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

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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

LSG Unveils $30 60-Watt Equivalent LED

Today Lighting Science Group announced that it has become the first U.S. company to domestically manufacture one million LED bulbs in less than a year.  With the announcement, LSG also unveiled a new omnidirectional A19 LED bulb as the one-millionth bulb.  The 60-watt replacement is 75% more efficient than an incandescent bulb and dimmable, mercury-free, and relatively affordable.

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By |December 13th, 2010|Energy Efficiency, Green Tech|7 Comments

Solera Strikes LEED Gold in Denver

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Solera Apartments in downtown Denver held its grand opening last month with 30% occupancy and a steady flow of potential lessees.  The 11-story, 120-unit project received LEED Gold certification — believed to be the first for a project of this kind in the Rocky Mountain Region — and was named Multi-family Project of the Year by Denver University's School of Real Estate.  Beyond that, Solera is expected to save about 60% or more on energy. 

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By |December 8th, 2010|LEED, Multifamily|0 Comments