Constructed of prefabricated timber on a foundation basement of pre-cast concrete, this 300 square meter single family home integrates the topographical setting of a hillside slope on the edge of a quaint Swiss village in the Kanton Thurgau.
This week in Jetson Green Energy News, we’re reporting on a new green skyscraper in San Francisco, Top 10 Green Cities, Top 10 Green Projects, Donald Trump’s controversial (banned) anti-wind advertisement, environmental clean up in Wisconsin, new environmental funding in Minnesota, a new research facility in Colorado, and earthquake-resistant wallpaper. And, even though Earth Day is over, we still have plenty of green events for you to enjoy.
Tallest Tower on the West Coast to be Built in San Francisco
Project developers Hines, Houston, and Boston Properties broke ground on the 1,070-ft-tall Transbay Transit Tower after closing a land purchase for $192 million. Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, it will be taller than the Wilshire Grand tower being built in Los Angeles and become the West Coast’s tallest building. Green features include integrated metal sunshades to reduce solar gain, low-E glass, heat-exchanging coils in the foundation, comprehensive water recycling systems, and high efficiency fresh air handlers.
This week in Jetson Green Energy News, we’re reporting on recent energy-efficient design awards, a reinstatement of New Mexico’s eco-friendly building standards, new wind power coming to Canada, U.S. GSA sustainability goals, and America’s continued concern for the economy over the environment. Plus, our calendar of upcoming green events gets some new additions.
Carbon Challenge Won by ZeroEnergy Design and Cho Benn Holback + Associates
A home design competition that challenges entrants to choose building materials with minimal environmental impact, Carbon Challenge, has been won by ZeroEnergy Design for a Habitat for Humanity home in Providence, Rhode Island, and by Cho Benn Holback + Associates for its updated row hoses in Baltimore, Maryland.
How can you live sustainably just miles from a major of a heavily urbanized city like Atlanta and still feel like you have your own weekend getaway retreat? Currently seeking LEED certification, this stunning 4,750 square foot home gives its residents a feeling of remoteness while living only a mile away from shops, offices, and schools.
Blu® Homes builds award-winning, architecturally designed prefab houses in a 250,000 square foot manufacturing facility near Vallejo, California using a proprietary steel framing and building technology that results in economical, low-maintenance houses that are strong, beautiful, and finished on-site.
The Blu | Origin is their most versatile design, allowing for numerous floor plan possibilities. From studios to small one-bedroom cottages to two-bedroom homes, the Origin can stand alone, work well as a home addition or guest house, or be combined with other Blu Homes models. With prices starting at $130,000 the Origin is available in three sizes that are 18 feet wide: 24 feet, 36 feet, and 48 feet.
“The Q” is an apartment building in the Little Italy neighborhood of San Diego, California (Jonathan Segal FAIA & Development Company), so named after the gadget-inventing character, Q, of James Bond movie fame. A gross square footage of 90,000 houses 29 residential units, between 400 and 1,900 square feet a piece, along with underground parking.
Green features of The Q include rooftop solar panels that power common areas, low-E glazing, and operable windows that allow for light and air to enter the building through “gill slits,” or angled fins, on the building’s north facade.
To lighten the visual impact, the building volumes are transparent and clean-lined, and feature wrap-around glass that, from floor to ceiling, provides residents with dramatic views of the San Diego harbor and downtown skyline.
Rents range from $950 per month for studio apartments on up to $5,200 for two-bedroom duplex units. While these are above the average neighborhood prices, Segal was able to lease all of the units without difficulty. “We offered something different,” he said in an Architectural Record interview, “not boxes punched with holes, not transplanted suburban homes, but places that capitalize on the city experience.”
Jonathan Segal is known as one of the most successful and pioneering residential architectural and development companies in downtown San Diego, with a reputation for building superior housing at competitive prices. His firm focuses on urban projects that range between 80 and 160 units per acre of land. The firm has won twenty-four local, state, and national AIA awards for residential and urban design.