19 Stunning Platinum Projects of 2010

In the past year, we’ve discussed several certified green projects but here’s the creme of the crop, 19 LEED Platinum ones.  These projects, mostly homes, all vary — new, old, big, small, modern, traditional, single family, multifamily, certified, pending.  Long story short, LEED Platinum, although difficult to attain, is where it’s at.  If you’re going to pay for certification, why go for anything less than the best?!

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By |December 29th, 2010|LEED, Lists|4 Comments

Platinum Modern Prefab Drops in Seattle

Greenfab, developer of well-designed, sustainable homes, just installed six modules in the Jackson Place neighborhood of Seattle for what’s expected to be the city’s first LEED Platinum modular home.  The demonstration home is owned by Robert Humble of HyBrid, project architect and general contractor, and will target net-zero energy and Built Green 5-Star certification.

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By |December 20th, 2010|LEED, Prefab|7 Comments

Bastyr Platinum Project Gets Top Award

Bastyr University‘s new student village was named Outstanding Multifamily Project of 2010 by the USGBC.  Located north of Seattle in Kenmore, the 11-building project was designed by CollinsWoerman and earned LEED Platinum certification.  It’s estimated to save about 34% on energy costs, as compared to a non-green, similar project, and houses 132 students.

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By |December 18th, 2010|LEED, Multifamily|2 Comments

Clean Energy, One Kilowatt at a Time

Centerbrook Architects offices from across the Mill Pond, photo by Derek Hayn

By Chad Floyd*

I would like to be able to state that I became an architect to save the planet from wasteful, polluting buildings – the built world accounts for some 40 percent of the greenhouse gases we produce – but the truth is my fondest desire was to become a thespian.  As the theater is an iffy business and my best stage feature, a lively head of hair, was rapidly waning, I turned to a more sensible alternative: architecture school.

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By |December 15th, 2010|Editorial, Energy Efficiency|3 Comments

Interview with a Passive House Owner

Rebecca Guymon and Joe Turner are the owners of Breezeway House – the first certified Passive House in Utah and in the western United States.  They’re unique because only a handful of these ultra-insulated, airtight, low-energy homes exist in the United States.  So I asked Turner to share his experience building and living in a Passive House and he was kind enough to respond.  This is mandatory reading for anyone interested in owning a Passive House.

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By |December 14th, 2010|Interview, Passive House|14 Comments

Energy-Efficient Wood Stoves by Morsø

Morso-6170-wall-mount-wood-stove

Whether you’re looking to replace a drafty fireplace or utilize zone heating during the cold winter, perhaps an energy-efficient stove from Morsø should be considered and researched for your application.  The company offers several models — small, large, traditional, or contemporary — that are built in a low-impact manner with recycled materials.

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By |December 13th, 2010|Energy Efficiency, Green Tech|0 Comments