I’ve been following the 100k House Project since the beginning and I’m completely sucked into the process. It’s a simple concept: low cost, modern, and green — something all houses should be. Today, they posted all new renderings with James Hardie Vertical Panel siding in various shades of gray. The new renderings present an entirely different look and feel that’s incredible. Chad, I’m giving you major props on this one. Interface Studio Architects is right on with that look. I just wish I could buy one of them!
Concourse E broke ground on two super green projects last December in Atlanta that intend to move beyond LEED and into a greener realm of living. Committed to the Architecture 2030 Challenge, Concourse E homes will consume roughly 60-90% less energy than comparable sized conventional homes. Concourse E owner Jeff Demetriou instilled the company with the idea that a modern home is not truly modern unless it takes the environment into account. Hence, Concourse E uses its own green building classification system called Greensphere. The company rating system has three levels, 1-3, with 3 being the best. Both of the projects you see below have descriptions from the website and are Greensphere 3 rated projects.
Have recycled or reusable materials to sell? Looking for recycled or reusable materials? Need materials that contribute towards LEED MR credits? Well, starting on or about March 17, you’re going to have a pretty nice looking resource to tap in the form of Planet Reuse. Planet Reuse "aims to divert existing products and materials from landfills, create less waste and use of virgin materials entering the waste stream, and create a solution for designers, homeowners, architects and builders seeking to design, create, and use more environmentally responsible practices."
People that have materials can go to the website and create listing to sell the product. Buyers can then search for materials by location and various other categories. After Planet Reuse attracts critical mass and community participation, it’ll be a killer resource for LEED APs. Great idea, Planet Reuse!
Update: 8/7/08 – check out Seed’s blog documenting the project at www.sipshousepdx.com.
Yesterday Seed Architecture Studio and Kaya General Contractors announced plans to build the first house in Portland using structural insulated panels ("SIP"). This sustainable home design is targeted to save 70% on bills (compared to a home built to current energy code) utilizing tech such as LED and fluorescent lighting, efficient appliances, passive cooling, and the ultra efficient SIPs. Speaking of the home, Seed Architecture Studio owner Darin Dougherty said:
In January of this year, Frontline/World reporter Timothy Lesle published a three-part, video documentary on Huangbaiyu called "China: Green Dreams – A NOT SO model village." Here’s a teaser intro to the report: "The village of Huangbaiyu in rural northeast China was supposed to be a model for energy-conscious design. The initial project was to build 400 sustainable homes, a collaboration between U.S. architect William McDonough and the Chinese. But something went awry. [Timothy Lesle] traveled to the region to investigate." I’m not going to tell the whole story — the series is quite compelling, and Mr. Lesle presents an honest perspective of Chinese urbanization.
- Cashing in on pollution, turning brownfields green.
- LEED Certified versus LEED Certifi-able.
- Green features grow in popularity in home design.
- San Francisco contemplates tougher green building laws.
- 11 Green Companies | 10 Polluting Companies.
- More developers see the financial benefits of eco-friendly building.
- Green car wash stuck in controversy over wind turbine.
- Payback thoughts on the price of going green.
*WIR = Week in Review; a Saturday showcase of excellent links.