The Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building is coming along nicely. Yang is the co-founder of Yahoo! and Yamazaki is a director of the Wildlife Conservation Network in Los Altos. Needless to say, the powerful couple takes pride in their alma mater and the environment. But back to the building. Dubbed the Y2E2 Building, this $120 M building will be quite the eco-structure once completed. Funded in part by a $50 million grant by Yang and Yamazaki, Y2E2 is expected to use 50% less energy and roughly 90% water of a traditional building of similar size. Coming in at roughly 166,000 sf, Y2E2 is expected to be complete near the end of this year, say November or December-ish, and will become the future home for the Woods Institute for the Environment (and a couple other groups). Y2E2 is located at Via Ortega and Panama Street. Another image below the jump.
This news isn’t all that surprising because the government (at various levels) has shown significant support for green buildings, but recently, NASA set the wheels in motion to have a $54 million LEED Silver building built in Greenbelt, Maryland. This three story office and laboratory structure will be the future Exploration Sciences Building at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. And as a side note, NASA has determined that all future buildings will be constructed to the LEED Silver level, at a minimum. Designed by EwingCole, the completed building will end up at about 265,500 sf. Looks good. UPDATED 8/23/2007: new images swapped out.
I’m going to be talking with the CEO of Jeriko House, Shawn Burst, later this week, but I still want to post an update on what’s happening with this Louisiana-based modern prefab company. I broke the story on Jeriko House last January and a lot has happened since that time. Right now, Jeriko House is smack dab in the middle of three different projects, with more on the development table. Feel free to head on over the newly redesigned, updated website for current projects, the gallery, and other information on what the company has to offer.
Hypothetical: What Would it Take?
Jeriko House is prepared to adapt their designs for a variety of climates and sites, so they can go anywhere in the United States. With that in mind, let me throw out a little hypothetical to satisfy my own curiosity. Assume your are in the market for a new home and you have an empty lot. What would it take to put a Jeriko House on your lot? Any thoughts? Unload in the comments. Also, some incredible pictures below the jump.
With a skyscraper farm, the idea is that one can control the environment and manner of producing crops. Unless the building is wiped out by tornado or earthquake, vertical farms have the potential to reduce weather-related crop failures. And with modern engineering, one could set up an elaborate system of rainwater reclamation and filtering to avoid water runoff pollution. Plus, skyscrapers go everywhere. You could have towers in Tokyo, London, Shanghai, Dallas, or where ever, growing organic goods. Locally-produced organic goods sans the transportation premium and carbon emissions–now that has the potential to be disruptive! Vertical farms use artificial light and with the right combination of renewable energy power a building, I could see this being a legitimate endeavor. Experts suggest we’re about 15 years away from realizing something like this, but hey, it’s not one of the worst ideas I’ve ever heard.
The above image is the Living Tower by Pierre Sartoux. The first level below the jump is Gordon Graff’s SKYfarm. The second level is the Vertical Farm by Chris Jacobs. Link for background story; link for images.
Looks like LA City Council has unanimously approved a $400-million mixed-use green development totaling 1.1 million sf called Blvd6200. Blvd6200 will feature more than 1,000 apartments, 40,000 sf of live-work office space, and 175,000 sf of retail and restaurant uses on a seven-acre site. Designed by Santa Monica-based Van Tilburg, Banvard & Soderbergh, the new LEED project will occupy a site that spans both sides of Hollywood Boulevard at Argyle Avenue east of Vine Street. The project is going to be developed by the Clarett Group, a top New York development company, and other than having 10 flex cars available for residents, specifics on green certification aren’t available yet. I’ll keep tabs on the project. More images below the fold. Via Globe St.
Project7ten proves that ultra green can look ultra good. This is another cool residential home project that will get LEED certified at the Platinum level. Actually, as one of only a few LEED Platinum homes in the country, this project could become the discourse for a greener home. The home was designed by Melinda Gray, founder of GRAYmatter Architecture, and is currently under construction. Upon completion in the fall, there will be an open house for everyone to see how good a green home can look. 710 Milwood Avenue, Venice, California.
The event where project7ten was introduced drew a crazy celebrity crowd with the likes of Cindy Crawford, John Cusak, David Duchovny, Toby McGuire, Laird Hamilton, Gabrielle Reece, and Ed Begley Jr. How’s that for some ‘razzi fodder?
So what’s going to make this home so green? Rainwater reclamation system and grey water recycling, locally-sourced sustainable materials, recycled content countertops and insulation, FSC-certified lumber, solar panels to power the home, and appropriate landscape to shade the home during the summer and allow light during the winter. Also, there will be Energy Star appliances and Kohler water-efficient fixtures. The lucky purchaser will get an 18-month lease on a Ford Escape Hybrid, too. Not too shabby. Plus, with all the sponsors lined up to support the project, the developer Minimal Productions will donate a share of proceeds to charity. More images below the fold.