Time Equities, Inc. just broke ground on 50 West Street, Manhattan’s newest green condo and hotel skyscraper. Designed by influential architect Helmut Jahn, the $600 million, 580,000 sf mixed-use eco-tower is shooting for LEED Gold certification upon completion in 2011. As a result, the 65-story tower will incorporate a host of green features and measures, including a green roof, water-efficient fixtures, automated blinds and energy control systems, recycling of demolition materials, use of sustainable and rapidly renewable materials, and an energy-efficient glass facade to filter in daylight and filter out UV rays.
Just recently, I noticed news that One Waterfront Place in the River District of Portland has received Platinum precertification under the LEED-CS program. One Waterfront Place is said to be the first Platinum precertified project on the West Coast and the first precertified project of any level in Oregon. And, as you can tell with the above rendering, the $100 million, 270,000 sf commercial office building has a posh location right near the river. The Class A+ building will have a host of green amenities:
Back in January of this year, I posted an article about the stylish, affordable GreenMobile® design by Mississippi State University Professor Michael Berk. Since that time, I’ve received countless emails and a few comments (aside: why do readers email rather than comment?) asking when the GreenMobile® would be available for purchase. So I’ve come to realize that people, including myself, really want to buy a GreenMobile. I mean, it’s kind of cool. The demand for affordable, modern living is really quite incredible (see: 100k House, e-House, Make It Right, etc). But the long and short is, I emailed Professor Berk and he was nice enough to extensively respond via the below email, which I’ve edited slightly for formatting.
I keep an eye on things in the UK because, for some reason, I have this feeling that they’re focusing more on sustainability than we are. I mean, they’re not necessarily talking about green this or green that, they’re talking about lifecycle of materials and carbon emissions. This super luxury eco-home, for instance, was designed with lifecycle in mind. Designed by ZedFactory, the, ahem, 7535 sf home has received Bath (UK) planning permission and should be complete within about a year. It will feature efficient insulation, solar orientation, thermal mass, and earth sheltering to minimize energy consumption.
Green Key pointed us to The Leapfrog House website, which has a rendering of this house located at 541 SW Maplecrest Court in Portland, Oregon. The home is what might be termed "LEED Platinum Plus" in that the home’s developer is going after more than points. The developer is trying to "jump further into green" and approach zero energy bills and zero water bills. A noble ambition, I’ll admit. As you might imagine, the home is for sale and has a laundry list of green features.
We’re seeing all sorts of companies going for LEED Certification, and the most macho of motorcycle manufacturers is no different. Just recently, the USGBC announced that the Frieze Harley-Davidson Dealership in O’Fallon, Illinois has been LEED Certified at the Gold level. It’s the first, LEED Harley-Davidson dealership in the Nation. The 33,000 sf dealership was sustainably designed and built with ICFs with an R-value of forty. Plus, with over forty Solatubes and all the various green elements that led to a credible Gold certification, it’s also partially powered by a wind turbine.