- Citing the threat posed by climate change, California State Attorney General Jerry Brown has filed suit against San Bernardino County for failing to rein in sprawl.
- AIA releases a web feature on incorporating green design elements to enhance multifamily communities.
- Major hotel chains are starting to change their environmentally wasteful ways and design "greener" buildings.
- CB Richard Ellis Group becomes the first major commercial real estate services company to announce plans to go carbon neutral (and do it by 2010) and assist its clients with energy-efficiency programs.
It looks like the joint-venture partnership of AvStar Seattle LLC, which is the combo of Starwood Capital Group Global LLC (SCGG) and Avalon Holdings, broke ground on the world’s first 1 Hotel & Residences in Seattle. The 23-story, mixed-use development will be at Second Avenue and Pine Street in downtown Seattle. The $200 M development, which is slated for occupancy in the winter 2008, includes retail, residential, and hotel components with amenities such as a 40,000 sf athletic club, organic specialty restaurant and grocer, and 8,000 sf spa. There will be 110 "City Suites" and 98 condominiums, of which, the City Suites have already been oversubscribed and pre-reserved. Also, the LEED-certified hotel will receive the 5-star management services of SCGG. We know the building was designed by Sienna Architecture, and there are some good renderings at the links below, but specific details on green amenities are still a little tough to come by. We’ll keep monitoring the roll out of the 1 green hotel brand.
++1 Hotel & Residences [Official Website]
++1 Hotel & Residences [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]
++Avalon, Starwood Capital Break Ground on First 1 Hotel & Residences [GLN]
++Starwood Announces New Green Hotel: 1 Hotel & Residences [JG]
When I first saw the concept renderings, I thought I was looking at a diamond perched upon a hill. To the contrary, the images show a new mixed-use sustainable tower concept, or "ecological tower," by Foster + Partners for Khanty Mansiysk, Siberia. The tower rises on the foundation of two podium buildings, each diamond-cut in style to allow light to penetrate the atrium. The apex of the tower will have a panoramic viewing platform and restaurant for guests to gaze out into the city. Paramount to the design is the desire to facilitate solar gain (it’s cold in Siberia) and allow natural lighting. Encompassed by a densely wooded area, the architects designed the building to minimize disturbance to the landscape.
++Designs Revealed for New Ecological Tower in Siberia [Foster + Partners]
++Siberia’s Sparkling Eco Tower [WAN]
Being Green Can Be Easy. EcoUrban Homes Proves It. The first of several up and coming EcoUrban homes was recently completed, and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay was on location to celebrate the grand opening. It just so happens that this home is probably one of the greenest homes in Missouri — it has obtained LEED Platinum rating. Located at 3140 Pennsylvania Avenue in St. Louis, this 3-bedroom, 2-bath, modular home has a bamboo stairs, fiber cement board siding, double-pane low-e windows, R-40 Icynene insulation in ceilings and floors, built-in security system and recycling center, solid wheat board interior doors, ultra-low VOC paints, dual-flush high-efficiency toilets, and Energy Star lighting and appliances, to name a few green amenities.
Every Sunday, Jetson Green features a different green skyscraper, and flat out, I’m amazed at the innovation architects and engineers are putting into these towering eco-phallics. So, in the spirit of looking at what we can do with modern technology, I thought it would be fun to highlight an article called "Uber-Eco-Towers: The Top Ten Green Skyscrapers," by Jon Schroeder for EcoGeek. Building on the hype from the recent sustainable skyscraper design conference (link), Jon has a list of what he’s determined to be the top ten green towers. Here they are from top to bottom:
- The Bahrain World Trade Center Towers
- The Pearl River Tower
- Bank of America Tower – One Bryant Park
- The Lighthouse Tower
- The CIS Tower
- The Hearst Tower
- The Burj al-Taqa – Energy Tower
- Waugh Thistleton Residential Tower
- 340 on the Park
- The Urban Cactus
Looks like 7 of the 10 that made Jon’s cut have been featured previously on Jetson Green. I’ll make sure to write an article on the other 3 buildings detailing their accomplishments. Nice list EcoGeek…
::"S2" is short for "Skyscraper Sunday," a weekly article on green skyscrapers posted every Sunday::
- Wired to Sell – Smart-home technology is becoming increasingly available with a variety of conservation and convenience features.
- Why Big Houses? The average, new American home is 2,400 sf; experts weigh in on America’s fascination with bigger is better.
- Wind Energy White Paper "In Defense of Wind," by Dallas attorney Trey Cox outlines concerns about wind energy industry’s rapid and unregulated growth.
- Peddling Smart Growth – call your project "smart" – even when it isn’t – and get millions in public funds.