- USGBC Now Allows Cradle to Cradle (C2C) Points under LEED Innovation in Design Category.
- Britain Assesses the Pros and Cons of Green Homes.
- Baltimore is One Step Closer to Becoming Next City to Require Developers to Incorporate Green Building Standards into Projects.
- New Exelon HQs Becomes Largest Office Space in the World to be LEED-CI Certified at the Platinum Level.
This year’s Met Home Design 100 list has a ton of green projects and products and one of the magazine’s choices is the David Hertz LivingHome shown above. Built from a unique, aluminum-based panelized system, the Hertz home is about 2,650 sf with four bedrooms + four bathrooms. For ease of reference, I’m going to refer to this home as DH1 (see also RK1 and RK2), which I think works because in all likelihood, LivingHomes will feature more Hertz designs in the future. DH1 features a green roof and a private balcony that can be accessed by three of the four bedrooms. And like the other LivingHome prefab products, it will be LEED certified.
At a price point of about $215 psf, I hear LivingHomes is looking for the right client to take the plunge on DH1. What does it take? (1) land in or near Los Angeles, (2) intent to build within the next six months, (3) a budget of about +$750,000, (4) interest in building a green home, and (5) tolerance and patience throughout the process.
To me, this is a no-brainer. If I were out of college and established in business, I’d plop down a million in a heartbeat just to get the DH1 built and use it as a vacation home (at a minimum). I’d buy it for the joy of having one of the greenest prefabs in the country and I’d let all my friends stay in it. Actually, I’d probably hire a management company to lease it out by the day, week, or month, so anyone in the world could test out the joys of living in a modern + green home. I’d invite builders from all over the country to stay in it for free and showcase the green benefits. I’d make green viral. That’s what you can do with a great-looking, high-performance home like the DH1.
If you’re like me, you don’t have The Sundance Channel and you buy each episode of Big Ideas on iTunes for $1.99. I downloaded the last episode called "BUILD" and liked it so much, I’m going to buy a copy of the video on iTunes for the first 5 people to comment in this post. It’s really good. In an information-packed 25 minutes and 38 seconds, the producers take us through Michelle Kaufmann’s prefab factory, the process of building a Glidehouse, Carlton Brown’s green multifamily housing in New York, the advantages of green building, the future of green building with technology, and Mitchell Joachim’s fab tree hab.
Note – I’ll use the email that you comment with to gift the episode to you through iTunes. This is not a Sundance promo, this is JG promoting modern, green building.
Starting in December 2007, Hotel Terra is going to add itself to an exclusive list of green hotels operating in the United States. The Terra Resort Group (TRG) is developing this hotel for the market niche that desires luxury + sustainability. The Jackson Hole offering, which is going to be LEED certified, will be the first of 12-15 eco-boutique resort hotels that TRG plans to build by 2015. Hotel Terra is going to have every luxury one would need in a resort stay: spa + fitness center, ‘Terra Living Room’, rooftop hot tub, two restaurants, and a snowboard/ski rental shop. Also, guest rooms will have a Bose speaker setup, flat screens, and free wireless.
As far as the LEED features are concerned, Hotel Terra is going to be decked out pretty good: 100% recycled "Eco Shake" roof shingles; low-VOC carpets, sealants, paints, adhesives, etc.; personalized, energy-efficient heating and cooling zones; radiant heating on the bottom level to minimize direct heat loss and energy use; air quality and moisture filtering technology; Energy Star windows with low-E coating; water saving features such as dual-flush toilets, low-flow water fixtures, waterless urinals, and native landscaping; rainwater capture and runoff mitigation technology; chemical free cleaning and laundry products used in the hotel operations; hotel design to maximize internal exposure to natural lighting; 80% recycled content steel in the building structure; 50% construction waste reused or recycled; wind power used for 35% of electricity purchased by Hotel; and heavy reliance on renewable or recycled building materials such as bamboo, crushed glass, and seatbelts.
I’ve blogged about two other green hotel matters, Starwood’s 1 Hotel and Gaia Napa Valley Hotel. I have a feeling that Hotel Terra is going to have a leg up, assuming the absence of another market shock-type event like 9/11, on the other groups that are thinking about leveraging a serious green hotel brand. I’m also thinking I may have to take a quick jaunt up to Jackson Hole next December, since I’m going to be in SLC starting in May. Nice.
Today, the AIA released its list of the 2007 COTE Top Ten Green Projects, projects that showcase excellence in sustainable design principles and reduced energy consumption. On May 3, these ten projects will be honored at the AIA National Convention and Design Exposition in San Antonio. The jurors were the following leaders in the sustainability field: David Brems, FAIA, Gillies Stransky Brems Smith PC; Alisdair McGregor, PE, Arup; John Quale, LEED AP, University of Virginia School of Architecture; Traci Rose Rider, LEED AP North Carolina State University; Anne Schopf, AIA, Mahlum Architects; and Susan Szenasy, editor-in-chief, Metropolis. It’s likely that I’ll take a slower approach to some of the more modern of the following, but for right now, here are links to each of the ten projects that were selected.
- EpiCenter, Artists for Humanity – Arrowstreet Inc. (Boston, MA)
- Global Ecology Research Center – EHDD Architects (Stanford, CA)
- Government Canyon Visitor Center – Lake/Flato Architects (Helotes, TX)
- Hawaii Gateway Energy Center – Ferraro Choi and Associates (Kailua-Kona, HI)
- Heifer International – Polk Stanley Rowland Curzon Porter Architects, Ltd. (Little Rock, AR)
- Sidwell Friends Middle School – Kieran Timberlake Associates (Washington, DC)
- Wayne L. Morse U.S. Courthouse – Morphosis & DLR Group (Eugene, OR)
- Whitney Water Purification Facility – Steven Holl Architects (New Haven, CT)
- Willingboro Master Plan & Public Library – Croxton Collaborative Architects, PC (Willingboro, NJ)
- Z6 House – LivingHomes, Ray Kappe (Santa Monica, CA)
Congratulations to everyone for this recognition and for their contribution to the greener building environment. Anyone have a favorite or comment?
Lately, Ray Kappe has been getting a lot of attention for his residences designed for LivingHomes, the Steve Glenn prefab company. Kappe’s first home has been featured all over the place for achieving the highest LEED certification possible, the Platinum rating. I think his work is incredible, so I was studying his stuff when I came across this list of his, "the ten most important principles that helped make me a successful architect, planner, and educator." In the interests of learning from those that are remarkable examples of continuing achievement, I thought I would be good to share his list with the JG readers. Any thoughts?
- Think positively, not negatively.
- Accept structure but know that it is to be questioned and broken when necessary.
- Always be willing to explore, experiment and invent. Do not accept the status quo.
- Know yourself and keep your work consistent with who you are and how you think.
- Maintain good moral and social values.
- Be humble, honest, compassionate, and egalitarian.
- Have conviction about your work.
- Be open and say yes to most ideas and requests. The good ones will be valuable, the bad ones will cease to exist.
- Allow employees and fellow workers freedom and the ability to work to their strengths. Avoid hierarchy.
- Money should be the residual of work, not the goal. But do not compromise your worth.