This is The Zody Chair by Haworth. It’s an incredible chair. Best chair I’ve ever used. It gives you this feeling that’s hard to explain. It’s kind of like when you get a new pair of shoes at the age of 8 or 9. Those shoes make you run faster, jump higher, and do more. Well, this chair is that for business people. It helps you do more when you’re doing a lot of sitting around. I feel different in this jet black, super modern, eco-friendly, award-winning chair.
Today’s that big shopping day with all the crowds: it’s Black Friday. If you’re in the market for a quality gift, I honestly think you should just ring in an order for one of these and call your Christmas shopping done. I’m serious. I recently toured the offices of a green renovation and they had a room full of Zody chairs. When they were looking for chairs, they felt the Zody chair was superior in green benefits and had a reasonable price.
Cascade Built recently finished construction on Jackson Place Townhomes, a two-unit, urban infill project built to LEED Silver certification (currently only registered). As you can tell, it has that undeniable modern appeal, which is stylishly intertwined with green construction and design. For $485,000, you could walk away with one of these 2 bedroom, 1.75 bath, 1260 sf townhomes. Good design is a like a square footage multiplier — the better the design, the smaller your space requirements.
You may have heard about a huge mall, entertainment, tourist project in central New York called Destiny USA. It’s quite the scheme that’s been in planning for many years. I just caught news of some of their phase I and II plans for green building and energy. For the 1.3 million sf Phase I, they retained Tangarie Energy to place sixteen, 5 kW drill-bit shaped wind turbines in the parking lot, which will produce roughly 64,000 – 84,000 kW hours of clean energy. They also want to be 100% fossil fuel free and energy efficient, so we’ll probably hear more specific details in the future. The turbines are designed to work well in lower wind speeds and should provide about 30% of their energy needs.
Phase II will start in 2009. For that, they’re planning a 1,300+ key hotel tower and conference facility, which will be built to LEED Platinum certification. The unique looking hotel project, shaped almost like blades of grass, will generate electricity from its solar panel facade and hydro-electric turbines (using rainwater collected on the roof). Once finished in 2012, it is planned to be the tallest building in upstate New York.
The first Gold certified LEED-H home in Illinois is built from the renovation of an old neighborhood tavern. The 3,800 square foot building is used by the owners as both a residence and as the offices of their company: Smog Veil Records. The label has adopted an "eco-friendly" set of principles, and the owners felt their home/office ought to reflect those values as well. Daylighting, recycled materials, and efficient appliances were all part of this project. Inside, some of the floors are made of a terrazzo made from recycled glass and chunks of old vinyl records. (That's probably the only kind of vinyl flooring anyone should have.)