I’m starting think that maybe, just maybe, the modern farmhouse could be a gateway to contemporary for many of you. What do you think, pretty clean design, right? The BrightBuilt Barn was designed by Kaplan Thompson Architects, factory built in components by Bensonwood (mentioned by Josh Stack in comments recently), and is being built by Gibson Design/Build as we speak. It was designed to be net-zero and super green — the home will participate in the Living Building Challenge and, in all likelihood, qualify for LEED Platinum certification. Geez! So what’s in store for this 700 sf studio home:
Check out this video with Rob Watson, a green building leader often referred to as the Father of LEED. Watson discusses general green building and current market trends. Towards the end of the video, he kind of eases into a discussion of Serious Materials, but that’s okay because Serious Materials is a legit company in terms of sustainable building materials. Most recently, Serious Materials took the category award at 2008 GoingGreen 100 for green building materials. I’ve transcribed some of the interesting quotes from this video below:
There's an interesting story to the green building certification of the historic Mutual Building in Lansing, Michigan. Not only did it receive LEED Platinum certification in both the LEED-CS and LEED-CI ratings systems, making it the world's first building to do so, it's also an historic building that's been preserved, renovated, and certified. People will, in all likelihood, discuss the building's double platinum certification, but I think it is more commendable and noteworthy that they did all that in the context of a building listed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks. It's quite incredible …
As an interesting example of adaptive reuse, I thought it would be fun to showcase the design of Menefee + Winer’s office in Atlanta, Georgia. Located at 1075 Brady Avenue near Georgia Tech, the 4,100 sf building used to be bland, gray muffler shop (see bottom) — but now with its vibrant colors and fierce shape, how about the transformation? This LEED Silver building is also, interestingly, the first LEED-NC certified architect’s office in Georgia. Here are a few things they incorporated through the gut rehab:
The green design and sustainability movement is gradually taking over all types of real estate and the restaurant industry is no different. Later this month, and pending certification, Founding Farmers is expected to become Washington D.C.’s first LEED Gold restaurant. It will also operate as a Certified Green Restaurant and serve sustainably farmed, locally produced food and products.