Platinum Modern House in South Korea


This Samsung Green Tomorrow project is the first in East Asia to achieve LEED Platinum certification and the first zero-energy house in South Korea, according to project consultant ARUP.  Located in Yongin of the Gyeonggi Province, the project includes a zero-energy home of 4,553 square feet and visitor pavilion of 3,208 square feet with some incredible green features.


By |April 25th, 2010|LEED, Modern architecture|4 Comments

Clean Green Kitchen Rehab in Twin Cities


Joshua Foss, principal of Thrive Design Studio and ambassador for the Living Building Challenge, recently completed this clean and contemporary kitchen renovation in a home near Theodore Wirth Park.  Foss and the owners went with a color palette that, in the end, resembles nature in many ways.  The light blue walls resemble water or clear blue skies, the steel and aluminum mimic smooth stones, and the cabinets and floors ground the space with wood.


By |April 23rd, 2010|Materials, Modern design, Renovation|2 Comments

Platinum Timber Frame Home in Oregon


New Energy Works, a timber frame home builder with offices in New York and Oregon, recently announced the opening of their new show house in Portland.  Designed to be “a living example of greater sustainability in a design and craft intensive home,” according to company president Jonathan Orpin, The Vermont Street Project is thought to be the first timber frame home in the state seeking LEED Platinum certification.


By |April 20th, 2010|LEED, Single Family|0 Comments

Top 10 Green Built Neighborhoods


Natural Home just published a top 10 list of its favorite eco-friendly, energy-efficient communities in the nation.  If there’s anything to note, it may be that the Pacific Northwest is ahead of the game when it comes to green planning and thoughtful communities.  Here’s a quick look at each of the 10 communities; make sure to check out the original article – America’s Top 10 Best Green-Built Neighborhoods – for more information.


By |April 20th, 2010|Land Use, Lists|8 Comments

Urban Farms Around the World [CNN]


When the topic turns to urban farming, perhaps you envision one of those conceptual skyscraper farms proposed by the likes of Dickson Despommier, Gordon Graff, or SOA Architects.  But urban farming doesn't necessarily need to be done in a skyscraper, as evidenced by a recent article by Thair Shaikh of CNN.  Urban gardening isn't new either. 


By |April 20th, 2010|Land Use, Vegetation|2 Comments

The Long Lasting Energy Smart LED

Seems like the old incandescent business is on its last legs these days.  I’m reading news from GE to mean that they’ve come up with an expensive silver bullet for screw-in home lighting.  Due to hit shelves this fall or early 2011, the GE Energy Smart LED replaces 40-watt general service incandescent bulbs with nine watts of consumption, 450 lumens of light, and 25,000 hours of rated life.


By |April 9th, 2010|Energy Efficiency, Gadgets|1 Comment