- Builders return to class for lessons in ‘green.’
- California energy regulators adopted a target that all homes built after 2020 produce at least as much energy as they consume.
- Going green draws talent, cuts costs.
- New eco-friendly condo towers defy the logic of the market downturn.
- Green building projects will skyrocket over next five years.
Overnight, Postgreen announced its first development project in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. It will be a small project with two small, two-bedroom homes that will be modern, green, and affordable, a powerful trifecta of aspirations. Generally speaking, the homes will be designed by Interface Studio Architects and will be loftstyle with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, and enough green amenities to qualify for about a LEED Silver certification.
Interestingly, Postgreen is also conducting a case study to try to build one of the homes for only $100K. The purpose would be to prove that modern, green homes can be affordably built today. They’ve started a blog, the 100k House, to document the entire process from planning to construction to sale. If you have experience in this endeavor, and I’m sure you do or you wouldn’t be reading Jetson Green, Postgreen is looking for feedback for every step of the process, which you can do by visiting the 100k House blog. More here.
Austin recently witnessed the groundbreaking of Block 21, a $260 million mixed-use development in downtown being built to platinum certification under the USGBC’s LEED program. Block 21 includes a 250-room W Hotel® and 200 residential condominiums, a new television studio for the world- renowned Austin City Limits, a 2,200 seat live music venue, the Austin Children’s Museum Dell Discovery Center, retail space, restaurants, and an open-air public plaza. The project is expected to be one of the first mixed-use developments in the world built to this level of LEED standards.
The 35-story building will include the five-star W Hotel on the lower levels and 200 units of residential condos on the upper levels. The 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom condos will range in size from 643 to 3,183 sf, with top-of-the-line, luxury finishouts. The development will also include a state-of-the-art spa, a signature restaurant, and 47,000 sf of retail space.