Earthship Farmstead Receives Passive House Certification


Kaplan Thompson Architects were challenged by their clients to build a farmstead home in the mountains of Virginia that could not only meet standards for Passivhaus and LEED, but include a roof on which sheep could graze.

The solution: Earthship Farmstead is a house that is nestled in the east-facing hillside with a floorplan that fits the contours of the surrounding fields. The dining and living room extend out onto the hill to allow south-facing shaded windows to capture warmth and light from the sun. Recently, Earthship Farmstead received Passive House certification and is gathering data toward LEED Platinum certification.


By |May 30th, 2013|Passive House|1 Comment

Venice Yin Yang Solar-Powered House is 2013 AIA COTE Top Ten Green Project Winner


Located in Venice, California and designed by Brooks + Scarpa, the Yin Yang home provides private living spaces for a family that includes several children along with commercial office space for its owners and recently made the top ten list of Green Projects as compiled by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE).


By |May 12th, 2013|Green Building|4 Comments

Vertical Garden at Spanish Hotel Ushüaia is a Green Air Conditioning System


This living wall vertical garden at Hotel Ushüaia de Ibiza in Ibiza, Spain was designed by Urbanarbolismo who were assisted in the construction by Alicante forestal and Alijardín, and was the first greenwall garden system of its type.

Ceramic terracotta containers are interconnected but can retain unique substrates and vegetation. and porosity of the terracotta permits exchange of humidity. Drip and hand irrigation methods accommodate varying watering schedules.


By |April 20th, 2013|Vegetation|2 Comments

Visitor Centre at Vancouver Botanical Garden Features Undulating Green Roof


Of of Canada’s first buildings to be certified under the International Living Future Institute’s Living Building Challenge and designed to exceed LEED Platinum status for a significant model of sustainability, the 1,765 square meter VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, was designed by Perkins+Will in partnership with Sharp & Diamond Landscape Architecture and Cornelia Hahn Oberlander.


By |April 5th, 2013|Green Roof|3 Comments

1970s-Era Toledo Building Transformation Achieves LEED Platinum


This 1970s-era neo-classical building underwent significant transformations to achieve LEED Platinum certification, but the architects, Duket Architects and Centerbrook Architects and Planners, were tasked with retaining the original facade, which was thought of as a local landmark.


By |April 1st, 2013|LEED|1 Comment

The World’s Greenest Commercial Building Now Leasing for Spring 2013 Opening


Seattle’s Bullitt Center, a project of the Bullitt Foundation, has been designed to take the spot as the most energy efficient commercial building on the planet and put Seattle on “the forefront of the green building movement,” according to the project’s website.

With the first floor already leased to the International Living Future Institute and the University of Washington Integrated Design Lab, the remaining five floors of this 50,000 square foot green building are now available to lease in advance of its planned opening this spring.


By |March 5th, 2013|Green Building|5 Comments