED EBOM project to earn Platinum level certification. Under the prior iteration for certifying existing buildings, what we refer to as LEED-EB, approximately 14 projects received LEED Platinum; however, FBI Chicago Headquarters is the first to receive the USGBC’s highest level of certification under LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (EBOM). To date, though, only about six projects have been certified under EBOM since its inception in early 2008.
If you liked our article on 34 Stunning LEED Platinum Projects, you'll probably like this one, too. As with the other, this is a retrospective on the past year. We've seen some awesome green homes and are constantly inspired: So much creativity, innovation, and style! That said, unless you're living in a cave, you'll probably note that most websites are looking back — it's a tradition this time of year. For intance, the Wall Street Journal showcased a list of what they call A Decade's Most Remarkable Homes. Michelle Kaufmann contributed thoughts to WSJ for their article and then decided to create her very own list of Top 10 Housing Designs from the Past Decade. We're keeping our list limited to built homes shown on this site in 2008:
When we last brought news of BrightBuilt Barn in September, it was only partially constructed. Now it's all built and looks quite good. Its trademark feature is the exterior LED lightskirt, which was designed to change color depending on the home's energy use. GREEN means the BrightBuilt Barn is generating more energy than it consumes; YELLOW indicates a borderline condition; and RED means the energy usage is higher than required to meet the yearly net energy goal. And like the lightskirt, everything about this home has been planned with meticulous care to create a livable, sustainable, replicable, flexible, and educational net-zero energy home.
Copeland Casati, founder of Green Modern Kits and Green Cottage Kits, just sent over a link to her newly launched website for Green Cabin Kits. They have two designs that are customizable: CornerHouse (top 3 renderings) and The Dogtrot Mod (bottom 3 renderings). They’re quite slick, aren’t they? CornerHouse is an expandable design that’s versatile enough for urban infill or some rural location in the middle of nowhere. You choose. The Dogtrot Mod is also expandable but a little different. It features an open court in the middle to ventilate and separate the living spaces. Both kits were designed to accomodate rainwater collection and solar power generation.
The founders of Noble Home, based in West Somerville, Massachusetts, saw first-hand the manner with which homes were being constructed in the United States — big, cheap, toxic, and out of the price range of many families. So, they set out to create a new way. Their home kits are versatile, easy to put together, sustainable, affordable, and healthy. They offer elements such as greenhouses, root cellars, water collection, solar, wind, and even human-powered energy!