Putting the Location in LEED

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Late last week, you may have heard, the USGBC, NRDC, and CNU officially launched LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND).  The pilot program opened in July 2007 with about 240 participating projects.  Now, with the launch, project teams around the world can register online and get going. 

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By |May 5th, 2010|LEED, News|3 Comments

Cheap, Green, Efficient Definity LEDs

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With Light Fair 2010 next week, there’s a lot of lighting innovation in the pipeline.  Take for instance this news we received from the Lighting Science Group.  They’ve developed new LED lighting — referred to as the Definity LED line — which they say is rigorously tested and relatively affordable.  The lights contain no mercury and are recyclable, dimmable, and long-lasting.

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By |May 3rd, 2010|Energy Efficiency, Gadgets|5 Comments

LEED, Prefab, Apartments: The Modules

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Update: Read about recently completed The Modules.

This 72-unit building, The Modules, is under construction near Temple University in Philadelphia.  Designed by Interface Studio Architects, the apartment project includes 60,000 square feet of living space with a green roof, parking for 38 cars, and storage for 50 bikes.  What’s impressive is not just that this will be a prefab, green, contemporary, apartment building, but that it may be the largest modularly-constructed LEED for Homes project in the nation.

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By |May 2nd, 2010|LEED, Multifamily, Prefab|0 Comments

Seeking Existing Home Energy Efficiency

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Older homes frequently aren't very energy efficient because power used to be extremely cheap and building codes varied widely. In mild climates, that tended to happen even more. Our home in Oakland was built in 1948 and was far from energy efficient when we bought it: single-pane windows and doors, some of which didn't close well; original floor furnace; no insulation in the ceiling or walls; drafty fireplace.

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By |April 28th, 2010|Energy Efficiency|3 Comments

Wisconsin Passive House in the Woods

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It’s interesting to see Passive Houses — like the Breezeway House in Millcreek, Utah — gain more and more recognition in both the mainstream media and design and construction circles.  Another project worth keeping an eye on, Passive House in the Woods, is quietly moving forward with carbon neutral ambitions and a goal to be the first Passive House in the state of Wisconsin.

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By |April 27th, 2010|Modern architecture, Passive House|6 Comments

Platinum Modern House in South Korea

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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.

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