- Hard Facts on Soft Costs – What is LEED Going to Cost Me?
- A Mighty Wind – Rooftop wind turbines are an increasingly popular way to generate electricity in cities. Also, Home Power Magazine released their Small Wind Turbine Buyer’s Guide (pdf).
- The ‘Green Building’ trend is growing in residential construction.
- President Clinton announces record number of Clinton Global Initiative commitments in first 24 hours of conference.
Hot on the heels of Best Buy’s announcement to build new stores to LEED standards, we have Office Depot and Staples jumping into the LEED game. With these announcements, we’re seeing two main trends: (1) the mainstreaming of green buildings and (2) the business case for green buildings, especially in the retail context. It just makes sense. But as many other commentators have mentioned, these so called green stores will be energy efficient, made of renewable materials, and will use less water, BUT they’re huge and a by-product of American sprawl. Without passing judgment, I have the belief that a green retail store is better than a non-green retail store. It’s a step in the right direction. More on each company below.
Developer Tribeca Associates has chosen Brennan Beer Gorman Architects (BBG Architects) to design the overhaul of an historic 1910 warehouse building. At a price of $220 million, the existing structure will be redeveloped into 292,000 sf of office space, with 12 stories of new hotel space rising from the office pedestal. There will be a small portion of retail space and the hotel will be one of the few Silver LEED Certified buildings in the U.S. Located at 330 Hudson Street (324-344 Hudson) in the downtown Hudson Square area of Manhattan, the new structure will combine sustainable design and historic preservation in a powerful 22-story package. The iconic masonry exterior of the existing structure will undergo meticulous restoration, and the finished structure will include amenities such as event space, rooftop pool, sky bar, signature restaurant, outdoor terraces, conference center, and a fitness center. Via Wired NY.
Coal + Climate Change, ASLA's Green Roof, Sprawl Costs, Nanotechnology, Greener Homes + LEED Criticism (WIR)
- The highly respected Ed Mazria, founder of Architecture 2030, says, "The only fossil fuel that can fuel global warming is coal. If you stop coal, you stop global warming. End of story."
- The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) reports on their green roof: it retained lots of water, reduced building energy costs, and lowered the outdoor air temperature.
- Green Technology Forum report finds that nanotechnology can make green buildings more cost-effective, energy-efficient, and in tune with their environment.
- Greener homes mean much more than planting lots of trees.
- Texas Traffic Institute study says traffic congestion is worse than last year and cost the nation over $78 billion, including the cost of lost time.
BONUS: A Wave of LEED Critical News
Just a quick note on a new book that’s out by Jerry Yudelson called Green Building A to Z. I received an advance copy that I’ve read through and want to give away to a random commenter.* As the preface explains, "[this book] is designed for you, intelligent reader, who may not be actively engaged in architecture or building engineering, but who needs a quick introduction to the rationale for green buildings and the language of the field." I’d like to describe it as a dictionary of everything relating to green building, but it’s more than that. Yudelson has an approachable perspective and breaks everything down nicely. After reading through explanations of biophilia, thermal energy storage, and commissioning, you’ll be hitting on all cylinders. I think this is a good book to have on hand as a reference, almost as a checklist of things to think about with a project. It’s also a good book for building owners, investors, or lenders that want to know more about green building principles.
*After 48 hours, I’m going to pick a number out of a baseball cap and give this book away to the comment number corresponding to the number pulled from the hat. Since you leave your email when you comment, I’ll email you for your address and shipping’s on me to anywhere in the U.S. Not sure what to say in the comments? Tell me where you’re commenting from: "Salt Lake City, Utah here!"
I sat on this post for a while trying to find up-to-date information on its status but was unable to locate anything. This is a storage facility planned for the east bank of the Willamette River. Typical storage facilities can take up to 30 acres, but this one, designed for house boats, recreational vehicles, and storage pods, is going to be maxed out on 3 acres. The taller tower rises 22 stories into the sky and uses a giant mechanical arm capable of lifting 40,000 lbs. Interestingly, the project is planning construction to LEED Platinum standards and will include more than 175,000 sf of solar panels (making it the largest solar facility in the northwest). With the estimated project costs at about $40 M, Portland City Storage also plans to rehabilitate the riverfront property adjacent to the towers.