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9,800 sf Luxury Home Raises the Green Bar?

I’ve got a press release on "One of the Greenest Luxury Homes Ever Built," a home that is "sure to raise the bar for building green in the high-end market."  Folks, in our day and age, why spend $2,000 per month on heating and electricity for your 9,800 sf home, when you […]

By |September 24th, 2007|Energy Efficiency, Land Use|0 Comments

Green Sky Tower to be Tallest in Abu Dhabi (S2)

This development on Reem Island called The Gate is currently under construction in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  We’re talking about a total of 11,300,000 sf of development space.  One building is the Sky Tower.  Sky Tower will be the tallest tower in Abu Dhabi and (only) the fifth largest tower in UAE.  Topping out at 83 stories and 300 meters, it is anticipated that Sky Tower will be the first building in the UAE to receive LEED certification.  The Gate Development will also include five 62-story towers and two 31-story buildings.  Designed and planned by Arquitectonica, The Gate is supposed to become the gateway to a new city. 

It’s a pretty incredible looking development.  By all means, check the images below and let me know if you think it has a slight resemblance to Stonehenge.  Anyone agree?  When completed, The Gate will have a total of 4,600 residential units, 344,488 sf of office space, and 44,291 sf of retail space. 

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By |August 12th, 2007|LEED, Modern architecture, News, Skyscraper|0 Comments

$16 B to Clean Energy, Thin Film Solar, Home Efficiency Tips + the Economics of Homes Sizes (WIR)

Housing slowdown offers a chance to get real about HOME SIZES … good design and quality construction ultimately will prove more worthwhile than square footage.  Nine ways to make your home more energy efficient. Thin Film PV market could top $7 billion by 2015 … low cost, low weight, ease […]

Green Roofs, Cleantech Investments, Monster Homes + Stellar LEED Returns (WIR)

Rooftop vegetation and gardens are catching on–though there are still many questions about how and when to apply the technique.  Cleantech venture capital investments are small but growing.  Monster Homes: Enough is Enough – some places will make you pay for that big thing.  Developer sells its LEED […]

By |July 28th, 2007|Gadgets, LEED, News, Week in Review|0 Comments

S2: Zero Emissions, Zero Energy Office Tower – Burj al-Taqa

I’m a little late getting to this because I’ve reserved it for the Skyscraper Sunday column, but news of this building pretty much swamped the blogosphere a couple weeks ago.  This is the Burj al-Taqa, or Energy Tower, a project conceived by a handful of architects and Eckhard Gerber.  If Gerber’s computer models prove […]

By |May 27th, 2007|Energy Efficiency, Skyscraper, Solar|0 Comments

Throwback: Henry David Thoreau on Small Living

Recently, I wrote an article for another website (full disclosure: I decided to stop writing for this website) called, "What’s the Deal with Big Green Homes?"  The article lead to some good comments and discussion, but I’ve been nagged by some thoughts that were in the comments.  Two of the homes that were discussed in the article were very green by almost all green measures except that of size: one was 4,700+ sf and the other 6,000+ sf.  I readily admit the superior green amenities and features of each home, but here’s a portion of my argument:

Think about all the materials that went into such a behemoth. In many ways, big a** homes represent the unsustainability of gross commercialization and over-consumption. Good old fashioned American waste. If you’re the Cheaper by the Dozen family, a big house might be necessary. Otherwise, big does not equal green.

One of the entrepreneurs of this green website disagreed stating, "if it’s Green, go as Big as you can and want."  I don’t understand this line of thinking because for this to be logical, a green home would have to have absolutely zero impact.  But there’s always an impact, even if it’s managed or negligible or offset or balanced.  There’s always an impact, even if it’s the impact of taking something that could go to someone else. 

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By |April 2nd, 2007|book, Conservation, Editorial|10 Comments