There’s an interesting podcast with architect Thom Mayne, principal at Morphosis, and Andrew Blum (contributing editor at Metropolis and Wired). This article at Treehugger explains the building’s green features and striking exterior. Notably, it’s designed to use about half as much energy as a similar-sized office building. Via Andrew Blum.
Green Your Business, Lifecycle of a Green Product, Energy-Efficient Dwellings, + James Lovelock (WIR)
- 50 Ways to Green Your Business
- 7 Steps in the Lifecycle of a Green Product
- Kansas Coal-fired Power Plant rejected over carbon dioxide.
- Cement is crucial for growth in booming economies but an enemy of green.
- UA architecture students set out to prove that energy-efficient dwellings need not be expensive.
- Scientist James Lovelock says that global warming is irreversible.
Trump's Stalled Golf, $1 Trillion Clean Energy Market, Small Wind Obstacles, Stylish Prefab, + Green City Branding (WIR)
- Donald Trump’s "Greatest Golf Course" hits bird bunker – seven bird species, and plenty of Scots, hold up $2 Billion development.
- Morgan Stanley estimates that clean energy sources like wind, solar, geothermal, and biofuels could grow to as much as $1 Trillion a year by 2030.
- Wind turbine on your roof? Not so fast. Obstacles include cost, output, noise, and even damage to your home (but even obstacles are surmountable).
- It’s a Fab, Fab World – Modular homes are stylish and affordable.
- Eco-friendly City Branding – Sacramento looking to become green.
The City of Austin, after a year of serious research by the Zero Energy Capable Homes Task Force, announced a huge initiative towards requiring all new single-family homes to be zero-energy capably by 2015. Here’s how it works. Today, the city adopted the first in a series of code amendments and a road map of code amendments that will be implemented through 2015. Due to this first series of changes, roughly 6500 new homes built in Austin will be about 20% more efficient. Through 2015, as the code changes ratchet up the efficiency baseline, homes will end up using about 65% less energy than those built today. Then, owners will have the option of adding solar or some other clean tech to get the home to zero energy status.
Speaking of the Zero Energy Homes Initiative, Mayor Will Wynn said, "We’re taking action today that will lower the cost of utility bills, make housing more affordable, help improve air quality and take critical steps in the fight against global warming." He continued, "The savings here are staggering – over the next ten years these policies will save homeowners almost $125 million on utility bills and have the same greenhouse gas reduction effect as taking almost 200,000 cars off the road." It should be said, however, that home prices will increase slightly due to the initiative, but all those green Dell employees should be able to handle it, right?! Speak with your wallet.
McMansion Backlash, Green Realtors, Cradle to Cradle, Sustainable City Governance, + Mass-produced Green Buildings (WIR)
- The Swelling McMansion backlash – tactics include energy-consumption restrictions, petitions, and outright building moratoriums.
- Realtors Sell Green – specialized training boosts real estate agents’ eco credibility.
- Hyper-green products go ‘Cradle to Cradle‘ – growing list of products aiming to win new eco-certification.
- Ten principles for sustainable city governance.
- Mass-produced green buildings: not an oxymoron – can a cookie-cutter approach speed up the pace of green building in the US?
- Hard Facts on Soft Costs – What is LEED Going to Cost Me?
- A Mighty Wind – Rooftop wind turbines are an increasingly popular way to generate electricity in cities. Also, Home Power Magazine released their Small Wind Turbine Buyer’s Guide (pdf).
- The ‘Green Building’ trend is growing in residential construction.
- President Clinton announces record number of Clinton Global Initiative commitments in first 24 hours of conference.