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Sweetwater HQ Gets LEED Platinum

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About four years ago, Indiana based audio and music equipment supplier Sweetwater Sound Inc. began running out of space and started looking for other options.  After ruling out the ability to add to their existing facility, they decided to build something new.

The goal was to create something special for Fort Wayne and have the building resonate with the employees, almost all of whom are musicians and have an interest in the environment.  The architecture firm MSKTD suggested that they pursue LEED certification, and after a visit to Herman Miller's LEED Gold facility in Holland Michigan, they were sold.

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100k House Gets All Sorts of Props

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A long time ago, we mentioned the 100k House project developed by Post Green in Philadelphia.  The project involves two attached homes designed by Interface Studio Architects, and one was a case study of sorts to try to build it for only $100,000.  What I liked about the project was its attempt to marry three essential elements: style, sustainability, and affordability.  All too often, these three are hard to put together in the same package.  But the media wave followed, and Post Green seems to have delivered what it set out to do.

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The Eco Office Reaches New Heights

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The Southface Eco Office is a state of the art building designed by Lord, Aeck & Sargent.  The Atlanta building has 10,000 square feet of space spread throughout three levels, as well as an upper-level green roof space.  The building is the same size as roughly three-quarters of the commercial buildings in the country, yet it's different in a number of ways.  Not only is it LEED Platinum certified, the highest level achievable, but The Eco Office was designed to use 53% less energy and 84% less water. 

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